May 1, 2018 by ceresbooksworld
Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope
Book one of Earthsinger Chronicles
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Publication date: May 1st, 2018
Source: eArc from the publisher
Rating: Evil Love
A treacherous, thrilling, epic fantasy about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers.
Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive–an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.
Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagamiri is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and it’s people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda’s Earthsong to do it. They escape their ruthless captors and together they embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps.
Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.
The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.
First of all let’s talk about the war, in fact there were several between Elsira and Lagrimari. The Lagrimari are locked on one side of the mountains by an ancient spell.
The people of Lagrimari are governed by a man who is called The True Father, this people has the power called Earthsong. The true Father asks his people for tributes, he wants their powers, they have no choice but to obey and then they no longer have powers.
The people of Elsira have no powers and are afraid of the Lagrimari and their Earthsinger. This people are led by the Prince Regent who governs until the queen wakes from her long sleep.
And now let’s get down to business.
Jasminda has lost her parents and brothers, she has lived alone for two years on her parents’ farm but when she returns home after going to the village she discovers an injured young man. Jasminda’s father was a Lagrimari and her mother an Elsiran, therefore jasminda is an Earthsinger and Elsiran but her power is weak. She still succeeds thanks to her earthsong to save Jack, the unknown and she will help him in his quest to save his people, Elsiran.
Jasminda is an intelligent, independent girl, she is not afraid of others but the people of Elsira never accepted her because of her powers. Her incomprehension and sadness are felt perfectly. When she meets Jack, she discovers that not all Elsirans are the same and that some understand. I love Jasminda, she tries to do her best to help Jack and even if sometimes she forgives a little too easily their relationship is just beautiful.
Jack went to play spies in Lagrimari through a passage, when he was discovered; he fled and was saved by Jasminda. He absolutely wants to save his people from the approaching war, yet no one believes that The True Father will succeed in breaking down the barriers.
I love Jack, he is tender and adorable, he doesn’t hesitate for a second to sacrifice himself to help Jasminda and he wants to protect her at all costs. He does not like the way his people treat the Lagrimari who came to seek refuge in Elsira. He will do everything to change mores but as for all that requires work and men of confidence.
The love relationship between Jasminda and Jack is slowly building over the book, it’s beautiful and I loved the love and understanding between these two characters. Of course they make mistakes but each time they come back to each other, their love is pure and sincere.
I really liked this story, the fact that two peoples are at war and especially to understand why they have been at war for so long was really important. We finally realize that discrimination is everywhere and that consciences do not change quickly. You already know that Jack and Jasminda have a place in my heart but I also loved Oola, Yllis, Usher and his good advice.
I loved the ending and this discovery that finally changed the perception of the world for some.
The style of L Penelope is fluid, once in the story it’s hard to close the book and stop, we want to know how it will end and quite frankly I look forward to reading the second volume, which is not about the same characters.
Quick word: A wonderful story of love and open-mindedness.
About the author
Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is the author of fantasy and paranormal romance with characters who match the real world. Her debut novel, SONG OF BLOOD & STONE, won the 2016 Self-Publishing eBook Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. The fantasy series was picked up by St. Martin’s Press for publication starting 2018.
She was born in the Bronx, just after the birth of hip hop, but left before she could acquire an accent. Equally left and right-brained, she studied Film at Howard University and minored in Computer Science. This led to a graduate degree in Multimedia and a career in website development. She’s also an award-winning independent filmmaker, co-founded a literary magazine, and sometimes dreams in HTML.
Leslye lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents: an eighty-pound lap dog and an aspiring feral cat. Sign up for new release information and giveaways on her website: http://www.lpenelope.com.