A Song of Blood & Stone
My Rating: 💜💜💜
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.
I received an ARC from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley.
I enjoyed this way more than I expected to. And you guessed it, because it was basically a romance with a bit of fantasy.
Our story takes place where we have two parts of the world who have been at war for years but no one knows why or how this war came to be. All they know is this war and how it tears people apart.
It did start off a bit slow for me and took a while to get into. After a few chapters in, the plot kept my attention I found it to be unique. I did find it to be a little predictable but it didn’t take away from the story.
The romance was so sweet in this book. So swoonworthy! Jack and Jasminda were so sweet together. I see a lot of reviews saying their attraction was insta love, but you already know that I’m here for the insta love in my books so I was all for it.
Overall, I highly recommend and can’t wait to read the next book in this series!
About the Author
L. 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