Song Of Blood & Stone: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One by L. PenelopeSong Of Blood & Stone: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One by L. Penelope

Song Of Blood & Stone: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One

byL. Penelope

Hardcover | May 1, 2018

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"Wonderful characters, unique setting, and an engaging romance set against the backdrop of ancient magic. I can't wait to see what L. Penelope will do next."--Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author

L. Penelope's Song of Blood & Stone is 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 Lagrimar 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 its people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda's Earthsong to do it. They escape their vicious captors and together embark on a perilous journey to save the land 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.

"Prepare to be hooked. Song of Blood & Stone is brimming with captivating lore, unique magic, and plot-turns you never saw coming. L. Penelope has written your next fantasy obsession." --Elise Kova, USA Today bestselling author of The Loom Saga

L. Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is an award-winning author of new adult, fantasy, and paranormal romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents. Her books include the Earthsinger Chronicles (Song of Blood & Stone, Whispers of Shado...
Title:Song Of Blood & Stone: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book OneFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.64 × 6.6 × 1.38 inPublished:May 1, 2018Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250148073

ISBN - 13:9781250148070

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from L. Penelope deals with racism and xenophobia in this heartbreaking yet magical fantasy world. ***4.5*** Trigger Warning for attempted rape L. Penelope deals with racism and xenophobia in this heartbreaking yet magical fantasy world. I admit it was hard for me to read this book at points, but in the month and a half that this spent in my currently reading shelf, it constantly held my attention (whether I was reading it or not) and I was able to get back into it without a problem. The characters are what really stood out for me. For starters, the main character, Jasminda, is a strong and badass woman despite being judged by Lagrimari and Elsrians for being mixed race, not to mention that she has magic abilities that are much more important than she realizes. Jack stood out mostly because the name "Jack" in a fantasy novel was a bit odd to me, however, I later started to really care for him-something I wasn't expecting to do. I enjoyed the plot for the most part and I liked the visions intertwined with the story. And that ending? I am impatiently waiting to read the next book in the series.
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story! This is a great YA fantasy story. I loved how quickly the action began in this story! I was immediately thrown into Jasminda’s life and problems. And right after she was introduced, Jack and some soldiers appeared on her doorstep. The only problem with this was that there wasn’t any background given about this world, so when things started happening in the world around Jasminda and Jack, I was a little confused. Once I figured out what was happening in the wider world of the story, I really enjoyed it. The pacing was great. It all moved very quickly, so I flew through the book. I’m curious to see where this series goes. I can’t wait to read the next story. I received a copy of this book from the publisher on NetGalley.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Jack and Jasminda!!! I greatly enjoyed reading this one. Not only was the fantasy world written well and different, but the characters had excellent chemistry and the plot flowed to make the reading enjoyable and quick. The world building is excellent and different. The story alternates in between with Jack and Jasminda’s point of view, but also there are some chapters that tell the background story of how their world was created. I enjoyed these alternating chapters. It provides better structure of the setting, it provides the mythology and a better understanding of the “True Father” and “The Queen who Sleeps”. It’s well written and everything comes together seamlessly. The plot itself is also excellent. I love the concept of “Silents” and “Songbearers” and both are living side by side but marred by war and prejudice. And did you ever see the hate towards Jasminda throughout the book. You get angry at her treatment but Jasminda bears it and she does it well. The plot is pretty fast paced and it’s feels like a fast read – not to mention the fact that it’s very interesting. There’s a good mix of fantasy, action, and romance. What wasn’t really necessary was the Lizvette part. It made that aspect predictable and it didn’t really mesh well with what was going on with all the other things. It felt like it was placed there for filler reasons (I mean, we all know who Jack was going to go for a this point…) Now for Jack and Jasminda. I LOVED both of them together. They had this chemistry going on and you could feel it throughout the novel. It was heart wrenching in various parts of the book and you wanted to reach out to them and MAKE them go together (Jack you deserve some slaps of stupidity for some of the stuff you said). They’re both great characters and Jasminda’s development throughout the novel was excellent. Despite the changes she went through she didn’t lose her sass and her ferocious independence (love how this exasperates Jack by the way lol) Definitely looking forward to the second book of this series! The ending was great (and I’m sure there’s way more battles to come)
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Totally Recommend it! Song Of Blood And Stone revolves around a girl with magic powers (termed as a song) and a skin color that makes her stand out from the crowd of non-majis. The world here can be divided into two groups: one with magic powers strong enough to change wind directions or speed, called the Lagimaris and the second with no songs but powerful people nonetheless, called the Elsirans. Both the cities are separated by a magical wall that prevents a cruel leader from breaching a clause to not take over the Lagimaris. I really liked this book for quite a few things. One, the main protagonist, Jasminda, is a strong, confident female who does emotionally break at times but stands up again. She’s built to be the loneliest person because her parents and brothers are all dead, leaving her behind to suffer the abuse of people around her, pointing her out as a grol witch because of her Earthsong (magical power). Not only this, she’s not financially stable and struggles to keep her house at the farm because of the unpaid tax debt. While her character arc was resonating a saddened vibe, her personality was quite balanced between a strongly opinionated but sensitive human. The world set up is interesting, though the world building isn’t the best. Some things might get confusing and it takes time to get completely engrossed in the fictional setting. However, the myths or legends created in this world are intriguing--there’s a saviour waiting to be awoken called the Queen Who Sleeps and is considered almost equal to God; sometimes Lagimaris might receive this Queen’s orders in their dreams and that’s how a war is fought. So, needless to say, hardt work has been put into the story. There are a few topics that aren’t particularly ‘dealt’ with but they are given a limelight to show the harsh realism in this fictional world and I think that deserves appreciation. Like I already mentioned, there are racism induced actions against Jasminda so that’s a struggle for her in itself. Though, the way her character dealt with it is different and definitely not everyone can relate to her responses so I won’t say much about it. There are refugee and interracial issues highlighted. At one point, refugees are being shot by the military unless a senior officer steps in, which shows the brutal reality of the hardened stigma surrounding refugees--they aren’t the country’s own so why should they be treated fairly. Similarly, Jasminda belongs to the Lagimaris but lives in the Elsira and this sets up another reason for her to be picked at. A true biracial struggle that leaves her feeling isolated. The male protagonist, Jack, might not be my book-boyfriend material but he was admiring, no doubt. It’s so difficult to write about him without spoiling anything..ugh. Anyway, he’s a wounded soldier found and treated by Jasminda who soon falls in love with her. His personality is that of a gentleman and he’s intelligent--uses reasoning and logic while keeping up his morals. Each chapter has these two to three lines of collected folk tales that somehow resonate with the chapter’s content. This impressed me, definitely! The writing is a first person, alternate PoV that’s pretty beautiful at times and a pleasure to read. However, the story had so many tropes! Some of them were my pet peeves so while they don’t affect an overall reader’s point of view, they do affect mine. For example, insta-love and the evidently chosen one trope. The romance between Jasminda and Jack was fine for me; it didn’t make me cringe but it didn’t make me swoon either. They had respect for each other and hot scenes but I felt like they loved each other too quickly. The pacing was tiring at the start and it was only halfway through that I felt the most captivated. The disclosures or revelations weren’t that unpredictable and sometimes just made me turn page without any hint of expressions because “yup, totally knew that was gonna happen!”. Whatever be the case, I do recommend this to those who are looking for a magical realism fantasy with diversity and a good enough plot.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprised Me! I got an eARC from NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you St. Martins Press for the opportunity to read this book and give my honest opinion. Also another big thank you to St. Martins Press for asking me to be part of the blog tour for this book. In this world, Elsira and Lagamire are two nations hostile towards each other and separated by a magical border, the Mantle. In Elsira the gift of Earthsong is feared, but in Lagamire, it is taken as a tribute to the dictator that is in power, the True Father. Jasminda lives alone in Elsira as an outcast because of her Earthsong. Her parents are dead and her house is about to be auctioned away unless she can gather funds. During a storm, a group of threatening soldiers seek shelter in her cabin. With them, they bring an injured spy. Jack is an Elsirian spy sent across the Mantle to infiltrate Lagamire to assess if the Mantle between the two is going to fall. Plans go astray and he is found out and taken captive by the soldiers and is on his way to the True Father. They escape from the soldiers and set off together on a journey to uncover secrets of the Queen Who Sleeps and save the two nations from war and the True Father. Before reading this I hadn`t looked up any reviews or heard anything about it. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this book and I found it to be very easy to read and fall into the world. I was a bit surprised during some scenes because of graphic content. I thought this was a young adult novel, but after reading it there are some more graphic scenes that wouldn`t be the best for younger audiences. The beginning of this book is so gripping and captured my attention right away. We learn that nobody in town really likes Jasminda, because her appearance is different from everyone else and she has Earthsong. She lives in an isolated cabin away from the town, but the officials are trying to auction off her house so she will have no choice, but to leave. This book has a historical fantasy vibe to it and it integrates social problems seamlessly. It talks about racism, oppression, immigration, and shows that Jasminda was nervous to have a group of male soldiers in her house for fear of her safety. Her romance with Jack is very insta-lovey and very fairytale like because his character is so good. That being said, the characters were well written. There is so much I liked about this book that I can`t possibly write it all down. I would recommend this book, it is one that I would buy even though I have already read it. I am looking forward to what happens next. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-01

Editorial Reviews

"Wonderful characters, unique setting, and an engaging romance set against the backdrop of ancient magic. I can't wait to see what L. Penelope will do next."--Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author"Prepare to be hooked. SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE is brimming with captivating lore, unique magic, and plot-turns you never saw coming. L. Penelope has written your next fantasy obsession." --Elise Kova, USA Today bestselling author of The Loom Saga"Readers who enjoy romance mixed with fantasy will find a bold power couple to root for as Jasminda and Jack overcome both personal and political obstacles. Fresh, suspenseful, and perceptive, Penelope's first in a new series will appeal to historical-fantasy readers, especially fans of N. K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms." - Booklist on Song of Blood & Stone"Shines a bright light into epic fantasy." - Library Journal Starred Review on Song of Blood & Stone"L. Penelope's page-turning apocalyptic epic Song of Blood & Stone does what fantasy does best: provide epic plots, epic world-building and epic myth. A rewarding, carefully crafted read." - The Root on Song of Blood & Stone"Set against a backdrop of myth and magic, Song of Blood and Stone is a sweeping tale of love, duty and destiny that feels as urgent as it does timeless." - Rebecca Roanhorse, author of TRAIL OF LIGHTNING"Song of Blood and Stone is an enchanting journey through a world more relevant than ever. Wars between Gods, romance, action-it's everything I love all at once." - K Arsenault Rivera, author of THE TIGER'S DAUGHTER"Song of Blood and Stone is a sweeping journey of magic, romance, sacrifice, and self-discovery. These heartwarming characters, their trials and adventures, and their love for each other will stay with you long after the book ends." - Amanda Bouchet, USA Today bestselling author of The Kingmaker Chronicles"Song of Blood and Stone is a thrilling and complex journey through a beautifully rendered world that is imaginative, magical, and eerily similar to our own. A terrific read!" - Daniel Jose Older, New York Times bestselling author"Penelope delivers an engrossing story with delightful characters in this fantastic opening to a promising series." --Publishers Weekly starred review "Great characters, beautiful writing, incredible world building." --Ann Aguirre, New York Times Bestselling Author