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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

BLOG TOUR: Song of Blood and Stone (Review)

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.
Song of Blood & Stone
Earthsinger Chronicles #1
L. Penelope
Pub Date: 5/1/18
St. Martin's Press
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5/5
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Song of Blood & Stone is the fantasy I've been searching for! L. Penelope reduced me to a babbling mess with her story full of rich, beautiful characters and thrilling world. Jasminda and Jack's story is powerful and will strike the hearts of epic fantasy and romance fans!

Even though Jasminda is a citizen of Elsira people only see her Lagamiri heritage. Her dark skin and Earthsong power, weak though it may be, sets her apart from society and in a dangerous position as threats of another breech spreads across the country. Jack is on a mission to strengthen the Mantle that separates Elsira and Lagamiri in order to keep the True Father from descending on the people of Elsira. Jasminda and Jack find each other on a mountain pass with a terrible storm brewing overhead, and from there the story unfolds with layers of fantastic world building and a plot full of intrigue.

Song of Blood & Stone offers readers an engaging read with compelling characters. I devoured this story as Jasminda quests to awaken a Queen and protect those without power. Even though her Earthsong is weak, she's willing to risk it all to save her country and that makes it so easy to root for her. Jack is stuck between following his heart and duty to his people. I admired his character for the choices he made as he went against what was expected of him. It showed that he was confident in his path and a true hero. Jasminda's story is so relatable and relevant that readers will have no trouble imagining this story in their mind's eye. Jack and Jasminda face an impossible attraction to each other, but their love is a conquering force that drives this story and will move readers to eat it up in one sitting!

The hype surrounding Song of Blood & Stone is very well founded. It's a perfect harmonization of romance, action, and fantastic world-building that you won't be able to walk away from once you start! I'm completely hooked on L. Penelope and excitedly looking forward to the rest of the Earthsinger Chronicles!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*




About the author:
Leslye 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: an eighty-pound lap dog and an aspiring feral cat.

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