ARC Review – Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope

Title – Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles #1)

Author – L. Penelope

Genre – Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

My Rating – 3/5

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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.

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I received an e-ARC of Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope from NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

The book follows Jasminda and Jack who are caught in the midst of a centuries old battle between the kingdoms of Elsira and Lagamiri.

While Song of Blood and Stone was pretty well written and had a nice setting for all lovers of fantasy books, nothing really stood out for me about this book. There was no proper introduction to the world the book is set in and I just had to keep figuring it out along the way which was fairly tiresome.

Towards the end when all the world building and setting did fall into place, I actually did enjoy reading about Jasminda but really everything else about the book was just about okay.

Nevertheless, the book is an impressive start and could grow into an excellent series if handled well. I was actually quite interested in all the flashbacks of the memories of the Queen Who Sleeps.

Overall, Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope gets 3 out of 5 Stars from me.

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And that’s all for today! Hope you have a great day! Until next time –

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