Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles #1) by L. Penelope

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Enter an alternate 1920's world of magic and adventure in this gripping, new adult, fantasy romance... 

Orphaned and alone, Jasminda is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her magical abilities are feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive – an injured spy who steals her heart. 

Jack’s mission behind enemy lines nearly cost him his life but he is saved by the healing power of a mysterious young woman. Together they embark on a perilous journey straight into the heart of a centuries-old conflict. 

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.

New Adult. Recommended for readers 17+.


Song of Blood and Stone was a really fun read. I don't read a lot of fantasy, but it is a genre I have been trying to get into more. I just have a hard time finding ones that sound interesting to me. This one was an excellent read. I loved the world building in that I didn't even notice it. It was just part of the story so you find out what you need to know as you go along. And the world that was revealed was a lot of fun to read.

So what of the storyline? Oh, it was so good. Jasminda is such a strong person. She is half Elsira half Lagrimari, but she looks like she is all Lagrimari. She has the darker skin and the earthsinging abilities and she just doesn't fit in in Elsira where she lives. The people there, the other Elsira, are horrible to her. They do not like that she is different. They do not like that she has powers. Really they are afraid of the powers. Even if she can use them to help someone they don't want it. They would rather call her names and just be ugly towards her than let her help. Yes, this was not our world but it felt very true to life. Her whole situation made me think of my hometown and growing up there. The people were just like these Elsira - they didn't like anything that was different and were quite mean to anyone who didn't look like them. I really didn't like it.

Since everyone in Elsira are pretty terrible to Jasminda she is happier living alone on her secluded farm. She is resigned to the fact that it will just be her and her goats forever as no one will ever accept her for who she is. She will never be close with anyone. At least until she runs across an injured soldier on her way back from town one day. A soldier who doesn't seem to care that she looks like a Lagrimari. A soldier who is being hunted by the Lagrimari army and will do anything he can to draw them away and keep her safe.

Oh Jack was wonderful. I loved him so much. He is so kind and caring of everyone, especially those most in need of help. He is the kind of person that everyone should strive to be. He just treated everyone like they were people, not like you were different because of the color of your skin or where you were born. He was amazing. He has a lot on his plate, but he really tries to do the right thing always. He tries to get others to see that kindness is the way to go. He was wonderful.

I loved Jasminda and Jack together. They were so sweet. Yes, they have a lot working against them, there is a very evil man who wants to start a war, so it is not an easy road for them. I loved the world that was created here. I really enjoyed seeing all the different people and how they interacted. As I said before yes, it is not our world, but it felt very true to our world. With Jack busy trying to stop a war, or at least prepare for it as best he can, things are difficult. With all the people standing in his way or not seeing the bigger picture he has a lot to deal with. Jasminda doesn't really know her place anymore if it is not alone on her farm and I loved watching the two of them try and figure everything out. They are both such wonderful people and this was such a fun read. I am excited to read the next book and learn a little bit more about this amazing world.

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2


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