**Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley**
Publication: May 1st, 2018
Series: Earthsinger Chronicles, #1
Read: April 2018
Rating: 4 Caffeinated Stars
“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. ” – From the Goodreads description
When I received an email from NetGalley with the description of Song of Blood & Stone I knew I had to read it. Honestly, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but it sounded fascinating. Obviously, since I got this book from NetGalley, I received it for free in exchange for an honest review.
This is the first book I have read by L. Penelope. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but from the very first page, I was hooked. The author created characters that were likable and it was fun getting to go on their adventure with them. What I do love about this book is how it portrayed the country. It frustrated me in the best kind of way. I loved that the main character was a woman of color & I loved that this book mirrored the racism that is found in today’s world.
The plot kept my attention & it was unique. This wasn’t like most of the fantasy romance books. My one complaint is that it was fairly predictable. For the most part, I was able to predict the twists and turns. You can also tell that this book was one of her first books published (originally self-published in 2015).
With that said, I really enjoyed this book. It had wonderful adventures, a dashing male lead, and a fearless heroine. All in all, it was fun and I will have to look into more of the author’s books.