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Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles, 1) Paperback – Special Edition, July 16, 2019
"Spellbreaker" by Charlie N. Holmberg
A world of enchanted injustice needs a disenchanting woman in an all-new fantasy series by the author of The Paper Magician. | Learn more
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“L. Penelope’s first installment in the Earthsinger Chronicles is a master class in fantasy world-building.” - TIME Magazine's 10 Best Fantasy Books of 2018
"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
About the Author
- Publisher : Griffin; Special, Expanded edition (July 16, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250306892
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250306890
- Reading age : 12 - 18 years
- Item Weight : 15.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.57 x 1.32 x 8.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #463,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Song of Blood and Stone is a romance fantasy that proved to be timely and embodies the saying, "fiction mirrors reality. " Penelope deals with topics of: homophobia, sexism, refuees(xenophobia), destiny, respectability politics, abuse of power, privilege and a distortion of "history."
The novel is about two bordering countries. Elsira home to fair skin, pale, folk without the gift of Earthsong, magic, and Lagrimar dark-skin folk with the ability to harness Earthsong. Earthsong can employed for a myriad of uses: healing, terraforming, telepathy, illusion, and empathic scanning. The Lagrimar are oppressed by a ruthless dictator who seeks to expand his empire and the two countries have been at war for about 500 years.
Jasminda, a Lagrimar with a weak Song, and Jake, an Elsira solider, have a chance meeting that will change both of their lives. The true HERO of this novel for me was Jasminda. Unlike heroines of popular fiction today. Nobody deemed her special or worthy of attention. She didn't possess an extraordinary gift that saves the day. No what she possessed was an iron will to conquer any obstacle. The heroine 's arc was extremely well done. Jake at the beginning of the book displayed valor and wisdom beyond his young years, but as the book progressed his flaws became more pounced. He still proved to be a worthy hero, but Penelope made sure that Jasminda maintained agency and Jake didn't become the "saviour." They truly needed each other.
The mythology of this world is opulent and chasmic. Penelope doesn't reveal it's secrets right away and the reader must pay close attention. The central conflict doesn't fully reveal itself until about third of novel, but obstacle are presented for both the hero and heroine early.
Penelope's writing style is concise and gripping with a lyrical quality I found poetic. Her writing captured me emotionally because she underscores what it feels like to be apart of a marginalized group perfectly, without brow beating the reader. I had no idea how the couple would get their HEA (happily ever after).
I will admit towards the end I wanted more action, fighting, leading up to the resolution, but the author wisely used those scenes to create new conflict and resolve one presented early in the novel. Plus, she divulged some juicy secrets in the process.
Favorite side characters: Osar and Clove
"His gift is winning hearts and minds of others, I say. Logic is not always required for that. "
"Most folks hate easy and love hard. Should be the other way around, I reckon."
5 stars. I'm buying the novella today.
The worldbuilding is wonderful–shown through the points of view of both main characters, as well as flashbacks that act as visions for Jasminda. One thing in particular I enjoyed was that there were bits of folktales at the beginning of nearly every chapter that pertained to the plot within said chapter, which served to build a real place in my mind. These little bits of culture and beliefs were a great addition for helping readers see the peoples of this book as real cultures. The magic system was especially fascinating in and of itself–one where some people have magic (Songbearers, or Earthsingers) and some people have no magic at all (the Silent). It was very interesting to see how that affected the dynamics of all the characters, as well as the people in general. Predictably, there was violence and racial hatred towards the black Songbearing Lagrimari, simply because of their abilities and the color of their skin, even as the Silent Elsirans lived a substantially better life. It was incredibly difficult to read these parts of the novel, and it was impossible not to see the similarities between this fictional world and the real world we live in.
Also, I enjoyed both the main characters, and much of the supporting cast. From the first page, I fell in love with Jasminda. She is a strong, brave woman trying to save the only thing she has left in the world and determined not to let anything stop her. Throughout the novel, she continues to be a force to be reckoned with, both in her strength and her vulnerability. And Jack, soldier and prince, won me over with his strong sense of honor and duty. The two of them worked so well together–balancing each other out with their sense of logic and hope.
There were a few moments where I felt the plot dragged a bit, but I recognize that it’s the first book in a series, so there was a lot to fit into this one novel. Despite the slow moments, there was never a time where I was truly bored with the novel. It’s a great, interesting story that I definitely recommend everyone read.
I love this book so much, and I'm desperate for the next book. Though, I've read the first version of it already, I know that it will come with big changes. If you want a rich world with some diverse characters, look no further. The Earthsinger Chronicles should have a place on your shelf.
This story is a bit slow at first, and I probably would have preferred for the whole thing to be seperated into multiple books. It can be a bit cliche and predictable. You kind of know where the story is leading by about the 10th chapter.
But it was still a joy to read nonetheless.
Top reviews from other countries
One word comes to my mind to describe this book: measure.
It has the perfect amount of of storylines: The story of Jasminda and Jack, Ella's fight to do right by her sister and memories from ancient royals / gods. It is entertaining without being confusing and the main story, Jasminda's story, overpowers the other storylines so we don't stray too much away from the plot.
It has the perfect amount of situations about discrimination to be thoughtprovoking without changing the fiction into a manifest.
It has the perfect amount of romance. It is instalove, it is on the fairy tale side.
It has the perfect amount of twists: many twists, but still in the logic of the plot. Perfect !
It has the perfect amount of suspense in the end to make us want to know more.