ARC Review: Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope // Just when you think instalove has died… BOOM it slaps you in the face

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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. 

Author: L. Penelope

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: May 1st 2018

Earthsinger Chronicles #1

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TW- Attempted rape, racism, ableist language

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My Review 3

This book was a mix of so many things. Romance heavy. Royalty. Magic. Oppression. Racism. Dark themes. And no direction.

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Keeping it short: Jasminda, an outcast Earthsinger, finds an injured Jack, an injured spy and they go on a journey to heal their warring Country and discover the mysterious secrets surrounding the Queen Who Sleeps.

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So, I mention above that this book was trying to do a lot. Let’s start with the romance. Poetics are waxed and all of the good stuff. Now, if that’s what I came here for, then cool. A nice, Historical Fantasy romance story we’re going to skip past the instalove that is so very present. Then we add the attempted rape. Twice. Which then ties into the racism Jasminda deals with. You can’t add the cute romance and attempt to deal with the topics I just mentioned. Because as the book went on, the racism felt like more of a plot device against Jack and Jasminda’s romance. And I appreciate the inclusion and attempt at handling it… but it clashed with everything else added.

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However, I did like how this book revolves around a biracial protagonist and the portrayal of an interracial relationship.

But… the sex scenes. I have no problem with them… but they weren’t the best? it was stilted and a lot of invasions of the body. This isn’t a check up, his [REDACTED] went in her [REDACTED]. Simple.

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The mythological excerpts on the top of the page was probably my favorite parts of the book. It would be interesting to have a separate book about those excerpts. There’s also a side f/f couple that don’t get too much page time and I didn’t really realize were there until around the end, but even then I saw more people mentioning them; but I liked them as characters and again, would like more on them.

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Overall, despite my gripes, I didn’t hate this book. I was just expecting more. I do want to read the next book (an assassin!!!), so let’s hope my library has it.

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