Today is about magic and fantasy and this series is high on my list of fab reads. I just finished Book 3, CRY OF METAL & BONE.
Books 1 and 2, SONG OF BLOOD & STONE and WHISPERS OF SHADOW & FLAME, happen simultaneously on the timeline and CRY OF METAL & BONE happens a few weeks later. I definitely recommend all of these books, but I’d also recommend reading them in order.
So why should you read these? So many reasons. It’s really interesting world-building, great action, swoon-worthy romance and a thought-provoking look at some of the most important issues of the day: race, immigration, The Other. Yet Penelope does it in such an authentic, integrated way to the storyline that we are still engaged and entertained even as we’re confronted by racism, sexism, horrifying abuse of power, and other outrages that our heroes have to overcome in order to step into their own power and purpose.
A world divided into magic and non-magic; dark-skinned and light-skinned; lush and arid; and many other divisions that become more problematic when both sides are tasked with coming together and yet resistance to that goal rises from many different corners.
I’ve really enjoyed all of these books, and am eagerly waiting for Book 4 – which will release next spring (sad sigh).
SONG OF BLOOD & STONE
L. Penelope’s Song of Blood & Stone is a treacherous, thrilling, epic fantasy about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers.
The kingdoms of Elsira and Lagrimar have been separated for centuries by the Mantle, a magical veil that has enforced a tremulous peace between the two lands. But now, the Mantle is cracking and the True Father, ruler of Lagrimar and the most powerful Earthsinger in the world, finally sees a way into Elsira to seize power.
All Jasminda ever wanted was to live quietly on her farm, away from the prying eyes of those in the nearby town. Branded an outcast by the color of her skin and her gift of Earthsong, she’s been shunned all her life and has learned to steer clear from the townsfolk…until a group of Lagrimari soldiers wander into her valley with an Elsiran spy, believing they are still in Lagrimar.
Through Jack, the spy, Jasminda learns that the Mantle is weakening, allowing people to slip through without notice. And even more troubling: Lagrimar is mobilizing, and if no one finds a way to restore the Mantle, it might be too late for Elsira. Their only hope lies in uncovering the secrets of the Queen Who Sleeps and Jasminda’s Earthsong is the key to unravel them.
Thrust into a hostile society and a world she doesn’t know, Jasminda and Jack race to unveil an ancient mystery that might offer salvation.
I loved these books and look forward to seeing what these friends and allies get up to next, saving a handful of countries and millions of people.
(This review is part of Read-A-Romance Month. Hope you’ll come back every day to check out my book recommendations. You can find the calendar here. Also check out The Romance of Reading, a Facebook “book club” where we’ll have great authors guest hosting every week.)
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