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

Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles, #1)

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 ...

Details Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles, #1)

TitleSong of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles, #1)
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreFantasy, Romance, Young Adult, New Adult

Reviews Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles, #1)

  • Lola
    What a premise! Not only did this book show beautifulness exteriorly, but it also demonstrated a similar enough quality for its content.The beginning was gorgeous. It really was. The first chapter (the chapters were quite long though) held a great introduction of the world-building, Earthsong magic and especially our dear, strong and courageous heroine, Jasminda. I love her name; so original and catchy. It was a pleasure to read about her charact...
  • Melanie
    ARC provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.Song of Blood & Stone is the historical fantasy I’ve been looking for. This story is set in an alternate 1920 and has a really unexpected wild west feel to it, but I loved it. The romance was so good, the topics were so important, and the characters completely stole my heart. This book has a lot to love within its pages, and I completely recommend this story to you all. “Mo...
  • Rae
    ARC from St. Martin's Press via Netgalley for a fair review. Let me begin this review with a few trigger warnings. Near the beginning of the story there is a lot of racism, some abuse, and attempted rape. I will also say that this is very much NA and not YA as there are some pretty detailed sexual scenes. If these are not for you, I would suggest passing this book up.That being said I feel like this book focused strongly on the idea of finding pe...
  • Sophie
    The publisher gave me an ARC of this story via but it has no influence on my honest review  4 “I needed some time to fall into it” stars  Star summary: Hero: ***/2 stars (he made pretty dumb decisions sometimes) Heroine: ***** stars (had nearly no power but dignity and morale strength in spades)Plot: ***/2 (not overtly complicated but sometimes jumbled)Heat: *** (this is NOT a YA as you have sex but it’s not overtly spicy ei...
  • Alexa
    3.5, close to a four thanks to the epilogue, but not quite there.I had a hard time rating this one. So I decided to give you the pros & cons and let you decide for yourself. PROS - DID YOU SEE THAT COVER?! It's gorgeous. It's perfect. It's going up in my "BEST COVER EVAH!" list. - The main character is a dark skinned girl (and the cover reflects that!) Not only that, but there's an interracial couple, and even a same sex couple later on. Hurra...
  • Aditi
    "We don't create a fantasy world to escape reality. We create it to be able to stay." ----Lynda Jean Barry, an American cartoonist and authorLeslye Penelope, an American author, pens her debut YA fantasy book, Song of Blood & Stone that happens to be the first book in the Earthsinger Chronicles series. This book is set in an enchanting parallel universe where a young black woman tries to save her kingdom with her magical powers despite of all th...
  • Scrill
    ARC from St. Martin's Press via Netgalley for a fair review.The StoryThis book has so many good things about it, the problem I found is that I think having it all in one book ended up taking away from the importance of each issue. Racial, refugee/immigration, power struggle, star crossed love, magical, social status, LGBTQ, and even good vs. evil all became too many good ingredients in the pot. Truly, there was so much good stuff in here, but I t...
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexActual Rating 4.5Jasminda and Jack go on a journey full of magic and romance I enjoyed. In this fantasy the layers of Jasminda and Jack are slowly peeled back as they face danger and fall in love. Jasminda is a wonderful protagonist who wants to find a place to belong in Elsira although her Lagarimi heritage gives her healing powers and a distinctive appearance. She goes on a adventure with Jack to help E...
  • Monica
    This fantasy tells of a land split between two “tribes”, separated by their appearance and abilities. The similarities between this story and our current stand on race and immigration cannot be missed. The plot was not easy to follow and the visions made parts of the story more confusing. The romance between our main characters was always at the forefront. You may find this as an added selling point; I prefer action to romance so to me, it wa...
  • Juli
    Jasminda has lost her entire family. She now lives alone in Elsira, where her powers as an Earthsinger are met with fear and disdain. She keeps to herself, avoiding the nearby village as much as possible. The people there dislike her because of her magic, and also because of who here parents were. Her mother was Elsiran and her father was from Lagamiri. The two lands are separated by a magical mantle, which has only been breached a few times in h...
  • Alaina Meserole
    Look at me! Knocking off another one of my RTC reviews xD!This ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchanged for an honest review!Song of Blood & Stone was an emotional roller coaster. It was so freaking good though! I shipped the heck out of Jasminda and Jake. Jasminda is basically an outcast while Jake is a rebel soldier. They are basically made for each other and two peas in a freaking pod. Again, I shipped the heck out of these two!I could proba...
  • Justine
    3.5 starsI ended up really enjoying this while I read it. The book is written in alternating POVs, with very short chapters that give a nice episodic feel to the story. I liked the unique setting - they seem to have earlyish 20th century technology but combined with more familiar fantasy elements like magic. I also liked the characters; the main female character is biracial and engaged in an interracial relationship, and race is an absolutely cen...
  • Kristy K
    I enjoyed this one, but I couldn't help but feel something was missing. Some spark or chemistry or something to push it from good to great. Song of Blood & Stone is a fantasy lite read that centers around Jasminda, a bi-racial Earthsinger, and Jack, a military man that is more than what meets the eye. I did like the two of them together and felt their connection. Their romance feels like a slow burn (even though it really happens pretty quickly) ...
  • Mandie
    Song of Blood and Stone was an amazing epic fantasy, with a twist of romance. Full of action and adventure. The characters were wonderful, and easy to fall in love with!I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own
  • Esther
    Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Now, don't get me wrong, I'm trying to write this review in a respectful manner. I know that probably a lot of people don't agree with me, because I've seen a lot of very positive reviews, but I'm not that positive at all. I really liked the start of the story, but while I was reading, it felt like more of the same. A girl with her own struggles, meets ...
  • Acqua
    Song of Blood and Stone is a fantasy novel with a bad case of bookish identity crisis. It seemed to have no idea of where it was going, what it was doing or what it was trying to be.This book read as a cute, tropey fantasy romance with cheesy surprise royals, but at the same time it had mythological components and a 1920s-inspired setting, and also tried to be gritty because I guess nothing is serious if it isn't graphic. These are good ideas, if...
  • Sarah Marie
    Song of Blood & Stone by L. PenelopeFirst in the Earthsinger Chronicles 3.25 starsJasminda lives close the border of Elsira and Lagrimar. She looks Lagrimarian and has the talents of their people. She is an Earthsinger—able to heal, read emotions, and control things, but her powers are weak and she limited in what she can control. She has lived life in Elsira facing persecution and now her family’s farm faces being taken away from her. When s...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum this book is now published by St. Martin’s Press, my first encounter with Song of Blood & Stone was in 2016 when an earlier version of it was entered into the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, the writing competition created by author Mark Lawrence. Ever since the SPFBO’s launch, several of its alum have already been picked up by traditional publishing, and it...
  • Sunny
    If you are a fan of epic fantasies like The Bird and the Sword series by Amy Harmon or the Chronicles of the Warlands by Elizabeth Vaughan, you will love Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope, book one in the Earthsinger Chronicles. This story features an unconventional heroine, who is treated almost like a stranger in her own land. Jasminda is alone to survive on the family farm after the death of her mother and the disappearance of the father an...
  • Monica **can't read fast enough**
    I gave Song of Blood & Stone a try on a whim and I am so glad that I did! Although the story is fantasy it often felt like a romance with fantasy elements. Jasminda and Jack come from completely different backgrounds, yet quickly find themselves deeply connected in a surprising way which plays into the New Adult romance feel. If you are a romance reader who hasn't read much fantasy, or just new to the genre and would like to give fantasy a try, S...
  • Ashlee » Library In The Country
    4.25 stars! View review on my blog, Library in the CountryI received this copy from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review."The blue of the day's sky and the black of the night's are different, but one is not better than the other. We need both."I was pleasantly surprised by this one, I found the story to be so satisfying. It ended up being exactly what I needed to read! If you're looking for a fantasy novel that pushes the boun...
  • Obsidian
    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not impact my rating or review.Ehh I was just bored while reading this. There is a reason why I went screaming off to read books by Rosamunde Pilcher. I kept hoping that the story would improve, but it did not. I read elsewhere this was originally a self-published book (back in 2015) that was re-published again this year. I don't know why that was, maybe the publishers were hoping to h...
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    **ARC provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.** True rating: 3.5Song of Blood & Stone is a previously self-published historical fantasy that is now being traditionally published and is the start of a series. In this fantasy world, there is a veil between two worlds, one without and one with magic. On one side is a tyrannical ruler who strips magic users of their magic, keeping it for his own. On the other, the Queen Who S...
  • Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)
    I've been looking forward to sitting down to write this review, because this was one of the better fantasy titles I have read this year.In this novel you get the current (present) POVs of both Jasminda and Jack. Jasminda is such a strong female lead--she's independent, strong, fierce, loyal, intelligent, and has no problem with sacrificing or own wants for the greater good. And Jack... without revealing too much about him.. he stands out from the...
  • marysscript
    "Most folks hate easy and love hard. Should be the other way around, I think."This book has big potential! I think many people will like this novel. The synopsis already made me curious, because it sounds so promising! The beginning of the book, especially the prologue was gorgeous! The idea of Earthsinger and the two powerful rulers The Queen Who Sleeps and the True Father being at war immediately catched my attention. Jasminda and Jack try to s...
  • Julie Daniels
    I'm somewhere between 4-5 stars but this is definitely a favorite for me now and Jasminda is among my top 3 heroines with Shazi(The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh) and Vasya(The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden). It would have been a full 5 for sure if the author had balanced the romance more with more world-building and action but I do understand that she had a much more important topic, several actually, to tackle with some of t...
  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
    Song of Blood & Stone is a very good fantasy. The world-building made things a little bit slow at times, but the overall story, as well as the main plot were well done.