Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: May 1st 2018
Series: Earthsinger Chronciles #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, New Adult
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.
It was following some hard acts
Two of the three books I read before SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE were 5 star reads. Not the easiest of novels to follow. My standards were high for this fantasy which was a bit unfair. It struggled to be even half as good.
The writing was mediocre
Those five star reads I mentioned? They had amazing writing. SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE did not. It read pretty amateurish, lots of stilted descriptions and telling. Honestly I’m struggling to review it because it really wasn’t all that memorable.
Everything developed rather quickly
From plot to romance, everything developed at a break neck pace. Unfortuantely it wasn’t fast paced in the good way. Things developed too quickly. It felt like we’d reached the climactic action point of the novel within the first third. I would have much rathered the story to be split over 2-3 novels with more time developing the plot and character relationships.
I really enjoyed the world
To try and bring up a positive, I actually did like the world SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE was set in. It had a real western vibe, which is always fun. And the magic was big and elemental, my favourite kind.
Overall I feel meh
SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE wasn’t bad but… meh. I struggled to connect to the story and characters, which never makes for a good time. There were elements that were interesting, but nothing that I absolutely loved. And the more I think about it, the less enthused I am about SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE tbh.
SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE wasn’t a bad read, but it wasn’t too great either. While I enjoyed the world and magic system, everything felt quite rushed which affected my connection to the characters.