5 Things About Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope

May 21, 2018 Review 8 ★★½

5 Things About Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope
Song of Blood and Stone by L Penelope
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Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 384
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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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.

Rating Report
Overall: 2.4

8 Responses to “5 Things About Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope”

    • Bec

      They really are the worst :/ It’s so hard to come up with stuff to write about them for reviews too

  1. Sarah J.

    That’s exactly how I felt! It all felt so underwhelming. I also can’t stay hidden prince tropes and at around page 100 I made the prediction that was where the story would go. I was disappointed that it relied on something so convenient to further the plot.
    Sarah J. recently posted…The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

    • Bec

      Tropes and predictability can be fun sometimes but in this there was just too many mediocre things that kept dragging it down.

  2. Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    I’m sorry to see this one didn’t work out better for you. I have a copy sitting on my shelf that I just wasn’t able to get to and perhaps I’ll hold off a little longer as well. Thanks for sharing.

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