I want to thank St. Martin’s for providing me an ARC via Netgalley and for including me on the blog tour! This hadn’t influenced my rating or my review of this book in any way.
Song of Blood and Stone kind of surprised me in many ways. I got into this book expecting to read a very action-packed fantasy book and while it has lots of fantasy aspects, it is way more focused on the romance between Jasminda and Jack than I expected it to be. That wasn’t necessarily bad, it just felt at times like the other plot-lines were a bit overshadowed by the love story.
I really liked the world-building, I thought it was very original and I especially adored how we found out the villain’s origin story. I kept looking forward to the flashbacks because I really loved those characters and I wouldn’t mind if we ever got a book on the Queen because she seems very interesting. *your heart will break for her though*
The magic system was explained so well and wow, I adored how things are a bit uncertain at first and then we gradually get glimpses of how the world got to be the way it is – to explain it a bit, the people that have magic are in Lagamiri and the people without it are living in Elsira, those two locations being separated by a Mantle, which is starting to fall, an event that is causing lots of conflicts because those two sides don’t get along very well. It was very well done.
As I mentioned before, the romance was the focus of the book and I’m not really sure how I felt about it, to be honest. There were some very cheesy parts, but I still rooted for the characters to end up together. I also loved their meet-cute because I’m a sucker for the trope where one of them is hurt and the other one has to heal them/take care of them. It’s one of my worst weaknesses.
Sorry not sorry.
I feel like it’s worth mentioning that this book includes two sex scenes, they are somewhat graphic, I do feel like this book might be bordering on the New Adult genre (not only because of that, but also because the characters seem more mature than the ones you usually meet in Young Adult literature).
Also, the cover is so gorgeous and just look at the model. She’s looking so fierce and I adore everything about this cover! It’s a great depiction of Jasminda, speaking of Jasminda – what a great, super strong heroine!!! I loved how she was independent and through the book she maintained her beliefs, there was this time where she could have been very comfortable, choose easy ways out, but she didn’t because that meant she would rely too much on Jack and his position. And I adored it because yes, my girl can get things done!
Plus, she has magic and while she’s somewhat the chosen one, her magic isn’t the strongest, she’s not the most perfect of them all, no, she still relies on her friends to help her, she has flaws, she’s three dimensional. I really liked it.
Jack was a good love interest and I appreciated his back-story very much, I loved to see him deal with being underestimated by everyone, he was quite competent, but due to special circumstances, his talents weren’t really recognized. It was interesting to see him deal with the frustration of this situation.
I feel like many instances of this book mirrored some of our issues, like racism. There was a lot of diversity, besides POC characters, there is a sapphic couple that I’d like to see more of in the next books. I really hope the next books get re-published as well because this series has a lot of potential in my opinion and I’d surely read the next ones. I’m quite intrigued with the way this one ended – quite happily, but with some nods to what might happen in the sequel.
Lovely book, would recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy books with a lot of romance in them.
Trigger warnings : rape attempt.
About the Author
Leslye Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is an award-winning author of new adult, fantasy, and paranormal romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents: an eighty-pound lap dog and an aspiring feral cat.
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