Whispers of Shadow & Flame by L. Penelope
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*Published October 1, 2019*
I received this ARC from NetGalley. This in no way affects my thoughts on the book or the following review.
This was so good! And it’s the second in a series, which I did not expect to be able to understand, but it’s enough of a stand alone that it can be read without any previous knowledge.
The Mantle that separates the kingdoms of Elsira and Lagrimar is about to fall. And life will drastically change for both kingdoms.
Born with a deadly magic she cannot control, Kyara is forced to become an assassin. Known as the Poison Flame in the kingdom of Lagrimar, she is notorious and lethal, but secretly seeks freedom from both her untamed power and the blood spell that commands her. She is tasked with capturing the legendary rebel called the Shadowfox, but everything changes when she learns her target’s true identity.
Darvyn ol-Tahlyro may be the most powerful Earthsinger in generations, but guilt over those he couldn’t save tortures him daily. He isn’t sure he can trust the mysterious young woman who claims to need his help, but when he discovers Kyara can unlock the secrets of his past, he can’t stay away.
Kyara and Darvyn grapple with betrayal, old promises, and older prophecies—all while trying to stop a war. And when a new threat emerges, they must beat the odds to save both kingdoms.
An excellent introduction into a world where people have Songs that granted them the ability to manipulate the elements, Darvyn and Kyara are on opposite sides of a war, where Songs are prohibited and stolen from the people to augment the powers of a corrupted king. As Darvyn works to free his people and stand up against those who are oppressing the commoners, Kyara is the king’s top assassian, a woman whose Song is so very different from those around her. Instead of life, her Song creates death. And without full control, Kyara’s Song has catastrophic consequences.
As they come together and work to free each other from their chains, we see the world through the eyes of others and how the very minutiae of this world’s political aspects has devastating consequences for all those involved.
This book was so good, and it being the second in a series, I had no troubles or issues following along with the story, the world that was created, or the characters. I loved how well-rounded Darvyn and Kyara were, as well as being able to see the world through the eyes of others who are involved in some way, shape, or form. They don’t all interact with one another, but you do see a ripple effect come through when a character does one thing that affects another.
Because of this book, I do wish to read the first one now, as well get my hands on whenever the third one comes out.♦