Whispers of Shadow & Flame by L. Penelope

Whispers of Shadow & Flame (Earthsinger Chronicles #2)
Author: L. Penelope
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: October 1st 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Romance

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.

Whispers of Shadow and Flame is another one of those books that you don’t hear a lot about but wonder why because it’s so good when you read it!

The writing in fantastic. There are moments that I would get confused but I’m starting to think it’s just me because it always ironed itself out. I really enjoyed the world building and characters. Also getting the different perspectives not just from who I considered the main characters.

I loved Kyara, even though she is the King’s assassin. It’s not by choice and she has managed to keep herself despite that. I know she doesn’t think so but she is so strong and kind and deserves more than she thinks she does.

Darvyn takes the weight of the world on his shoulders. Being the only person that can do what he can do, he feels like he needs to do everything. I think Kyara says it best when she mentions that nobody can be in two places at once. He takes on the guilt of every life lost even so. He is also so kind hearted.

I also really liked having Zeli, Unali and Tana’s side of the story as well. They were all characters that I really enjoyed.

The world of Whispers of Shadow and Flame really sucks you in. From it’s interesting magic system, to the history of the different houses (that reminded me of a zodiac) and the opressive monarchy that the people are fighting against. Such a great read.

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 fantasy and paranormal romance.

She was born in the Bronx, just after the birth of hip hop, but left before she could acquire an accent. Equally left and right-brained, she studied Film at Howard University and minored in Computer Science. This led to a graduate degree in Multimedia and a career in website development. She's also an award-winning independent filmmaker, co-founded a literary magazine, and sometimes dreams in HTML.

Leslye lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents. Sign up for new release information and giveaways on her website: http://www.lpenelope.com.

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