One girl who, against all hope, yearns for freedom.
One boy determined to be more than he’s meant to be.
The desperate journey that will leave them both forever changed.
“…an original fantasy world inhabited by superstitious tribal nations and intriguingly developed characters.”– SERENA CHASE, USA Today HEA
Kita can meld song into stone. In a world with no written word, storytelling—the ability to meld (or magically impress) song into stone—is greatly honored. The village honors her master as their medicine man, but Kita knows he’s secretly a sorcerer who practices black magic using drops of her blood. She fears he’ll use her beautiful gift for a killing spell, so she conceals it from him. Each day, his magic tightens around her neck like a rope. His spells blind the villagers, so they can’t see him for what he really is.
Not that anyone would want to help her. She was found in the forest as a baby and would have died if a village girl hadn’t brought her home. But the villagers saw Kita’s unusual coloring and decided she belonged to the mysterious tribe who lives in the forests of the volcano, a people feared for their mystical powers. So they fear her too. Now seventeen, she can barely admit her deepest longing: to know who she really is and where she belongs.
Then Pono, a young journeyman, arrives from the other side of the island. He’s come to fulfill a pact between their villages: to escort a storyteller back to his village–a storyteller who’ll be chosen at the great assembly. Finally, in Pono, Kita sees her one slim chance at freedom and she’ll risk her life to take it.
A dark, twisty tale of sorcery, tummy-tingling romance, and adventure, inspired by the folklore of New Zealand’s Māori people.
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review.
Firstly I would like to thank Lena Goldfinch, author of Songstone, for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this book.
This story revolves around Kita and her quest of escaping from the clutches of an evil medicine man because in reality he is a dark sorcerer who uses Kita’s blood to make spells and perform ritual and enslaves her, he even controls the tribe with the help of his evil spells. Kita is special, she can meld song into stone, has green eyes and red hair and thus she is feared by the other tribal people. She was brought by a tribal girl from the forest when she was a baby thus she is an outcast in the tribe. Then we meet Pono who came from across the island to escort a storyteller to his village. Finally in Pono Kita finds her salvation and freedom. Will Kita succeed in escaping? Will she discover her true identity? Will she be able to rid the tribe of the evil sorcerer and bring him down? Will the relationship between her and Pono get established?
A lot of unanswered questions right? I would love to suggest that you guys definitely read the book to gather the answers and you won’t regret it. A great and intriguing read which I really liked and enjoyed. Kita is a perfect main character and she always remains hopeful and tries hard to get her goal even if there are many challenges to face. I liked the fact that the author made her strong rather than weak and whimpering. Pono is great and supports Kita character very well. The struggle that Kita does really reached my heart and I felt sorry for her. The secrets were well kept and the slow and steady revelations made the story gripping. The suspense was eerie and there are quite a few twists that I didn’t expect. The writing style of the author is remarkable and she presented the whole story in such a way that it became real and believable and the readers got connected with the characters and the plot as well. The characters are developed and fit well within the well thought out plot. All in all a great and must read for ya all. Enjoy, folks!
*This review was written by Satty*