An intense island tale!
I love, love, love the imagery and beauty within every novel or novella I have read from Goldfinch. It awakens the imagination and immerses you into the story. This quality makes Goldfinch's books stand out in a great way. But scenery aside, the rest of the novel was good too.
Kita, whose head we are in for the duration of Songstone, embarks on both an internal and an external journey. Overall I felt it was well written, given the circumstances Kita had to overcome. She's the kind of character you root for and hurt alongside with. That being said, I loathed Matiko. If you want me to despise a villain, then make him a voo-doo, black magic, healer/priest.
Let's talk about Matiko. Yes, as I stated above he dabbles frequently in black magic using Kita's blood most of the time. He uses a spell to restrain her while he steals her blood. Not very much, but a few drops at a time. This disturbed me more than I thought it would. Due to the high amounts of this black magic, I wish we could have seen more of a light to contrast the darkness. Unlike her previous books, God wasn't as present in this one as the others, which disappointed me a bit. I definitely caution readers for this one because, understandably, this topic isn't for everyone.
I'll wrap up this review talking about Pono and then my general summary. He was really endearing, albeit incredibly frustrating/confusing at times. I loved how he honored his word. Integrity is so very admirable in any character. Songstone is described as dark tale mixed with romance and adventure, and that description is very accurate. However the amount of black magic we see and the lack of a clear light against the dark bothered me. I recommend to teens fifteen and older who are looking for an adventure.
I received an ebook copy of this book from Amber Stokes in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!!
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.
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.
About the Author:LENA GOLDFINCH writes fantasy and romance for teens and adults. She's a sucker for a good old-fashioned romance, whether it's a novel, novella, or short story, young adult or adult, fantasy or realistic, contemporary or historical. Elements of romance, fantasy, and mystery have a way of creeping into her writing, even when she's writing something light and contemporary. Her latest release is TAKE A PICTURE, a lighthearted contemporary romance for teens and new adults, which includes a bonus short story, CHAIN REACTION, a prequel to HAUNTING JOY. You can learn more about Lena and her books on her website.
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