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Whispers of Shadow & Flame

(Earthsinger Chronicles #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  263 ratings  ·  109 reviews
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 t
Paperback, 496 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 30th 2015)
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L. Penelope
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yes, I wrote it, but I still really liked it :)
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good epic fantasy is a journey filled with turmoil, tests of fortitude and resilience and conflict at every turn. Great epic fantasy is all that and more! It draws the reader into each page, into the minds of the characters and why they do what they do, how they feel about it and what their actions may cost them. We are invited to see the characters, physically, relate to them and forget they are not real…

WHISPERS OF SHADOW AND FLAME by L. Penelope is a great fantasy! Kyara and Darvyn are like t
Jun 18, 2019 is currently reading it
Goodreads giveaway win!
Angela Cuéllar
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
pooled ink Reviews:

If you enjoyed Song of Blood & Stone then you'll probably love this as well!
Whispers of Shadow & Flame is a strong continuation of the Earthsinger Chronicles and pushes the series further as a standout YA Fantasy that should be on everyone’s list! High stakes, unexpected entanglements, blood owed and owned, it all rushes together into a very exciting sequel.

Read my full review here:
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit bummed that Whispers of Shadow & Flame wouldn't be continuing Jasminda and Jack's story, but I ended up falling in love with two new characters: Kyara and Darvyn. Kyara has a very rare type of magic. Instead of being an Earthsinger who can heal and do good, she's a Nethersinger and only brings death. Because of her unusual gift, the True Father uses her as an assassin. She's also bloodbound, so she must obey. Her next mission is to bring in the mysterious Shadowfox, but not kill him. ...more
Kenesha Williams
This is Book number 2 in a series, but you do not have to have read the first book, Song of Blood & Stone, in the series to read Book 2 because they have different characters and a parallel timeline. Although, you should totally read Book 1 because it's awesome.

First can we talk about the cover? I love covers that are "Unapologetically black" there is no hiding the character's race through shadow or outline, we see that this is a "black book" and I love it. L. Penelope has a knack for putting th
Kelsie Maxwell
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
I’m new to the writings of L. Penelope, but I found this novel to be a great introduction. Whispers of Shadow & Flame: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book Two is the continuation of her fantasy series.

The Mantle, the magical barrier which separates the countries of Lagrimar and Elsira, is failing. All previous breaches of the Mantle led to war between the countries. This breach could be the one that brings the barrier down completely.

Kyara of Lagrimar and Darvyn of Elsira are the best their respectiv
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Kyara has the “gift” of Nethersong. It is the opposite of Earthsong - it is death. She’s known as the Poison Flame. She is able to see the “death” in people and force it to accelerate, causing them to die. Forced to kill on behalf of the Truth Father, Kyara longs for her own death to put an end to her curse.

Darvyn is the most powerful Earthsinger in the land. Known as Shadowfox, he is the “savior” of the Lagimar people, but he and his fellow Keepers must stay hidden in the shadows or risk captur
B+ review:

Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Ashlee » Library In The Country
I absolutely love L. Penelope’s work and this book really adds to her Earthsinger Chronicles and the incredibly detailed fantasy world she’s created. Fantasy or not, this is a world with realistic emotions, motivations and (steamy) romance.

I’ve been really looking forward to getting to know Darvyn, after his first mention in Song of Blood & Stone, and this book did not disappoint! In addition to his character, we meet new ones Kyara, Zeli, Ulani and Tana. I loved everyone - they’re all incredib
Clare O'Beara
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I liked this dark fantasy set in another world, but I was at a disadvantage I think by not having read the first book. If you have read and loved the first Earthsinger book you will perhaps give this one more stars.

The trade-size paperback was sent to me for an unbiased review. I'm impressed by the presentation as it is from a smaller press but it has a great cover, a map, professional layout and I didn't find any proofreading errors. There are a few American spellings but not many modern Ameri
Kristy K
Jun 09, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arc
DNF 25%

I enjoyed the first book in this stand-alone fantasy series, but I struggled with this one. We have new characters and it felt like starting a new series. Unfortunately, it was too slow for me and I’m bailing for now.

I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Jan farnworth
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in this epic fantasy series, their is a novella between book one and two that in this case sheds even more light on the events that unfold as you read the books. This second book focuses on two new characters one we met in the first book Darvyn and the second is Kyara. Both have very different uses of Earthsong. They are two sides of a coin Kyara deadly magic is a poison to anyone she encounters when she wrapped up in the use of it. Hence her name the Poison Flame and she ...more
Monica **can't read fast enough**

Whispers Of Shadow & Flame features Darvyn and Kyara who are both strong characters dealing with insecurities, fears, and huge responsibilities that neither feel confident in fulfilling. In this second book of the series the collapsing of the Mantle that separates Elsira and Lagrimar is imminent and war is on the horizon. This is fantasy with nice world building and would be a good book to transition from reading YA fantasy to adult fantasy. The main characters are fairly young but are not an
Cardyn Brooks
There is a fatalistic undertone to this second entry in the compelling Earthsinger Chronicles that makes Kyara's saga more grueling and somewhat depressing, especially in the first one hundred pages, than the overall triumphant vibe in Song of Blood & Stone. The cliffhanger ending is a downer, but this author's considerable storytelling prowess merits readers' anticipation for a satisfying continuation in book three.
Ola Adamska
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2019
I wanted to love this book so much, maybe too much... But after book one that I really liked and found intriguing, this one had dragged the whole time and I couldn't get into the characters at All. I felt like separate things would work for me, but altogether it was not working for me in this book.
I hope that the next book will be able to hold everything that is going on better, as the premise, ideas and characters are something that makes this story really intriguing in that genre. I will read
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the free book*

This second installment in a trilogy does not continue the stories of our protagonists from book 1. I was a bit annoyed by that at first but I can see why. Anyhow, this book takes place two weeks before the end of the first book and it doesn't really affect this ending at all. We, the readers, already know what is happening and I wasn't too attached to the characters which is why I didn't care too much.

Jennifer (bunnyreads)
Another fabulous book from L. Penelope. I am quickly becoming a huge fan. The second book in the Earthsinger Chronicles, this runs along side the events in the first book but following Darvyn and Kyara. I admit I missed Jack and Jasminda quite a bit, but I grew to love these two just as much.

Fantastic world building! This book explored more of the world and different magic, that we didn’t see in the first book. You could probably read it as a stand alone, but I think it adds so much richness t
Casey Wheeler
This is the first book by the author that I have read and is the second in a series. What makes this book different from most other series (from what I have gathered from other reviewers) is that the characters are different from the first book. This makes this book a very good stand alone read. The author has an engaging style making for a fairly quick read as you don't want to put the book down. It is a variation of Terry Brooks "Shanarra" series in that it uses song as a power, but in differe ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To me this book is an amazing commentary on the capricious nature of rulers. Even the wise "queen who sleeps" has prejudices and shows little care for her messenger and flock. This begs the question, why must this necessary fight be in her name? Why can't fairness and justice be sufficient sources of inspiration?
Darvyn's new task will necessarily dovetail with his personal goals, but that kind of rankles to me. I wish the queen who sleeps and her family would just shuffle off permanently, but I
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
APB Perspective Review: 4.75
I am really enjoying this series , Darvyns and Kyara's is really good even though I have to wait for the next book to see how their story concludes. Two people who are meant to be enemies connect and discover they aren't really enemies at all. In a war between the Elsiran's and the Lagrimari things are not always what the seem and figuring out what is really going on is a journey that I truly enjoyed. So now I wait for the next book in the series to see if I finally g
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, won
I won an uncorrected proof/ARC of this book through a Goodreads giveaway, so the things that I have noted in this review may or may not be in the finished novel.

This book will be released on October 1st 2019

One thing I did want to say before I get into my (hopefully) non-spoilery thoughts is that I have NOT read the first book, so I have no idea how much it influenced this one, if at all.
I was not aware that this was a sequel when I entered the giveaway, but I didn't feel lost while reading, so
Daniel Cuthbert
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
In “Whispers Of Shadow and Flame,” book two of the Earthsinger Chronicles, Kyara is an assassin with undeniably great magical power known colloquially as the Poison Flame. But with this great power comes undue hardship to her state of mind, great enough that she is looking for the opportunity to escape from what the job and life she has been pigeonholed into. And when she is given the job of capturing a rebel soldier known as the Shadowfox, and learns of who the Shadowfox actually is, her need t ...more
Sharonda Isadora
I think Whispers of Shadow & Flame is a great follow up to the first book even though the stories are completely different from one another.

The mantle between Elsira and Lagrimar is on the verge of breaking and war is inevitable. Both Darvyn and Kyara have their places to fight. One grudgingly, willingly...the other not so much.

Darvyn truly wants to help but is burdened by the duties placed daily on his shoulders. Kyara doesn't want her deadly power any longer for she knows that is not just ki
Aug 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I tried really hard to get into this book. I feel a little bad reviewing this book as I did not know it was the second book in a series. Perhaps if I’d read book one, I wouldn’t have been so lost. Every time I put this book down. I had trouble getting back into the story. Adult high fantasy is often difficult for me and this book fell into that category.
This book was just not for me.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, fantasy
An epic fantasy according to my heart, well written and entertaining.
I loved the great world building, the cast of characters, found the plot entertaining and engrossing.
I look forward to reading the next instalment in this series.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Janet Robel
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best fantasies I've read in a long time! This requires carving out a lot of time to read but is so worth it. Kyara and Darvyn are amazing characters. I just can't wait to read the next book.
Bonnye Reed
Jul 10, 2019 is currently reading it
I received a free paperback copy of this sci-fi novel from Goodreads, Leslye Penelope, and McMillian, St. Martin's Press.
Expected pub date October 1, 2019.
Whispers of Shadow & Flame took longer for me to get into than Song of Blood & Stone. When I read a lot of fantasy in quick succession, sometimes switching from setting to setting is frustrating and destabilizing. Whispers is set in the same world as Song, with the same magical rules, but the action takes place in Lagrimar instead of Elsira, so you have to get in the mindset of a different culture with different issues. Without the xenophobia of the Elsirans, Whispers' themes focus more on life ...more
Chris S.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Received an ARC of the St. Martin’s Press edition from a giveaway.

Loong review ahead, so if you want the short synopsis: What are you reading this for? Go out and buy this book, y’all! And the first book in the series, if you haven’t already done so! Or check them out of your local library.

Since this was given to me in the hopes of early feedback, I’m going to go into depth in terms of my opinions on those aspects of the book which it shares with most fantasy novels with as much effort to avoid
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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 gr

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Earthsinger Chronicles (4 books)
  • Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles, #1)
  • Cry of Metal & Bone (Earthsinger Chronicles, #3)
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