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Earthsinger Chronicles #4

Requiem of Silence

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In the vein of K. Arsenault Rivera and V.E. Schwab comes the epic conclusion in the stunning Earthsinger Chronicles.

Civil unrest plagues the nation of Elsira as refugees from their old enemy Lagrimar seek new lives in their land. Queen Jasminda is determined to push the unification forward, against growing opposition and economic strife. But the True Father is not finished with Elsira and he may not be acting alone. He has built a powerful army. An army that cannot be killed. An army that can only be stopped by Nethersong and the help of friends and foes of Elsira alike.

Former assassin Kyara will discover that she is not the only Nethersinger. She will need to join the others to harness a power that can save or end Elsira. But time is of the essence and they may not be ready by the time the True Father strikes.

Sisterhood novitiate Zeli will go to the reaches of the Living World to unlock a secret that could save the kingdoms. When armies meet in the battlefield, a new world will be forged. Whether by the hands of gods or men, remains to be seen.

576 pages, Paperback

First published August 17, 2021

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L. Penelope

33 books992 followers
L. Penelope (also writing as 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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Profile Image for Jane.
929 reviews56 followers
September 3, 2021
4 stars

You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books.

This is a satisfying last book in a great fantasy series. Jasminda and Kyara face their final showdown with the True Father, who remains determined to conquer Elsira. Recently escaped from the palace dungeons, and potentially getting help from his twin sister The Goddess Awoken, the True Father has a new army of wraiths that can't be killed and can only be stopped by Nethersong and the help of Earthsingers.

Like Elsira needed any more problems. Jasminda's husband is on a mission to garner new allies and she is keeping a tenuous hold on her crown. The civil unrest between Elsirians and the Lagrimar refugees attempting to settle in Elsira is heating up. Jasminda must figure out a way to keep Elsira from splintering apart in civil war and fight the True Father for the future of the entire kingdom. With the help of Kyara, and a young sisterhood novitiate Zeli, they may find a way to help the people of Elsira and Lagrimar, as well as defeat the True Father, for good.

This book is fast-paced and full of action. I was a little disappointed that Jasminda's husband was basically absent for 98% of the book. I enjoyed reading about him in the first book. Kyara and a young Lagrimar girl join the Cave Folk again to learn how to harness and control their power. This part of the book seemed to slow the story down and make it drag a bit. I also grew impatient with all of the inner turmoil in Kyara, as well as all of her family drama. Again, it seemed to slow the story down and could have been abbreviated to sustain momentum. I get it that Kyara needed to heal and feel worthy of having a happy life, but get on with it already! But these were minor annoyances that didn't affect my overall enjoyment of the book.

Overall, this was an entertaining, fun book series to read that I recommend you pick up. I look forward to reading more books from this author.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press. All opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Ines Johnson.
Author 119 books492 followers
October 26, 2020
I got the Alpha ARC, nanny nanny boo boo!!!!!!
Pays to stay friends with your college roomie.
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24 reviews4 followers
August 11, 2021
***Received an arc through NetGalley***

A climactic, heartwarming finale! While occasionally this multi-voice narrative meant we didn't spend long with previous main characters, it was worth it to be able to revisit so many favorites from past books. Overall, a deeply satisfying conclusion to this romantic fantasy quartet, highly recommended for fans of C.L. Polk and Katherine Arden.
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993 reviews77 followers
June 1, 2021

It took me a while to remember what happened in the previous book when I started this one, my reading year last year was terrible. I had several months where I barely read at all, let alone remember what I read any length of time after finishing a book. So I didn't remember who half these characters were for most of the book, thus leaving me very confused. I probably just need to do a re-read of the whole series back to back. Once I did remember what the heck had happened in the previous book, I was able to catch up with what was going on in this book.

This book picks up very shortly after the end of the previous book and throws us right back into the action. All the characters are more spread out, and it follows more of them rather than the previous set up in the series of just following a couple at a time. I think that also lent to some of the confusion on my part. I wasn't exactly sure who was supposed to be the main focus of this book.

The world is in a bit of chaos, with people unwilling to change wanting to adhere to the old ways. People are still scared and wary of magic, even though their new Queen is one of the few who can wield it. This book just felt like it had less focus compared to the rest of the series.

My love for the writing and the characters in their respective books is what kept me engaged with this book. I think if I had remembered more from the rest of the series I would have had a more enjoyable reading experience.
554 reviews5 followers
August 9, 2021
Queen Jasminda is trying to integrate the Langrimari refugees into Elsira, but there is much unrest. It doesn't help that the True Father is still trying to attack, using shadows that can't be harmed by anything but Nethersong. Kyara isn't the only Nethersinger, but they're woefully unprepared for the onslaught. In addition, sister novitiate Zeli is hoping to unlock a secret to repairing stolen Songs that just might remake the nations.

Requiem of Silence is the fourth book in the Earthsinger Chronicles and does absolutely rely on you reading the prior ones. Elsira is troubled by politics and racial divides, which affects Jasminda on a personal level. Her brothers, who look Elsiran, are welcomed more but still feel the disconnect that comes from being biracial and not feeling a part of either culture. Jasminda isn't really getting help from Oola and is overwhelmed by the politics in the country.

I feel bad for Kyara, who had endured so much trauma and has so much distrust for those who manipulate her into training. She receives a lot of information about a past she can't remember, as well as how to manipulate her Song. At the same time, Zeli is able to travel and find new information not because she's a fabulous scholar, but because she's kind and has good intentions to save the different kingdoms. There is a lot of political concern within and around Elsira, and the appearance of wraiths intent on destroying the people ups the ante for everyone involved.

As the final volume of the Earthsinger Chronicles, it did tie up storylines and show what their futures will be even if it doesn't happen on the page per se. I would've been happy to read dozens of more books in this series, as there is rebuilding to do and future generations to care for. As it is, this is a wonderful and complete series of books, and a great one to recommend for others.
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424 reviews7 followers
September 29, 2021
This was honestly the perfect conclusion to the series. It was so bittersweet and I may or may not have cried multiple times throughout, but it was also filled to the brim with hopefulness. Zeli and Varten allowed each other to grow in ways neither of them expected and it was really heartwarming to read their stories. Kyara and Jasminda are always welcome narrators, and it was really fascinating to learn more about Oola's and Eero's family dynamics. The political atmosphere of this story was fraught with tension, and the ending didn't perfectly resolve everything but instead made it seem very real. I was in love with the story from the first to the last page and I thought this was the strongest book in the series. L. Penelope created such an amazing series and ended it in such a satisfying way.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Courtney.
2,468 reviews7 followers
August 17, 2021
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley and am voluntarily posting a review. All opinions are my own.

Requiem of Silence is the conclusion to L. Penelope’s Earthsinger Chronicles, and it’s definitely an epic one. We once again meet some new characters, while also following some old friends again once last time.

I do think it would help if I had read the previous books to refresh my memory, as this book kind of throws you into the action, leaving you to try to recollect what happened in the prior books. However, I did eventually come to grips with the tense political situation the characters are in, conveyed through context clues in the text.

I love how this book has continued to show Jasminda and Jack continuing their work to heal the discord in Elsira. Alongside the continuation of their story arc, I enjoyed meeting the new characters and what they added to the story. Kyara particularly stood out to me, due to the trauma she’s dealt with. And I really liked that Zeli is proof that skill is not the only thing that can make a fantasy protagonist compelling, but kindness and good intentions can be just as important.

Generally, this book is a satisfying conclusion to the series, resolving issues in a way that provides closure, while still leaving things open about the future. If you enjoyed the prior installments, you won’t be disappointed with this one.
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7,531 reviews114 followers
August 15, 2021
Requiem of Silence (Earthsinger Chronicles #4)
by L. Penelope
A very detailed and well thought out universe. This book shows the struggle in history of this new ideological world that has had a devastating overwhelming battle between gods. the connection of the people and their gods is made through song, blood, and death. the book shows how having power makes people corrupts. The gods were men, and women, they found a way not to die through the use of magic promoted by song, blood, and sacrifice. Very thought provoking story that shows how perceptions can divide and separate people. The world is divided arbitrarily because of perceptions of the needs of the Gods, or those magicians that could not die but affect the world long after they should have passed on.
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812 reviews5 followers
May 26, 2023
This is a hard one to review for me. Ultimately I think this is 2.5/2.75 for me. The ending saved it from being a 2 star.

It took me a long time to read this because the first 350 pages was an absolute drag that I struggled through. I considered DNFing it multiple times. Ultimately I am glad I actually finished it, as it did pick up after the 350 page mark. The plot finally started to happen, and the finale was very explosive. I flew threw the last 200 pages. But again, the first 350 were incredibly boring.

Jack and Daryvn were barely in the book, and entirely missing in those first 350 pages. When they were in the book they both felt extremely flat. Jack had maybe a handful of lines the entire book. There is a huge reveal of Daryvn that is just tossed out and then not really explained. Luckily Lizette and Tai were barely in the book, as I did not care for them. Zeli and Vartren were fine. I liked Zeli, but didn't feel much about their romance.

Jasminda and Kyara were obviously the highlights of this book. Honestly, I think this series suffered for trying to add more characters when it should have focused on them (and of course, Jack and Daryvn, too). They are clearly the favorites, and the most interesting. It was a bit of a waste to spend so much time with other characters who didn't contribute much.

I also didn't care for Eero's chapters. I don't think they added anything. There was this weird plotline of some other people trying to use him for some purpose that completely went over my head. It felt like filling up pages that would have been better spent with Jasminda and Kyara, or you know, seeing what Jack and Daryvn were doing. I also didn't like that Eero's chapters were in second person for some reason. Second person can be utilized incredibly well (Harrow the Ninth and The Fifth Season, for example) but this felt like it was used just to be used. I couldn't figure out why it was in second person. Why was he the only one who got second person perspective? In the beginning I thought maybe it was to be mysterious about who's perspective it was, but it became apparent very quickly that it was Eero's. I for awhile thought maybe Oola was telling his perspective for some reason, but no. It was just in second person, just because.

I think the explosiveness of the ending kept this from becoming my least favorite in the series, but I do think while the very end was good, this was a bit of a letdown. It's frustrating to have the first 350 pages of a 550 page book be a chore to get through, especially when it's the last book in the series. Still, I'm glad I read it, but I think I have to accept that aside from the second book, which I really liked, overall this is 3 star series for me. Which isn't bad by any means. I still enjoyed it. I do still think I'd recommend it, but it's not a favorite and I'm not sure how long this will last in my brain, sadly.
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117 reviews
November 29, 2021
Solid ending to a solid series, though this was definitely not my favorite book for the four. Things tied up really neatly. Maybe too neatly. Jack being absent for most of the book made me worry he would be killed off, as now-useless early-series love interests frequently are, but the stakes were deceptively low in the end (despite, thematically, being pretty high) and pretty much everyone whose name we knew survived. Also, everyone is basically related. How nice.

I did find it hard to remind myself of what had happened in the previous stories/what world I was walking into. That happened with Book 3, too, and it's hard to say if it was my mindset (it took me a few days to be able to get past the first couple of chapters; I was not feeling it when I started) or if the world-building is not "sticky" enough (I subsequently continued another series that I hadn't touched in maybe two years and I was very quickly able to be "in it" again). Ultimately I was able to build momentum again and the conclusion of Oola and Eero's journeys was very compelling, even if some of the other characters' wrap-ups were less so.
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1,429 reviews18 followers
January 29, 2022
This is the fourth and final book of the Earthsinger Chronicles series. I won books one and two through GoodReads First Read program. I had read the first three books of the series so I was determined to finish the story by reading the final book. I am not a fantasy fan but the first three books were ok. However, in the middle of the final book, I had just had enough. When this book started to tell a story about cave dwellers and the fantasy that was taking place with Blood Magic I had had enough. I am not a quitter but I just couldn't make myself read this.

There were good parts to this book. I enjoyed the Queen Jasminda parts and Zeli serving the Good Goddess parts. Even the Evil Father escaping from prison was pretty good. Penelope is a good writer and tells her story in an entertaining fashion. There were just too many characters and the book jumped all over without any apparent connection between the stories that were going on. I am sure it was all tied up at the end but I just couldn't take it anymore. I was reading about characters that I didn't know and couldn't figure out their connection to the overall story.
69 reviews
August 30, 2021
I have liked all the books of this series and have been looking forward to this one because I have so many questions. This series finale answered many of those questions and other things settled into a plausible scenario. I must say that I loved King Pia. She was fantastic! I appreciated Zann Biddel's & Queen Jasminda's goodbye.
Some shockers were Yellis, OOlia, Mooriah, Fennix , and the history there....with some holes.
One thing that bothered me was the Author's lack of knowledge between supine and prone. If you are lying prone you are chest, abdomen, and face down. If you are looking up you are supine. It is impossible to look up at the stars in a prone position.
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47 reviews
January 15, 2022
L. Penelope's Earthsinger series is a master class in contemporary world building. I took a year between the first 3 books and this final one, and yet I still found myself being able to recall the individual characters and their tales. Penelope has a way of using contemporary global issues and applying them seamlessly to a high fantasy world without making it feel too obvious or tone-deaf. Her characters become friends and family and I love how the series ended.

My only wish was that we saw more of Jack and Tai, I loved those two men and their support of their partners, but I also get that there was a lot going on.
942 reviews1 follower
September 17, 2021
Title: Requiem of Silence
Author: L. Penelope
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

I’ve really enjoyed the Earthsea Chronicles series, and I’m sad to see it end. I love how all the cultures are blended together and explore their differences as well as their commonalities. The characters and settings are vibrant and detailed, and the storyline has been wonderfully explored in-depth, making this a series I highly recommend.

(Galley courtesy of St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.)

January 4, 2022
took me forever to read bc of the holidays/wedding/honeymoon but it’s a great series! Feels like this book is slightly rushed because there is so much content to make it all make sense in the end, so the pace is much different than the previous 3, especially in the latter half of the book. also no sexy times! but I really love the world Penelope built and I’ll likely read the .5’s in the series at some point. the ancestors really came alive in this one (ha). Definitely worth finishing the series
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367 reviews1 follower
May 27, 2022
I thought this was a fantastic ending to this series. Everyone who was supposed to get a happy ending did. I thought it was lovely that the author allowed even the morally grey characters get the ending that seemed right. While I really enjoyed this series, it is a slow paced series with sporadic action and is very plot heavy. Which is a nice change of pace in high fantasy. I like that the magic system is unique and focuses heavily on the ideal that everyone is apart of the earth and what we take we give back in the end.
89 reviews1 follower
November 6, 2021
Thank you Leslye Penelope!!! I loved this book. I’ll admit, I didn’t quickly fall into it like I did the other books in the series, but I enjoyed the story all the way through. I loved the development of Tarazeli’s (Zeli)character, and seeing how the characters from previous books came together to fight the True Father. My only complaint is that the series ends with this book. I’m not ready for the stories of Lagrimar and Elsira to be over!!! I want to know more!!!
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390 reviews6 followers
July 15, 2022
Page 439 they get their percentages mixed up which for some reason stuck with me enough to write it here lol. It should be 44% because 56% voted for unification. But anyway. It was an interesting end to the series. I was a little weirded out by the rumpus which just so happened to be coming up in a couple days and then the whole thing seemed set up for Zeli to win. Was the Leggzy driver also Remi/Wilmer or whatever his name was? And until you got the whole explanation of the archives being the saint himself it seemed so dumb to limit access to once a decade if it was such a tool for development and growth.
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Profile Image for Nathaniel Haack.
20 reviews
December 6, 2021
I really enjoyed the first 3 books of this series but this final book fell flat. The author tried to pull together too many story lines, the magic seemed to twisted to fit the story rather than have a logic of its own, and there was none of the character development and world building that made the first three books stand out.
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9 reviews
September 1, 2021
I loved it. I loved the whole series. I thought it was wrapped up nicely. It's also important to read the novellas in between. Not required, but definitely makes it more enjoyable. I'm glad I happened on this series when the pandemic hit.
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335 reviews28 followers
October 12, 2021
A satisfying conclusion to a great series. With intricate and vivid worldbuilding (history, customs, lore, politics) and a captivating ensemble cast, L. Penelope has crafted a rich world that I hope continues somehow. I can´t wait to read whatever she writes next.
46 reviews
February 12, 2023
The conclusion of this series leaves me happy and saddened at the fact that I won't be hearing more about these characters that I grew to love. The many points of view were well written, and the story itself poetic.
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217 reviews18 followers
September 8, 2021
I love every character. They all hold a special place. I love the interweaving of every story line forward and back. Every new discover i found myself saying....the whole time?!
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63 reviews2 followers
February 25, 2022
Wonderful ending to a 4-book series! I didn't read any of the novellas (set b/w the main books) but I very much enjoyed the overarching story and all of the characters!
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923 reviews2 followers
January 29, 2023
Oh my God. This ending was everything I could hope for in an ending to a series I adore so much. I'm gonna go cry now.
93 reviews
February 9, 2023
Enjoyed this series. Impressive world-building & a good combo of fantasy, adventure & a little romance.
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