Cry of Metal & Bone by L. Penelope is the Earthsinger Chronicles, Book 3. This edition to the epic fantasy series reads well as a standalone.
The Mantle, the magical barrier which separates the countries of Lagrimar and Elsira, has fallen. Two powerful factions have formed. One wants to unite the Lagrimari and the Elsirans as one harmonious country. The other seeks to keep the countries separate and force the Lagrimari to a far off land. To further agitate the populace someone has bombed a sacred Elsiran site. The Elsiran monarchs assemble a ragtag team to investigate the bombing and other matters of state. Rich girl gone bad, Lizvette Nirall, bad boy trying to make good, Tai Summerhawk and Earthsinger, Darvyn ol-Tahlyro, embark on a mission that unearths magic and secrets that have long been buried. Magical forces align foretelling devastating events to come.
Author, L. Penelope, enhances the fascinating world of vast wonders she’s built in the Earthsinger Chronicles. Cry of Metal & Bone picks up right where Whispers of Shadow & Flame left off without losing the continuity of the series. L. Penelope expertly handles the complex intertwining of the numerous well-developed characters she’s created without confusing the reader. The plot is engrossing and held my attention from the first page to the last. The ending is a perfect lead-in for future installments. Earthsinger Chronicles Book 3, Cry of Metal & Bone, is a strong 5 out of 5 star read that I throughly enjoyed. I recommend it to those who enjoy in-depth fantasy/sci-fi.
My thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Publication Date: August 11, 2020