Tuesday, July 23, 2013




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.

My Review:

Rich descriptive text creates vivid images of a lush island paradise entombed by dark magic. This is a gripping fantastical tale of the power of believing in yourself and the need to have some place -- and someone -- to belong to. 

Kita's village is caught in the thrall of her evil magician master. Only she can see him for what he really is though she is still powerless against him. It takes an outsider to show her that freedom is within her grasp.

The journeyman, Pono, is the perfect romantic match for Kita. Like fire and water, they clash often enough to keep things interesting, but when they connect -- ohlala, be still my wildly beating heart! Goldfinch knows how to create romantic tension.

A wonderful, fulfilling read with plenty of action for fantasy and romance fans fourteen and up.

Giveaway Opportunity:

Songstone is currently only available in e-book format. I'm offering it, and another fantasy by Lena Goldfinch, Aire in a two-for-one giveaway. OR, if you are willing to wait a few weeks the paperback copies of Songstone will be available. Winners choice -- 2 ebooks or 1 book book. :-) To enter the draw for these e-books, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 28 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 


The author is doing a sweet summer giveaway in conjunction with the blog tour! The giveaway is open internationally, and one winner (randomly drawn) will receive:

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  1. Thanks for the lovely review! So happy to have you on the blog tour. :)

  2. Your welcome, Lena. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Hi. It is so neat that you have reviewed her books. I actually have her first two books. I would love to win Songstone in paperback. I need some fantasy to take me away after our basement flooded this week and all the work that entails. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  4. Oh no -- flooded basements are no fun! I had the same problem a couple of weeks ago. Not inches deep or anything but enough to have to throw out a lot of stuff!!:-( And I'm still worried about mold. Cyber hugs to you Boos Mum! Good luck on the draw!

  5. Awesome review - and graphics! :) I love your descriptions of the book. Isn't the romantic tension fab?? Love Pono! ♥

    So glad you enjoyed Songstone! Thank you very much for your generosity and your participation in the tour!


  6. LOL -- the graphics are courtesy of Pam Hillman's fantastic how to blog yesterday on Seekerville. Wait to you see tomorrow's. Bwahahahahaha!

  7. I'm so excited to be home from our summer road trip so I can spend time at the beach!

  8. Happy beach combing, Heidi. Good luck on the draw!

  9. I love swimming at the lake! Thanks for the giveaway! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com