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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Language of Souls by Lena Goldfinch

The Language of Souls by Lena Goldfinch
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (76 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Orchid

Actions speak louder than words…

Solena, a young healer with a generous heart, is desperate to heal her dying grandfather. When she ventures into hostile territory to find a rare herb, she finds out just how much she’s risked when she’s captured by the enemy and accused of being a spy.

Rundan, a soldier, has struggled all his life to please his father, a ruthless army commander. When he’s ordered to take the beautiful trespasser to the royal courts, where she’ll be summarily tried and executed, he’s plagued by the most inconvenient desire to protect her at all costs.

Terrified and anxious to escape, Solena is confused by the handsome young soldier who cruelly captures her and then displays uncommon kindness. When he risks his own life to save her, she discovers she may have risked more than her life...she may have lost her heart.

The Torrani and the people of Ober Eden do not associate with one another. This is despite their beliefs being similar and the fact that both races carry their essence of life in a votif which never leaves their possession.

Solena, a Torrani healer searches for napu weed in Ober Eden. She needs this to make medicine to keep her grandfather alive. Rundan, an Oberian solider, captures her and she is accused of being a spy. The Ober Eden soldiers try to take Solena away from Rundan. He is injured during their escape and they are forced to take shelter in a cave while Solena treats him.

Short but intense is how I would describe this story. Her upbringing has made Solena a determined young lady. Rundan confused personality rises from doing what others expect of him, rather than follow his own desires for his future.

Conflict arises from them not understanding each other's language but this is not overdone. Distrust built on the friction between their two countries means they are extremely cautious with each other.

Unexpected action by Rundan and an startling action by Solena suprised me, causing me to pause in reading. The shock only lasted a moment, and then I had to read on to find out how Ms. Goldfinch resolved the conflict.

An unusual story, but very captivating. The world and its people were well thought out and both main characters actions were in keeping with the story. I truly enjoyed reading The Language of Souls.

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