Title: The Language of Souls
Author: Lena Goldfinch
Published: November 9th 2012 by Lena Goldfinch, KDP (first published October 20th 2010)
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Shelf: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
As a soldier, Rundan has struggled all his life to please his father, a ruthless army commander, but 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.
Though 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 hers, she discovers she may have risked more than her life… she may have lost her heart.
I normally don’t enjoy reading novellas as I find that they aren’t long enough to really get into, but this particular story had me engaged from the first page. This was a very Romeo and Juliet-esque romance where love triumphs across cultural and language boundaries, but at the same time, all characters live to bask in their love. The story can be likened to many societal animosities found in the world today and helps to illustrate the fact that not everyone within those societies agrees that the battle should go on against all cost. The main characters in this story also go against all of the rules and cultural stereotypes to save a loved one. One thing that I especially enjoyed in this novella was the characters’ names. They are all unique but not hard to pronounce or remember. I thoroughly lost myself in the pages for an hour or so and recommend others do the same.