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A fast-paced tale of adventure and soul-stirring romance that will leave you breathless. Solena trespasses into hostile territory to search for a rare herb to cure the grandfather she loves. When a young enemy soldier captures her and she's accused of being a spy, she discovers just how much she’s risked. As a soldier, Rundan struggles to please his father, a ruthless army A fast-paced tale of adventure and soul-stirring romance that will leave you breathless. Solena trespasses into hostile territory to search for a rare herb to cure the grandfather she loves. When a young enemy soldier captures her and she's accused of being a spy, she discovers just how much she’s risked. As a soldier, Rundan struggles to please his father, a ruthless army commander. When his father orders him to take the beautiful trespasser to the royal courts, where she’ll surely be tried and executed, Rundan is plagued by an inconvenient desire to protect her. The handsome young soldier confuses Solena. First, he cruelly captures her, and then treats her with uncommon kindness. When he risks his life to save hers, she fears she may have risked more than her life on her journey…she may have lost her heart. YOUNG ADULT Fantasy/Romance/Novella TEEN FICTION


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A fast-paced tale of adventure and soul-stirring romance that will leave you breathless. Solena trespasses into hostile territory to search for a rare herb to cure the grandfather she loves. When a young enemy soldier captures her and she's accused of being a spy, she discovers just how much she’s risked. As a soldier, Rundan struggles to please his father, a ruthless army A fast-paced tale of adventure and soul-stirring romance that will leave you breathless. Solena trespasses into hostile territory to search for a rare herb to cure the grandfather she loves. When a young enemy soldier captures her and she's accused of being a spy, she discovers just how much she’s risked. As a soldier, Rundan struggles to please his father, a ruthless army commander. When his father orders him to take the beautiful trespasser to the royal courts, where she’ll surely be tried and executed, Rundan is plagued by an inconvenient desire to protect her. The handsome young soldier confuses Solena. First, he cruelly captures her, and then treats her with uncommon kindness. When he risks his life to save hers, she fears she may have risked more than her life on her journey…she may have lost her heart. YOUNG ADULT Fantasy/Romance/Novella TEEN FICTION

30 review for The Language of Souls

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia シ

    **ARC provided by the Author via Never Too Old For Y.A. & N.A. Books ** 4.5/5 stars The lush and wondrous setting literally springs to life off the pages!! The main character, Solena had just been named 'healer' from her Granpeer, the Prophet, who is slowly dying. Solena must venture off to forbidden lands, which are controlled by soldiers, to find a specific herb to heal her dying grandpeer The Language of Souls is a short but captivating story. It's packed with romance, and action. I absolutely l **ARC provided by the Author via Never Too Old For Y.A. & N.A. Books ** 4.5/5 stars The lush and wondrous setting literally springs to life off the pages!! The main character, Solena had just been named 'healer' from her Granpeer, the Prophet, who is slowly dying. Solena must venture off to forbidden lands, which are controlled by soldiers, to find a specific herb to heal her dying grandpeer The Language of Souls is a short but captivating story. It's packed with romance, and action. I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't put it down. It was original, never predictable, and yet utterly satisfying. I loved the characters, they were well thought out and the imaginative world the author has created. My only complaint, it was WAY too short. I would have loved to read more! I highly recommend it and I can't wait to read more from this author! Happy Reading! ~Ana @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime~ also posted here http://somanybookssolittletimebookgro...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    This is the second book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it. While I would have liked a little more depth to the book, it was a short read so I can't really hold that against the story. It was interesting and unique. I liked how the MC was a healer and how she was selfless and did something extreme to save someone. A good read. This is the second book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it. While I would have liked a little more depth to the book, it was a short read so I can't really hold that against the story. It was interesting and unique. I liked how the MC was a healer and how she was selfless and did something extreme to save someone. A good read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Navarro

    Wow, what a sweet story. Slightly reminiscent of Dear Enemy but unique in and of it's own right. For a novella to bring about that much change in fate and emotion in so few pages, it deserves to be applauded. I was quite glad. Solena, a young orphaned girl raised by the High Prophet of her people, is known for having a generous heart along with her healing hands-- at times being generous to a fault. When she convinces her best friend's brother-in-law, an expectant father, to take her on his peril Wow, what a sweet story. Slightly reminiscent of Dear Enemy but unique in and of it's own right. For a novella to bring about that much change in fate and emotion in so few pages, it deserves to be applauded. I was quite glad. Solena, a young orphaned girl raised by the High Prophet of her people, is known for having a generous heart along with her healing hands-- at times being generous to a fault. When she convinces her best friend's brother-in-law, an expectant father, to take her on his perilous journey to find a votif for his unborn child (a container which holds the embers of life of each living person), it is with the ulterior motive of disappearing into a hostile, foreign land to gather life saving herbs for her grandfather. And it is here that she meets Rundan, becoming his captive in an attempt to appease his father. Solena has heard how much the Odenians hate foreigners, and is aware her life is in jeopardy-- but with a strong language barrier, she has no way to communicate and plead her case as she is wrongly accused of being a spy. But Rundan is not what she assumes he is, and Solena proves to be everything and more than Rundan could have imagined she would be. The relationship between Rundan and Solena bounces through many trials and ultimately comes to a turning point where lives are exchanged for lives, and the sacred embers within their votifs prove to be a more binding thing than either could have imagined. It brings about a language they can use to communicate, and that changes everything. "So when you held out your votif," she asked, "you were offering--" "Everything I had." This is definitely a book I would read again, and in my own selfish way I think I could have been improved had it been longer instead of stuck within the constraints of a novella, but it developed nicely and I read it all within an hour and a half, devouring every word. Solena's sacrifice brings about a morally ripping question: should you be in a position to help someone you do not trust but are indebted to, in a way you have never before that for all you know could kill you, would you do it without hesitation? Could you take a part of yourself and use it to save someone else? Would you? I will be pondering this question for a while.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Penny Watson

    I can't imagine anything more challenging for a writer than to create a fully-realized story, complete with world-building, emotional drama, conflict, symbolism, romance and wonderful characters, and pack all of that into 76 pages. I consider most "quickie" stories an amuse bouche....something quick and tasty, but not a full meal. Usually when I finish a short story I am craving more, feeling somewhat gypped by the length of the novel. The Language Of Souls by Lena Goldfinch is short, sweet, roma I can't imagine anything more challenging for a writer than to create a fully-realized story, complete with world-building, emotional drama, conflict, symbolism, romance and wonderful characters, and pack all of that into 76 pages. I consider most "quickie" stories an amuse bouche....something quick and tasty, but not a full meal. Usually when I finish a short story I am craving more, feeling somewhat gypped by the length of the novel. The Language Of Souls by Lena Goldfinch is short, sweet, romantic and completely and utterly satisfying. It felt like a full course meal packed into 76 little pages. Incredibly well-written pages, I might add. Goldfinch has created a stunning work for her debut "novellette" and I can't wait to read more of her stories. The beginning evoked Island of the Blue Dolphins, one of my favorite childhood books. Goldfinch does a remarkable job with the world-building in this story...the setting really comes alive. This little book has everything I desire in my romance novels....fascinating characters, just the right amount of conflict/tension, and a satisfying HEA. It also had wonderful layers of symbolism, from the soul-containing "votifs" to the extraordinary kiss. I actually kept repeating "Oh! Oh! Oh!" after I finished the final page of the story. I don't remember the last time I read such a romantic scene, and I love the fact that a simple kiss was elevated to something so powerful and emotional. Especially for us jaded romance/erotica readers...I think we sometimes forget about the power of a simple kiss. Lena Goldfinch reminded me, and it was a beautiful thing. Grade: A Penelope

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christie

    The Language of Souls is an enchanting little novella. I was immediately drawn in by the fascinating world in which Solena lives. As Solena sets out on her quest to find the herbs needed to save her grandfather, I was continually impressed with her courage and kindness. She is an amazing character that I couldn’t help but love and admire. When Rundan came into the picture I was extremely pleased with the direction the author took the plot. I feel like the entire story played out perfectly. The e The Language of Souls is an enchanting little novella. I was immediately drawn in by the fascinating world in which Solena lives. As Solena sets out on her quest to find the herbs needed to save her grandfather, I was continually impressed with her courage and kindness. She is an amazing character that I couldn’t help but love and admire. When Rundan came into the picture I was extremely pleased with the direction the author took the plot. I feel like the entire story played out perfectly. The ending was everything I could have hoped for and more. This is a world I can see myself wanting to visit again. I enjoy reading short stories, but sometimes find I feel dissatisfied when I reach the end. Almost as if the story was incomplete. This was most definitely not the case with The Language of Souls. The author did a beautiful job of packing what felt like a full length novel into a short, but sweet package. This reader was left completely sated. The writing flowed so smoothly, and gave me enough detail and growth to become completely immersed in Solena and Rundan’s world.I finished reading many weeks ago, but thinking of The Language of Souls still causes a pleasant nostalgic feeling. A truly stunning novella that I highly recommend to readers who enjoy romance laced with elements of fantasy, or anyone longing for a good old fashioned HEA. While I feel The Language of Souls falls into the adult fiction category, it can easily appeal to teens who enjoy fantasy with a side of sigh worthy romance. At just under 80 pages this is a story that can be easily devoured in an afternoon.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This moving and compelling romance will take you to another time and place. Goldfinch crafts a beautiful narrative!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Janis Rocha

    I received this book as a read for review.This is a great short story about a souls journey and love. **Spoilers** The book opens up with Solena a young girl with the gift of healing who lives with her Grandpeer the Prophet of their city. Solena loves her Grandfather he has raised her since she was a little girl and right now he is dying from a terrible long disease which can only be cured with a special hreb. Unfortunately, their is none left and the only way for Solena to get more is to journey I received this book as a read for review.This is a great short story about a souls journey and love. **Spoilers** The book opens up with Solena a young girl with the gift of healing who lives with her Grandpeer the Prophet of their city. Solena loves her Grandfather he has raised her since she was a little girl and right now he is dying from a terrible long disease which can only be cured with a special hreb. Unfortunately, their is none left and the only way for Solena to get more is to journey to another city. When her best friends brother has to leave on a journey to find a votif for his new baby Solena convinces him to take her. No one knows she will not return with him Solena plans to make her way to the city to find the herb her Grandfather so desperately needs. On her journey through the city Solena is captured by a soldier. When she tries to explain she quickly realizes they do not speak the same language. Rundan a soldier and son to the Army's Master decides to take Solena to his father to please him. The men at the camp look at Solena like she is a prize and the Army's Master wants to have her tried for being a spy he tells Rundan to take her to the palace or not to bother returning. Solena desperate knowing her life is in danger tries to escape and nearly drowns before Rundan saves her life. Solena can't understand why he would save her only to have her be killed. Rundan takes her Votif with her life embers and Solena knows she can not escape with out them. While in the cave they stop at to rest Solena waits for him to fall asleep then takes back her votif and flees. Rundan awakes to find her gone and hears her screaming. He rushes to find her to save her from the soldier who has taken her. They fight and Rundan becomes injured. The soldier leaves and Solena helps Rundan back to the cave where she begans to try and heal him. While in the cave Solena does everything she can to save his life and yet nothing works. Solena has a crazy idea to share some of her life embers with his. It has never been done before but Solena can not bare to let him die. When he comes to and learns of what she has done he is in shock that she would do something like this for him the soldier that captured her and was going to lead her to her death. Rundan immediately turns to the ancient text to see what he can learn of what she has done. They soon discover they can both speak the ancient language and can now communicate. Solena tells Rundan of her Grandfather and the herb she needs to save his life. Rundan agrees to take her to the spot where the herbs grow and then take her back to her home. During the time they spend together they began to fall for eachother. Rundan decides to ask her to marry him in which she mistakes for him offering to be her servant and refuses his proposal. Rundan is sad and heartbroken as they make their journey back to Solena's home. Solena and Rundan enter the city and soon find out Grandpeer is still alive. She takes Rundan to meet her Grandfather. Rundan quickly tells Grandfather how Solena gave him some of her life embers. Grandfather quickly turns to the ancient text to learn what this means for Solena. He owes his life to Solena and will do whatever it takes to repay her and be near her. They decide that he will stay and help teach and take over teaching in a year or so which he is happy to do. Grandfather asks if he would be happy in this city and maybe marry and have children. Rundan replies no he can not think of marriage right now. Solena confused ask's what happened thinking his heart was broken by another from his village. Rundan says he can not marry after Solena refused him. She is in shock she thought he was offering something completely different. So Solena gets on her knees and asks him to marry her. Now with that mix up taken care of they live happily ever after.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    My Review: So, The Language of Souls, is a little gem of a novella. It's not the full out length of a book, but it is doesn't need to be. This novella has so much to it. It is heart-warming, intense, complex, and a really fast pace read. And overall, despite the setting, which is not light hearted, it was really adorable, because the main characters were such lovely people. It felt like a fairy tale. The world building in this novella is so impressive. I haven't read too many novella's so I alwa My Review: So, The Language of Souls, is a little gem of a novella. It's not the full out length of a book, but it is doesn't need to be. This novella has so much to it. It is heart-warming, intense, complex, and a really fast pace read. And overall, despite the setting, which is not light hearted, it was really adorable, because the main characters were such lovely people. It felt like a fairy tale. The world building in this novella is so impressive. I haven't read too many novella's so I always am concerned with the world building when I do read one, because I worry if the author has enough space to develop their world. As this story was set in a fantasy world, I wondered if I would get enough info on the world, in order to really see it in my mind. Here to inform you that I did. I loved the idea of having these enemy territories, Oden and Toranni, and their respective people not getting along at all, and the friction that is created between their people when they do encounter each other. Each territory had its intricate traditions and rituals and it had like an ancient feel to it. Like you were being taken to an ancient, secret world. And the clothing described on the characters, also kinda gave me that impression of ancient-ness with the characters walking around in armor or flowing tunics. THAT is the vibe in this story. It's very fantasy and fairy-tale-ish. The main characters, Solena, a healer from Toranni, and Rundan, a young Oden soldier - were SO cute, you guys. Like, I can't. Solena had all the makings of a fairy tale princess with how sweet she was and her undying love for her grandpa. And poor Rundan was so dutiful and just dying to impress his commander/army dad who was a jerk. He was, like, a fairy tale prince. I mean, neither of Solena or Rundan were royalty per se, but they had that prince, princess vibe going on. Solena just has this beautiful soul and willingness to help, a selflessness, that is great. This naturally grabs Rundan's attention, a soldier from enemy territory. While Rundan, on the outside looks like this collected and stern soldier, but really is unlike his other Oden soldiers. He is super humane, intelligent, decent - despite - having a nasty father, who treats him poorly. Their romance was ADORBS. Yes, I said, adorbs, but I had to, because they were beyond adorable, Solena and Rundan were so cute and sweet. Even amongst dangerous situations. At it's core, this novella, is all about people finding the courage to be themselves, to go beyond stereotypes and managing to see the true essence of others. Rundan and Solena had a lot of hurdles to get over. They were from enemy territories, they didn't speak the same language, Rundan took Solena captive when she stepped in his territory. As you guys can imagine, the conditions for these two getting along were very bad, but they manage to overcome that and what ensues is really cute. Now, I do have one complaint: This novella should have been longer. I wanted more. There should be a sequel to this. Something. BUT there is soo much more that can be developed from the Toranni and Oden world. Like, I wanted to see how Rundan and Solena would work together, being that they were from enemy territories. I wanted to see how Rundan would confront his ruthless dad and how Solena would further manage Rundan with her people. And I also wondered how the people in each territory would react to Rundan and Solena coming together. As I said, there is a lot there, that can be further developed. Overall, this novella was really good. Loved it! My rating: 4/5

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Hines

    Solena has just been named healer from her Grandpeer, the Prophet. He is slowly dying from a lung disease and desperately needs an herb to extend his life. So when a father-to-be needs to journey for a votif for his newborn child, Solena offers to go along and help. Selecting a votif is a very big deal. The votif is kept with the person their whole life; it is filled with their life embers. When he finds the perfect votif, Solena announces to him that she is not returning until she gets the herb Solena has just been named healer from her Grandpeer, the Prophet. He is slowly dying from a lung disease and desperately needs an herb to extend his life. So when a father-to-be needs to journey for a votif for his newborn child, Solena offers to go along and help. Selecting a votif is a very big deal. The votif is kept with the person their whole life; it is filled with their life embers. When he finds the perfect votif, Solena announces to him that she is not returning until she gets the herb to help her Grandpeer. The only place she can think to look is a nearby forest, filled with soldiers and forbidden. She travels many days and is exhausted and hungry when she sees a fruit tree. Famished, she begins to eat the ripe plums when a strong hand lands on her shoulder. She is scared senseless as he hauls her toward his camp. She has heard the rumors that the soldiers will kill anyone who trespasses. She doesn't understand anything they say, and they do not understand her. Rundan, the soldier who captured Solena, is not like the others. He has no wish to be a soldier, but to dedicate his time to his ancient texts and wisdom. But his father insists, but when his father commands Rundan to escort Solena to the palace to be killed, he questions himself. On thier travel to the palace, a long journey, they make camp in a cave. But another soldier attacks Solena and Rundan comes to her rescue at great injury to himself. Instead of running away, Solena stays and tries to heal him, but he is getting weaker. She comes up with the idea to share some of her life embers from her votif with his -- even though it's never been done except with newborns. It works, and Rundan finds himself falling in love with Solena. When he offers himself to her in marriage, she declines. She thinks he is offering himself to her as a servant, and although they recently found they could communicate with the language of the old texts, miscommunication still happens. Rundan decides he will not return to his people and will take Solena back to hers - she did save his life. But the whole journey he tries to distant himself from her, hurt by her rejection. Solena doesn't understand what happened to their easy comradeship and although she loves Rundan, she can't abide the thought of him being her slave. The Language of Souls is a short story but packed with romance, action, and the different beliefs of people and how they are sometimes the same. Solena and Rundan's story is heart-warming, sensual and soul-searching. They speak in another language besides verbally, but express their desires and their needs with body language, or just a look. Their world is expressed in a beautiful language that is breathtaking and sweet. High marks to Ms. Goldfinch for this wondrous story!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    The Language of Souls is an extraordinary journey of one young woman whose unwavering courage brought her the most precious treasure that she could have ever imagined. It is a tale of one whose deeply felt duty and love drove to her to look beyond her fears and delivered her into an unspeakable destiny that she never saw coming or even dared dream about. She found the missing part of herself that even she was not aware that her heart was longing for. Solena is driven by her adopted grandfather’s The Language of Souls is an extraordinary journey of one young woman whose unwavering courage brought her the most precious treasure that she could have ever imagined. It is a tale of one whose deeply felt duty and love drove to her to look beyond her fears and delivered her into an unspeakable destiny that she never saw coming or even dared dream about. She found the missing part of herself that even she was not aware that her heart was longing for. Solena is driven by her adopted grandfather’s illness to seek out the only herb that would help to cure him. She is taken deep into the heart of forbidden land that is ruled over by a cruel enemy. Her love fuels her courage and her determination when she contemplates running back home. During her journey, she comes across a young soldier named Rundan who out of obligation to his own duties presents her to his father as an enemy trespasser. In his pursuit to please his father, he obeys his orders and takes Solena to the castle for judgment. However, fate has a funny way of taking charge when we stray from our heart’s desire for too long. Will Rundan and Solena both find what their hearts are desperately looking for, or will they ignore it for another chance to go through the motions of their duty? Will they choose to open their hearts to what is right in front of them, or will they continue to pretend that things cannot and should not be changed? I still can’t let go of the beautiful characters in this book! They really came alive to me, and I hung on each word and action as it swept me away into their fierce and wonderful world. How the lives of Solena and Rundan became so entangled by complete random circumstances really fascinated and intrigued me. Watching as the events unfolded was like watching a marvelously complex ballet performance take shape while it entertains and dazzles the mind. The growing feelings, the tender interactions, and the delicate love that developed between them were breathtaking to say the least. I hated to see it end, but I absolutely LOVED the ending! It couldn’t have been better. Lena Goldfinch continues to surprise and delight with her touching and delicate stories that are so intricately intertwined together. Her writing is so fluid and effortless that I never see it while she builds her exquisite world around me. I highly recommend this story to all romance and non-romance readers alike as it will tug at your heart and make you feel no matter who you are.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lily at Bookluvrs Haven

    Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven This is a beautiful tale of two young people that do not fit the mold of their very different societies, who meet through the most unromantic of circumstances. Solena is brave, reckless and will do anything to help her ailing adoptive grandfather. Knowing he doesn't have much time left, she embarks on a mission to gather herbs she needs in order to brew a concoction her grandfather so desperately needs in order to survive. Predictably, once in enemy te Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven This is a beautiful tale of two young people that do not fit the mold of their very different societies, who meet through the most unromantic of circumstances. Solena is brave, reckless and will do anything to help her ailing adoptive grandfather. Knowing he doesn't have much time left, she embarks on a mission to gather herbs she needs in order to brew a concoction her grandfather so desperately needs in order to survive. Predictably, once in enemy territory, where this herb grows, she is captured. What wasn't so predictable is how feisty she is, and how aggressively she fights to escape the clutches of her enemy... if unsuccessfully. Rundan feels like he doesn't belong in the garb of a soldier, but must follow in his father's footsteps, though nothing seems to make him proud. His father is a brute man, and the very type of character that Solena's people fear. Ruthless, hard, and unmoving. So it is no surprise that when Rundan captures this girl, his father quickly brands her a spy. But Rundan is drawn to Solena and wants to protect her. His desire to be something else entirely than what is expected of him takes them both on a journey of discovery and the heartwarming story of how two different people, who can barely communicate with each other, find love. This story was very heartwarming, and left me with a happy fuzzy feeling. Though there wasn't much that kept me guessing, it was a quick interesting read. Love hits you on all levels till you are dizzy. Solena's love for her grandfather, her best friend, and her immense sacrifice to save her captor's life brought a little shimmer to my eyeballs. And I truly enjoyed reading how two strangers, from two completely different worlds that could barely communicate initially learned to love and respect each other along their journey. Though they were both so different, in cultures and appearance, this story drives home how in our cores, we believe in so much that is the same. The last scene of this novel took my breath away at how simple and extraordinarily romantic it was. *I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    When a soul finds its mate, the barriers of language and culture fall away, and love can be found in the most unlikely places, even in the heart of an enemy. But for Solena, this wasn’t the only love she found as she comes into her own and no longer doubts her abilities and calling as a gifted healer in her land. Undertaking a dangerous journey to find a powerful healing plant, Solena is captured by a young soldier with issues of his to contend with. Rundan is the son of a ruthless warrior and s When a soul finds its mate, the barriers of language and culture fall away, and love can be found in the most unlikely places, even in the heart of an enemy. But for Solena, this wasn’t the only love she found as she comes into her own and no longer doubts her abilities and calling as a gifted healer in her land. Undertaking a dangerous journey to find a powerful healing plant, Solena is captured by a young soldier with issues of his to contend with. Rundan is the son of a ruthless warrior and struggles to please a man who cannot be pleased. Does he follow orders and take Solena to her certain death, or follow his heart and conscience and do the “right” thing for this brave and caring stranger, a member of a people long feared and distrusted by his own? The Language of Souls by Lena Goldfinch is a beautiful novella filled with all of the heart of a much longer book, perfect for any audience, yet geared for Young Adults who enjoy losing themselves in a fantasy world. Ms. Goldfinch has given us beautiful, yet sometimes treacherous scenery, two very strong and honorable characters and wonderful tale to escape into, even if only for a short time! Publish Date: November 6, 2012-2nd edition (First ed. Oct. 20, 2010) Publisher: Indigo Road ISBN-13: 9781480087804 ASIN: B00A2ZG1MO Number of Pages: 146 Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance Age Recommendation: YA & up My Rating: 4 Stars Available at: Amazon / Barnes & Noble For more reviews check out Tome Tender's Book Blog or find us on Facebook.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Paschal

    Solena is a gifted healer, who's only family is her adopted granfather, the villages prophet. She does something extremely dangerous and crosses the treacherous mountain path into a hostile territory to obtain an herb needed to help her grandfathers health. While there, she gets captured by the young soldier Rundan. He is the son of the army captain, yet can do nothing right in his father's eyes. He realizes that he cannot turn beautiful Solena into the court to be executed because he loves her. Solena is a gifted healer, who's only family is her adopted granfather, the villages prophet. She does something extremely dangerous and crosses the treacherous mountain path into a hostile territory to obtain an herb needed to help her grandfathers health. While there, she gets captured by the young soldier Rundan. He is the son of the army captain, yet can do nothing right in his father's eyes. He realizes that he cannot turn beautiful Solena into the court to be executed because he loves her. This is their journey to saving her grandfather and finding out their true feelings about each other. I do not usually read short stories, but I am a sucker for a good romance so I thought I would try it out. It did not let me down, even though it was roughly only a 100 pages. The book was so full of details and world building it read as if it was a full length novel. The author did such a good job with the description I could see the world she laid out. I also really enjoyed the characterization. The book was told from both the main characters points of view, allowing the reader to gain insight into their feelings, especially since they could not communicate with the language barrier. I found it pretty interesting how Solena and Rundan were able to express themselves without world through the majority of the novella. Their relationship started shaky, full of distrust and anger, and then built on acts of kindness and love. It was as expected a very sweet story, even with the sad misunderstanding that occurred. The few side characters were not as fleshed out as Solena and Rundan, but their personalities were able to be seen through actions and speech. I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Garcia

    I was given my copy in exchange for an honest review, meeting the author in one of the discussion groups. I was expecting a light romance. In part that is what I got. I was able to read this in one night once I got to it in my reading lineup. However, this is a bit more than a "light romance." I would be interested in reading a second book to follow how the relationship continues and what becomes of Solena. This is a great stand alone, but would also make a great introduction to a series. The char I was given my copy in exchange for an honest review, meeting the author in one of the discussion groups. I was expecting a light romance. In part that is what I got. I was able to read this in one night once I got to it in my reading lineup. However, this is a bit more than a "light romance." I would be interested in reading a second book to follow how the relationship continues and what becomes of Solena. This is a great stand alone, but would also make a great introduction to a series. The characters I felt were well done, the point of view chosen gave a very nice look at what was going on in their heads. I appreciate a book written that way. The cover I feel was well suited since the romance part is not quite as important as Solena coming into her own. She's still got some growing to do in order to fit into her healer role, but the way she is portrayed in the book she will grow into it well. I think that the wing mark, which was the first one to appear in her marking ritual, is well portrayed by the flying posture on the cover. It's not about the romance, it's about the soul's journey. Something that I particularly liked was the literal take on the embers of life. I absolutely cannot remember reading anyone having done this before. I've seen them written about metaphorically, but the idea of carrying around embers and praying over them is rather powerful. It puts me in mind of how people carried embers with them in order to stoke later fires. With this in mind I can see the connection very well, even though in this they do not use the embers from their votifs to make fire.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Stoyanoff

    The Language of Souls was a quick and enjoyable romance novella. I devoured this treat in on sitting and enjoyed every page. Solena’s journey starts with a dangerous climb into the mountains, as she makes her way to a foreign land in search of healing herbs to save her grandfather. When she is caught trespassing and stealing, she is taken captive by Rundan, a soldier out on patrol. He brings her back to his father, the army commander, who orders Rundan to take Solena to the royal courts, where sh The Language of Souls was a quick and enjoyable romance novella. I devoured this treat in on sitting and enjoyed every page. Solena’s journey starts with a dangerous climb into the mountains, as she makes her way to a foreign land in search of healing herbs to save her grandfather. When she is caught trespassing and stealing, she is taken captive by Rundan, a soldier out on patrol. He brings her back to his father, the army commander, who orders Rundan to take Solena to the royal courts, where she’ll be executed. Will Rundan follow his father’s cruel orders, and take Solena to her death sentence, or will their budding attraction save her life? You’ll have to read The Language of Souls to find out. The relationship between Rundan and Solena was wonderful. Goldfinch packed a whirlwind of emotion into this short novella that left me wanting more. I thoroughly enjoyed watching these two get to know each other. I loved the confusion, and the sparks of desire, as their story unfolded. The descriptions were perfect. Often times, I find that when reading a novella, things feel rushed, but that was not the case with The Language of Souls. Each scene was painted vividly, allowing me to fully immerse myself into Solena and Rundan’s story. Everything flowed smoothly, from narrative to dialogue to description. And the ending … It was the perfect mix of awkward and sweet. I absolutely love it. An awesome ending to a wonderful novella! If you are looking for a quick romance that will make you smile, then pick this one up.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)

    This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/ Solena needs a herb to heal her dying grandfather, the only family she has left, but that involves going into the neighbouring hostile country Oden. When she is captured by a young solider and thought to be a spy she realises how much danger she is in. Rundan has always struggled to please his father, the army commander, but when he orders Rundan to take the young trespasser to the royal courts to be executed, he is This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/ Solena needs a herb to heal her dying grandfather, the only family she has left, but that involves going into the neighbouring hostile country Oden. When she is captured by a young solider and thought to be a spy she realises how much danger she is in. Rundan has always struggled to please his father, the army commander, but when he orders Rundan to take the young trespasser to the royal courts to be executed, he is conflicted as he does not want to harm her. After he gets hurt trying to protect her, and she heals him they grow closer, despite not speaking the same language, will Rundan chose to please his father or save the girl who he is falling for. The Language of Souls is a really good fantasy short story, which is really romantic as well. While I would have loved to have more of this story but, unlike most novellas, I did not feel that there was part of the story which has been missed out. Solena is a really nice person as she’s caring, determined and compassionated, although sometimes she is too compassionate. Rundan wants his father to like him but not at the cost of doing something that isn’t right, he is a scholarly person but is brave as well. The Language of Souls is really good and I wish there will be more books in this universe, I would recommend to fans of Asleep by Elizabeth Darcy or Witch Song by Amber Argyle.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*

    The Language of Souls is a YA Fantasy Romance Novella written by Lena Goldfinch. I read this as a R2R with We ♥ YA Books! As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate. Short, Sweet and Beautiful The Review: This incredibly sweet and romantic tale is about seventy or so pages long (on my Nook) and I thoroughly enjoyed every short moment of it. Solena journeys to hostile lands in search of an herb that will cure her grandfather’s cough and while there, The Language of Souls is a YA Fantasy Romance Novella written by Lena Goldfinch. I read this as a R2R with We ♥ YA Books! As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate. Short, Sweet and Beautiful The Review: This incredibly sweet and romantic tale is about seventy or so pages long (on my Nook) and I thoroughly enjoyed every short moment of it. Solena journeys to hostile lands in search of an herb that will cure her grandfather’s cough and while there, meets up with would be soldier, Rundan. Her desire to prolong her grandfather’s life causes her to take unexpected risks and his contempt for the violence of war leaves him abandoning a life he secretly hates. Their chance meeting brings them together on a beautiful journey that cultural differences and language barriers aren’t important once the heart becomes involved. They both risk everything for each other even though they are basically strangers making this a charming story filled with intense scenes and perfectly written characters. I loved the visual backdrop of the story and the imaginative world the author creates. My only complaint, it was way too short. I would have loved to read a full length novel with these two fabulous characters and inspired world. I loved it!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Simmaron

    This novella has left me speechless. Lena Goldfinch has changed my aspect towards love. I enjoyed reading Aire very much and I enjoyed reading this book even more. First of all the cover is beautiful and the title is totally appropriate. Two strangers belonging to foreign lands not knowing each others language yet care for each other. She is a healer, a captive of the soldier whom she's taking care of. She gave away her embers because she couldn't bear to see him dying. And he being a soldier ca This novella has left me speechless. Lena Goldfinch has changed my aspect towards love. I enjoyed reading Aire very much and I enjoyed reading this book even more. First of all the cover is beautiful and the title is totally appropriate. Two strangers belonging to foreign lands not knowing each others language yet care for each other. She is a healer, a captive of the soldier whom she's taking care of. She gave away her embers because she couldn't bear to see him dying. And he being a soldier care for her, protect her from his very own, leaves everything even his own land just to make sure she reaches to her lands safely. This story is about true innocent love which doesn't care about any motive or anything in this world. Which is expressed by windows of our souls i.e. eyes which doesn't know any language or religion . Utterly sweet and romantic this story has conquered my heart. I felt the same way as I did while reading Fallen series by Lauren Kate which was also all about true love. I recommend everyone to read it. And I request Lena to write a series similar to the stories of The Language of Souls or Aire.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jonel

    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 t 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michael Long

    This tells the story of a young girl who ventures into a hostile country to fetch a herb to heal her grandfather. While there, she is captured by an enemy soldier and the story deals with their relationship and journey. I really enjoyed the story and the world building is really well done. There are only a few characters here, but they are well developed and quite believable. It is really a good blend of romance and fantasy..it reminded me of novels like Graceling. I just wish it was a full nove This tells the story of a young girl who ventures into a hostile country to fetch a herb to heal her grandfather. While there, she is captured by an enemy soldier and the story deals with their relationship and journey. I really enjoyed the story and the world building is really well done. There are only a few characters here, but they are well developed and quite believable. It is really a good blend of romance and fantasy..it reminded me of novels like Graceling. I just wish it was a full novel because there were so many things touched on that could be expanded, so much of the future plot that could be told, and many mysteries that could be explained. I really finished it wanting more. I look forward to reading future stories by Lena Goldfinch as her writing style is really well done. See my reviews at http://www.michaelscifan.us

  21. 4 out of 5

    Purpinkrose

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. In this story we meet Solena who lives with her grandfather, who is a great healer and also like the leader of the people. Solena has the gift of healing as well. Her Grandfather is a sick man, and when one of her people are going to look for a gift for his new baby, Solena wants to go to. But it means going into territory that belongs to a different race of people. Here she is captured by a Soldier-Rundan. Who takes her back to there camp. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. In this story we meet Solena who lives with her grandfather, who is a great healer and also like the leader of the people. Solena has the gift of healing as well. Her Grandfather is a sick man, and when one of her people are going to look for a gift for his new baby, Solena wants to go to. But it means going into territory that belongs to a different race of people. Here she is captured by a Soldier-Rundan. Who takes her back to there camp. He treats her with kindness - although he doesn't know why he is acting like that. together they help one another and overcome everything. I liked this story. It was such a sweet story about the difference in race and language and how in the end it doesn't matter if your souls are connected. The cover was ok, the pace, storyline flowed together just right.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Miranda A. Uyeh

    This was a very sweet read, and I was sorry when I swiped over the last page. The story is a journey of two people from very different worlds (or tribes) who met, couldn’t understand each other’s language, but learnt to do so by gestures (and the language of their hearts and souls. It was beautiful!), and they ended up discovering they were kindred spirits after all. It was fascinating and dreamy to follow Solena and Rundan. There was never a dull moment with these two! They couldn’t have been mor This was a very sweet read, and I was sorry when I swiped over the last page. The story is a journey of two people from very different worlds (or tribes) who met, couldn’t understand each other’s language, but learnt to do so by gestures (and the language of their hearts and souls. It was beautiful!), and they ended up discovering they were kindred spirits after all. It was fascinating and dreamy to follow Solena and Rundan. There was never a dull moment with these two! They couldn’t have been more different in cultures and physical appearances, but oh, how they were such a perfect match! In their journey, they learned to understand each other, deeply care for one another, and eventually fall in love. I loved that this story showed that love, when merged with truth and humility, indeed conquers ALL differences. A very sweet read indeed! I applaud Lena’s craftsmanship.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chloe (Girl In The Woods Reviews)

    THE LANGUAGE OF SOULS was an entertaining, fast-paced read that kept me reading all day! I loved the characters which were Solena and Rundan (both the main protagonist) where they try to understand each other as they both speak a different language altogether - finally... things start to become a little interesting... I thought it was really creative on how the story was set in and including the author's fluid and easy-going writing, Goldfinch has progressed the novel's characters by developing THE LANGUAGE OF SOULS was an entertaining, fast-paced read that kept me reading all day! I loved the characters which were Solena and Rundan (both the main protagonist) where they try to understand each other as they both speak a different language altogether - finally... things start to become a little interesting... I thought it was really creative on how the story was set in and including the author's fluid and easy-going writing, Goldfinch has progressed the novel's characters by developing them into such a new way of seeing them. THE LANGUAGE OF SOULS is definitely a worthwhile read. (view spoiler)[PS It's quite short, if I must say. (hide spoiler)]

  24. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    it's a really interesting first setting of world & character building. and I really thought it was interesting in the beginning of the exchanges between Solena and Rundan because they didn't speak the same language, so the first few chapters are entirely without any dialogue other than inner dialogue. But, I needed more. The love felt pretty forced and rushed. It's a great intro, and a series I would read - if I could get a full length book out of it and more building of the world and their intere it's a really interesting first setting of world & character building. and I really thought it was interesting in the beginning of the exchanges between Solena and Rundan because they didn't speak the same language, so the first few chapters are entirely without any dialogue other than inner dialogue. But, I needed more. The love felt pretty forced and rushed. It's a great intro, and a series I would read - if I could get a full length book out of it and more building of the world and their interest in each other. and I love the cover. but I don't understand how it has anything to do with the story....it is pretty tho :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Juana "Darkness" Duran

    It must be cool to have healing abilities, I mean no one would ever get sick. But one day it could fail and you would have Togo get another medicine. That is exactly what Solena had to do in the story. Until she gets caught by Rundan, a scout for his fathers army. Rundan having a messed up father and all decides that he can't take her to the city palace. During his decision Rundan gets Solena caught by one of his fathers soldiers and himself hurt and quickly approaching death. Votifs are wonderf It must be cool to have healing abilities, I mean no one would ever get sick. But one day it could fail and you would have Togo get another medicine. That is exactly what Solena had to do in the story. Until she gets caught by Rundan, a scout for his fathers army. Rundan having a messed up father and all decides that he can't take her to the city palace. During his decision Rundan gets Solena caught by one of his fathers soldiers and himself hurt and quickly approaching death. Votifs are wonderful things and once Solena uses hers in an unthought way he gets another chance.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I really enjoyed this book. It kind of felt like stockholm syndrome in medieval times. Lena goldfinch writes a flowing narrative from two pov's that whisks you away to a world where a romeo and juliet like relationship struggles and develops before your eyes. I have to say that the book moves quickly and doesnt leave you bored or skipping ahead to make it through. It is a quick read and great for a summer afternoon! I really enjoyed this book. It kind of felt like stockholm syndrome in medieval times. Lena goldfinch writes a flowing narrative from two pov's that whisks you away to a world where a romeo and juliet like relationship struggles and develops before your eyes. I have to say that the book moves quickly and doesnt leave you bored or skipping ahead to make it through. It is a quick read and great for a summer afternoon!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bonny Bon Bon

    Firstly id like to thank Lena Goldfinch for giving me this novella in exchange for an honest review. This is the 2nd work ive read of Lena's and again I must comment on the great cover :D I really did like this novella the only reason i gave it 3.5 stars instead of 4 is that i wished it was longer. I know its a novella and im being selfish but again i would have loved a little more background on the characters like why did solena's mother leave her and perhaps an epilogue because i LOVE epilogues, Firstly id like to thank Lena Goldfinch for giving me this novella in exchange for an honest review. This is the 2nd work ive read of Lena's and again I must comment on the great cover :D I really did like this novella the only reason i gave it 3.5 stars instead of 4 is that i wished it was longer. I know its a novella and im being selfish but again i would have loved a little more background on the characters like why did solena's mother leave her and perhaps an epilogue because i LOVE epilogues, but im getting ahead of myself here Our main character Solena is a healer whom lives with her grandfather whom happens to be the Great prophet of there town. Her grandpeer is very sick and dying, the only thing that will make him better is a wild herb called tymia which can only be found in the neighbouring land of Oden. Oden is a very dangerous place as if you are found trespassing you most certainly will be executed and although Solena knows this she feels she must go so that she can collect this wild herb and heal her grandpeer. Before her departure her grandpeer bestows the great honour of making her the town healer which is a great honour as the town healer is revered by her people. Solena sets off on her journey over water and rocky terrain to Oden with her best friends brother in law Leopold whom is going to collect a Votif for his unborn child. After Leopold choses a Votif Solena then drops the bomb that she will not be returning with him to there home land but will be continuing on to find tymia NOW i know your all wondering what a Votif is so the best i can explain it is: A jar shaped bulb which the as a customer the father choses from Oden for the baby and after birth the mother fills it with half of her embers of life. Your Votif is a sacred item in which you life force is contained. After a week of unsuccefully searching for tymia she is captured by an Oden soldier named Rundan whom takes her back to his camp to his commander whom also happens to be his father. Rundan feels he has something to prove to his father as he has always been made feel like disappointment as he always prefered reading ancient text instead of battle. Once in the camp the other soldiers eye Solena with lust and once his father sees her he accuses her of being a spy and commands Rundan to escort her to the palace where she is surely to be executed. Solena tirelessly trys to explain who she is and what she is doing but she speaks a different language. I dont wish to give to much away so lets just say that on there journey an incident occurs where Rundan is injured, and solena stays by his side trying to heal him even if she had the opportunity to escape. After a week Solena sees that Rundan is almost at deaths door and out of desperation scoops some of her life embers from her Votif into his. I must say i loved the little twist at the end (view spoiler)[ where it is discovered that Solena didnt intentionally refuse Rundan's marriage proposal but just misunderstood his proposal of marriage as a proposal of servititude, because it isnt her custom to propose in that manner and decideds to rectify it but proposing to him in the Oden's traditional way (hide spoiler)] I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a short but happy read :D

  28. 5 out of 5

    Leylan

    I really liked the premise of this novella. But for me it was too short. I believe there could have been more added or details included to make it a little less rushed. Don't get me wrong, I loved the story line of a female healer risking her life to safe her substitute family and the romance that evolves between Solena and the soldier Rundan. The description of her land, the diction made specifically for this world and customs really paint a picture of the world she created and transports you t I really liked the premise of this novella. But for me it was too short. I believe there could have been more added or details included to make it a little less rushed. Don't get me wrong, I loved the story line of a female healer risking her life to safe her substitute family and the romance that evolves between Solena and the soldier Rundan. The description of her land, the diction made specifically for this world and customs really paint a picture of the world she created and transports you there since the first page. Solena proves to be a heroine without feeling fake or fortune falling upon her constantly with a stroke of luck. She has the character and will to be who she needs to be in order to play the heroine. Also loved how the author integrated communication between the two protagonists when they did not speak the same language, until eventually finding common ground. It is done so smoothly that makes it plausible for the reader. However,I was left a bit unfulfilled at the end. It had the desired ending but it left me feeling rushed and incomplete. Maybe some more clarifications where needed with some characters or plot angles? Other characters needed a little more growth. Regardless, I did like it but I think the plot line could have made it a great novel versus a novella.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brooke (i blog 4 books)

    3.5 stars Review originally posted on i blog 4 books (3/10/14): http://iblog4books.blogspot.com/2014/... I've enjoyed seeing some of Lena Goldfinch's beautiful covers and am now diving into her books! The Language of Souls is a YA fantasy romance novella that takes readers on an adventure. Rundan and Solena should be enemies but despite their inability to communicate with each other, they become unlikely allies, sacrificing everything for each other. Lena does a great job of introducing this new wo 3.5 stars Review originally posted on i blog 4 books (3/10/14): http://iblog4books.blogspot.com/2014/... I've enjoyed seeing some of Lena Goldfinch's beautiful covers and am now diving into her books! The Language of Souls is a YA fantasy romance novella that takes readers on an adventure. Rundan and Solena should be enemies but despite their inability to communicate with each other, they become unlikely allies, sacrificing everything for each other. Lena does a great job of introducing this new world to the readers. I had a vivid mental picture of the place the whole time I was reading. She also introduces the characters and lets us get to know them, facing the unique challenge of the characters not being able to talk to one another for much of the book. Yet she still managed to keep my interest. :) I wish the story had been just a few pages longer, perhaps another chapter, to give a little more depth to the relationship that developed. But overall, this was an endearing story with a great message! [3.5 stars] I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my fair and honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angie Taylor

    Once again Ms. Goldfinch creates a beautiful fantasy world with magic that centers on individuals natural talents/inclinations and emotions. Although the story of Solena and Rundan is brief in length, it speaks volumes of the language of love and compassion that can bridge the gap between different cultures and beliefs, allowing for the good in human nature to rule actions. Another delightful read!

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