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LENA GOLDFINCH is the Amazon-bestselling author of sweet historical western romance / inspirational romance and books for teens. She's always been a sucker for a good old-fashioned romance, whether it's a novel or short story, young adult or adult, fantasy or realistic, contemporary or historical. Lena has been a finalist in several national writing contests, including the RWA Golden Heart and ACFW Genesis contests.
on Aug. 01, 2013 :
i really liked this short story and wish that it was longer!
very cool world and interesting characters.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on July 30, 2013 :
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.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
on July 23, 2013 :
When I first read the summary I was intrigued and glad I got to read it in exchange for a review. Thanks to the author for the copy!
Solena is a young girl with an amazing gift. Her love of her grand-peer who is dying, sends her off on a mission to a foreign land. She knows it's dangerous however she cannot bare to lose her grand-peer just yet. In this foreign land, she is captured by a young soldier, who is trying to appease his father. He ends up helping Solena instead of following orders. I loved this story! It captured my attention right from the beginning and I read it in one night. The author does a fabulous job of making the characters interesting, and the plot just flows smoothly along. The love story was so sweet! The journey back to her land was captivating.
I highly recommend this book!
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on July 18, 2013 :
*I received a copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review*
I give this book 3.5 stars!
This is the story of Solena, who goes in search of a herb which will ease her Grandfathers suffering and prolong his life but Tymia is only grown in Oden, hostile territory to those born in her birthplace of Torrani.
Solena makes it to Oden but is captured by Rundan a good hearted Soldier whose father is the Commander of the Army. He is always trying to please his father and feels by taking her to him he will do his duty and impress his father, Rundan thinks she will receive a small punishment and be sent home, however he is ordered to take her to the Royal Court for judgement which will likely result in her execution.
Rundan has the over whelming need to protect Solena and his confusing feelings bother him, however when other Soldiers draw swords to claim her he risks his life to protect her and wants to return her home safely. This is where their journey begins but the question is who saves who and will Solena make it home with his medication before her Grandfather is beyond saving???
The synopsis for this story had me wanting to read more of the promising romance between Solena and her handsome Soldier as they partake in their adventure and daunting task of returning her home to Torrani safely.
I found this story hard to get into at first as I struggled to understand the time period and where in the world Torrani would be, as I read the description of Solena and the clothes she wore I imagined her as Native American and based in North or South America but then the description of Rundan had me thinking ‘Gladiator’ and Ancient Greece, especially with the mention of their interest in ancient scriptures, which I found a little confusing.
I also found the start a little slow for my liking, however once Solena reaches Oden the pace increased and their adventure began giving the reader some action and suspense.
I really enjoyed reading this novella and their love story was adorable, however I found myself wanting more details on them falling in love as I wanted to feel more emotion.
When reviewing this story I was aware it was a novella but I feel if this was longer it would have provided the extra details I wanted and been an amazing YA romance novel.
I loved the second half of the book, I even got ‘a hold your breath’ moment and the ending is so beautiful it’s not to be missed!
Lena Goldfinch provides this story from both Solena’s and Rundan’s point of view which increased the anticipation in the life threatening situations (you’ll be happy to know there’s more than one), it added to the excitement and made the reading more enjoyable. I loved the details Lena provides for both Solena and Rundan’s characters, she made it impossible not to love them both.
The description of the essence in the Votif (you need to read the story to understand this) and the protection and prayers the characters give to them are intense, like holding your soul in the palm of your hands makes for an enjoyable read.
I would love to read a sequel to this Novella and read about their lives, love and careers in the future.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on July 16, 2013 :
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 Goldinch 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!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on July 14, 2013 :
I received this book as a read for review.This is a great short story about a souls journey and love.
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.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
THG StarDragon Publishing
on July 13, 2013 :
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.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Jan. 13, 2013 :
Short, Sweet and Beautiful...
The Language of Souls is a YA Fantasy Romance Novella written by Lena Goldfinch.
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 was 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!
NOTE:: I read this as a R2R with We ♥ YA Books! with Goodreads. As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.
(reviewed 47 days after purchase)
on Dec. 26, 2012 :
I would like to thank the author for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Language of Souls is a short novella romance. Solena is a healer in the land of Torrani. Her grandfather is sick with a cough that requires a plant called tymia for him to get better. So she decides to take the risky, dangerous journey to the land of Oden by herself. Oden is known for its capturing and killing of any intruders. When she gets there she is captured by Rundan, who just happens to be the son of the commander. He orders Rundan to take her to the palace, most likely to be executed. On this journey Rundan and Solena become closer, despite the language barrier and her mistrust in him. Through an attempted kidnapping, and a daring rescue, they are brought closer together and fall in love. And they discover they can both speak the ancient language, so they can now communicate and learn things about each other.
My favorite part of this story was the selfless sacrifice that Solena makes for Rundan while he is deathly injured and she is working on healing him. It was very beautiful. This is what starts to change the direction of their feelings for each other. What I did not like about this story is the almost instant love. It wasn't love at first sight, but it was pretty close. I just wish they had more time to get to know each other before they were confessing love. I also did not like the eye for an eye attitude of the law. She is a healer, but everyone she helps is supposed to repay her, even though she wants to give freely?? Not a concept I am accepting of.
As a short story this was well written, and I would recommend as a really quick read. I do wish the story was stretched out, though, to make some of the love more believable.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
on Dec. 19, 2012 :
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.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Dec. 18, 2012 :
For this to be a novella it sure delivered a wallop! Goldfinch did a better job with world building, character building, and plot than most 300+ page books I've read. Her writing was fantastic, the plot was interesting, and the characters were relatable. Even the language barrier between main characters was written perfectly.
Solena was such an interesting character. She was so strong and brave and knew exactly what she needed to do and set out to accomplish just that. Rundan was a great character as well. His struggles with his relationship with his father was definitely relatable.
The love story part of it was a tad unbelievable, but then again I've never experienced something like what Solena and Rundan went through so it's hard for me to say it would be impossible to fall in love so quickly.
I loved the world of Language of Souls. The explanation of the cultures and their heritage was fascinating. Again, I'm so impressed that Goldfinch did such a great job building this world in such a short novella.
Basically, this novella was fantastic and you should definitely give it a go. Short, easy, and interesting read!
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
on Dec. 06, 2012 :
The cover of the book is pretty cool. Simple, but still stunning, though it may be a little confusing. I am one of those people who wants the cover to fit with the story, and personally, I can't understand how a "flying" girl are related to the novella I've been reading for the last days.
Solena is a newly named healer from the prophet, her grand-father. She has dreamed about this her entire life, but because of the customstances, this was not the time to celebrate. Her father, famous in their city, is slowly dying. He has dangerous coughing fits, and if someone doesn't get him a rare herb, he will eventually die. Sadly the process of finding this herb is long and hard. Therefore, no one except Solena are willing to save him. She has to travel to the territory of their enemies, which is the only known place the herbs are growing.
While she's travelling, she's captured by the young soldier Rundan, who brings her to their lair. He seeks his father's advice, and the anwer is to him surprising. He does not want to let that happen. Still, it is his father's word against his, and he does not want to let his father down. Solena and Rundan starts their "journey" to a palace together, but challenges makes it harder than Rundan would've imagined.
I has never been a great fan of novellas and were actually quite disseapointed when I saw that there were no more than 76 pages or so. As I've already said, this book was something I read because I got the chance to during a "challenge" or whatever I am supposed to call it. To be honest, I would probably never have read this, if it wasn't for the "challenge." Not because it wasn't good, but simply because it's not famous at all, and I usually ends up reading more famous books. Still - I think I am pretty glad I read it after all. It was worth it.
The author's writing style were nice, though there were some expressions (etc.) that I did not understand. But this is perhaps because English is not my first language. The plot could sometimes be a little confusing, and I didn't like the fact that they did not understand each other at first.I understand why they didn't, but I don't think it was necessary for the story to be like that.
Now, let's say something about the characters. Well, we doesn't get to meet many characters during the story, and we only read a little more than two pages about two of them. Rundan and Solena. I am not going to criticize any names, because everyone has different taste. But on the other hand, I cannot say that I feel like I got to know the characters very well. Sure I understood that Solena was realy nice, caring and in Rundans eyes a completely perfect person, and that Rundan was a wise person who wants to make his fether proud in his own way. Still I feel like most of the story focused on their love - and this is not why I wanted to read the novella. That way I was sort of disseapointed. I really wanted to get some "contact" with the characters, but this never really happened.I honestly don't know what else to say about them - I didn't really like either of them.
So, The Language of Souls was worth a read for me, but I was not as blown away as I hoped I would. I'd rather recommend this novella for those who like reading about someone's relationship instead of something with action. Maybe they'll like it better than I did.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)