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The Language of Souls

The Language of Souls

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by Lena Goldfinch

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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, Solena discovers just how much she's risked.

As a soldier, Rundan struggles to please his father, a


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, Solena 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.

"...fantasy with a side of sigh-worthy romance." --The Fiction Enthusiast

"The perfect tiny romantic escape." - Tales of Whimsy


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Meet the Author

LENA GOLDFINCH writes romance and romantic fantasy for adults and teens. She's a sucker for a good old-fashioned romance, whether it's a novel, novella, or short story, young adult or adult, fantasy or realistic, contemporary or historical.

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THE UNEXPECTED BRIDE - Ocotber 6, 2014
HAUNTING MELODY (HAUNTING JOY, Part 2) - December 2014

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" original fantasy world inhabited by superstitious tribal nations and intriguingly developed characters." SERENA CHASE, USA Today HEA

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The Language of Souls 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
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!
amehana More than 1 year ago
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.
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
Short, Sweet and Beautiful... The Language of Souls is a YA Fantasy Romance Novella written by Lena Goldfinch. The Review:  This incredibly sweet and romantic tale is about seventy or so pages long 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.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
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.
Lily_F More than 1 year ago
Review originally featured on the Bookluvrs Haven blog. 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.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
“The Language of Souls” is a comfortably short and refreshingly clean romance with enough suspense and adventure to make you want to continue reading. The course of Solena's life seems set. She will care for her grandfather, an important prophet and wise man in Torrani, and she will, in time, become a gifted healer, but first she must find the rare and very necessary Tymia herb to cure her grandfather's deadly cough. A trip into the mountainous country of Oden exposes her to peril and adventure, and might change the course of her life.  Exactly the right length to captivate and hold the reader's attention, this book is the perfect read to relax with. The author manages to fit a remarkable amount of world building and description into such a short novel without ever giving the impression of over-describing. Although Solena is a bit too much of a damsel in distress kind of heroine for my personal taste, she does have a well-defined character. She also has a mind of her own and definitely gets things done in her quiet, feminine way.  Rundan, the hero of this tale, is in two minds and has to choose between his father and Solena. Although he is a soldier, he is a gentle, scholarly soul and the perfect match for someone like Solena. This is the kind of book that one can give your twelve-year-old daughter as well as your grandmother to read. A very worthwhile and relaxing read, “The Language of Souls” is a gentle tale of romance, healing, and sacrifice. (Ellen Fritz)
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iblog4books More than 1 year ago
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.
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
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.
purpinkrose More than 1 year ago
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.
MSLoves2Read More than 1 year ago
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!
faz3345 More than 1 year ago
*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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book summary for this book said that The Language of Souls was basically going to be all about a paranormal romance and that is one of the things that drew me to this book. I am happy to say that I was not disappointed in that prospect, the entire book is about love at first sight. But that wasn't the only thing that drew me to this book, what made this book stand out the most to me was native quality to it. This book is about a group of people who live in village and live exactly like the aboriginals did before the french came to colonize them. Now that I am finished the book, I think that that was the best part of the book. However we didn't get to see as much as I would have liked to due to the fact that it was a short story. Which brings me to the fact that this book went WAY TOO FAST. I barely got to enjoy it, finishing the whole book in literally 2 hours. I would have liked for the book to be a novel vs and a short story. The book had lots of good qualities, but that was all taken away because the story didn't get to go into detail. Under normal circumstances I would have rated this a 4 out 5, but I just can't get over how fast the book went and instead of enhancing the book it too away from it so I am rating it a 3. 
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review. This short novella tells the story of romance, forbidden due to the wildly different natures of the two people's the pair come from. Solena comes from the peaceful, shore-dwelling Torrani, while Rundan comes Oden, a mountain dwelling warrior-like people. Two people whose lives would normally never cross paths, but for the love Solena holds for her grandfather. Solena is a healer by nature. And when she discovers that they have run out of the special herb necessary to keep her grandfather alive she becomes determined to undertake a quest to get those herbs or die trying. What she doesn't realize is just how close to the dying part she will actually come. Solena coerces a friend to allowing her to climb the dangerous cliffs above their village, and once at the top she tells him of her plan, knowing it is too late for him to stop her. So while he heads home with his supplies, she heads off on her journey to save the life of her beloved grandfather. Along her was Solena has the misfortune to be captured by an Odenian soldier - a people whose hatred of the Torrani is vast and unending. And just her luck, she is captured by the Army Master's son Rundan. Luckily for her, Rundan is not like his people. On their journey back to the Oden capital, where Solena will be cruelly killed, several different things befall the pair. Things that make them each see the other in a different light. And by the sharing of souls they learn to love one another. But how will their love survive in Oden? A sweet novella that packs a fair amount into few pages, yet doesn't tell the reader everything, leaving enough mystery to be discovered along the way. The world building is a bit on the weak side, but that doesn't hurt the story as it just borrows from our existing physical world. Luckily the characters are endearing and interesting, keeping the reader attached to the story through to the very end.
princess_sara More than 1 year ago
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.