Tears of the Mountain (The Mountain Trilogy, Book 3)
Michelle Isenhoff, Author
Amazon Digital Services, Fiction, Dec. 2, 2018
Suitable for Ages: 13 and up (adults will enjoy)
Themes: Ancient land, War, Journey, Prophecy, Fantasy
Synopsis: A simple act of obedience has the power to change the world.
Jubal wants only to live in peace, but ancient feuds from neighboring kingdoms steal away any hope of tranquility. He is a son of the grand vizier when he would rather be a hermit living high in the mountains playing his flute. Jubal is expected to be part of the Kindolin army, but he doesn’t like battle, unlike his best friend Sark. He would rather study with his wise tutor, Doli, about Kindolin’s unknown history.
On the day of the annual Sun Festival, a well-planned coup erupts from within the palace walls and Jubal’s family is slaughtered along with many others. War erupts in Kindolin and Sark’s father is involved in the coup. Jubal and Liena go to Doli’s home, where the wise man helps him flee to the mountains. Doli tells Jubal he “has been given a calling and it his destiny to play out a role on a divine stage.” It is a prophecy where Jubal will end a curse.
“Mud and mire shall birth a tree;
A sprout shall grow of ancient seed.
The five unite to break the one;
The curse of man shall be undone.
But brothers rise ere dragon’s bane;
The last shall smite the first again.”
Jubal finds himself flung into a quest of even greater antiquity. For victory lies not in the strength of arms but in this promise given long ago. His path, fraught with betrayal, loss, and his own lack of faith, carries him far beyond the boundaries of Kindolin. Will Jubal be strong enough to lay down his own life in fulfillment of his task? Or will Kindolin disappear into the pages of history?
Why I like this book:
Isenhoff has written a captivating novel about the ancient orient. It is about a prophecy and the destiny of a boy to slay the dragon, Ju-Long, and end an ancient curse. Isenhoff’s storytelling is superb and her language is lyrical and poetic. The untamed beauty of the lush mountains setting creates both joy and challenges as the seasons change. The plot is thrilling, courageous and perilous.
The characters are fascinating and unforgettable. Jubal is the son of the vizier, where much is expected of him. He is a gentle soul who has no interest in being part of the army, bearing arms, training and learning battle strategies. He would rather study with his wise tutor, Doli, about Kindolin’s ancient beginnings. Jubal values his childhood friendships with Sark and Liena, and the three share their skills. Sark likes war and teaches Jubal and Liena martial arts. Liena shows them the forest plants that they will need to sustain them. And Jubal helps Sark with his school lessons. Liena’s destiny is intertwined with Jubal’s task and a love story emerges within the story.
Journey back to the first age of men in Isenhoff’s final installment of the Mountain Trilogy that ties Song to his family’s very earliest beginnings. There are three books in this trilogy, Song of the Mountain (free on Kindle), Fire on the Mountain and Tears of the Mountain. They can be read together, or as stand-alone novels. I have read and loved all three inspirational novels. Isenhoff includes a Prologue at the beginning, so readers have an understanding of the story. I choose to read a book in hand
Sample of Isenhoff’s lyrical style: “Under normal circumstances, music bubbled out of Jubal like water from a spring. He was forever humming or whistling or tapping his fingers to some new tune. He heard them everywhere –in the syncopation of raindrops, in the minor key of the wolf’s cry, even moonlight carried a soft melody. And when the surrounding peaks sent their breath strumming through the forest, it produced an entire symphony.”
Michelle Isenhoff is a former teacher and longtime homeschooler. She has written extensively in the children’s genre, most notably her work in historical fiction: The Ella Wood series and The Divided Decade collection. She also writes fantasy: The Recompense series and The Mountain Trilogy. She has been lauded by the education community for the literary quality of her work. These days, she writes full-time in the adult historical fiction and speculative fiction genres. Visit Michelle’s fabulous website.
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*Reviewed from a purchased copy of the book.
14 thoughts on “Tears of the Mountain by Michelle Isenhoff”
I enjoy Michelle Isenhoff’s books and it sounds like this is another winner.
I really enjoyed the series. She has so much talent and everything I read captivates me. I’m glad you’ve read her work.
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What an engaging sounding plot! The characters and world building have me hooked. I have not read anything from this author, but will take care of that little omission soon. Thanks for the review.
For some reason, I thought you knew Michelle. She used to post in MMGM. I will follow her writing anywhere because I am never disappointed. Her style is magnificent!
I’ve never read anything by this author but this world sounds so intriguing. I’m going to add it to my TBR list.
This is the final novel in the series. You can download Song of the Mountain on Kindle for free. I have followed her writing career for years and have enjoyed her beautiful works of historical fiction and her dystopian novels.
I love stories with a prophesy–and I’d never heard of this one. Thanks so much for your review!
This is a beautiful story and can be a stand alone, even though there are two previous novels in series. The first (Song of the Mountain) is free on Amazon Kindle. I have followed her for years — her work is that good. This book is pure poetry.
I haven’t read any of this author’s books and don’t read much fantasy, but this sounds good. And I think the cover is spectacular. Thanks for the review.
This is a different kind of fantasy, set back in the ancient orient — pre-China. She writes a lot historical fiction and is working on a very important book right now that is close to her heart. I have followed her for years and will continue. I am never disappointed!
I haven’t read or heard of this book before. Thanks for your detailed review. I agree with Rosi – the cover is beautiful.
Yes, it is a beautiful cover — but more important an enchanting and lyrical book. I love to study Michelle’s style. She is also known for her beautiful and well-researched historical fiction.
I have read other books by this author and really enjoyed them. This sounds like a great HF book. I will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!
I love Michelle’s writing! Have read just about everything she’s written. This book was beautiful!