I received this book from Titan Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.
No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul.
To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost. As she tries to balance her loyalty to her people, her crew, and the desires of her heart, Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her.
‣ POV: 1st person, Amora
‣ Summary in Emojis: 🌊🤐🧜🖤🗡️
‣ Trigger and Content Warnings: death, physical and emotional abuse, sexual assual (mentioned), gore, violence
Well I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first. It lost a bit of the fun that made me love the first book so much, and Amora became so much more annoying in this one. Any character development she accomplished in All the Stars and Teeth just disappeared. She refused to trust anyone, I think mainly to keep the plot going, and she refused to let anyone know what she was thinking. Which led to mistakes. Constant mistakes. I just found it a bit unbelievable and aggravating. She also went back and forth SO MUCH. I am the Queen, you must obey me! And then a moment later, Visidia deserves better. I do not deserve to be their Queen. Aaargh. It was just so frustrating.
Also the romance that I wasn’t keen on in the first book became even more annoying in this one. The issues that cropped up between them were just blown out of proportion, it just dragged it all out. I wanted more adorable couple times and I just could not understand why Amora was so intent on staying at odds with Bastian, often for no reason at all.
Also pirates! High seas adventure! All the stuff I was initially drawn to in the first book, they just weren’t as prevalent in this one. It was a lot more about Amora consolidating her power and trying to forge new alliances to help the islands recover from the events of book one. If you enjoy that kind of thing you’ll love this, but I just wasn’t as interested in the politics as I was by the journeys at sea.
What I did like though was how simple and easy-to-read Adalyn Grace’s writing is. Also the last 20% was very emotional and really got to me. I genuinely choked up at certain events, and I actually really liked how it all ended and how everything was wrapped up nicely.
To sum it up, this book had more politics than the seafaring adventure I loved in book one but there was still enough that I enjoyed it. Just not as much as All the Stars and Teeth. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for Adalyn Grace’s next novel though!