My rating: 4 of 5 Stars
How I Got It: eBook
Publication Date: April 2017
Publisher: Alisha Klapheke
Point of View: 1st Person Heroine
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
I know, I know, it took me a long time to read this one . . . but don't let that lead you to think I didn't love it! Life has simply not been kind to my reading schedule lately. I finally had a chance to sit down and finish this one today and, WOW! This debut author is ready to make a splash!
WHAT I LOVED
Kinneret was such a great heroine. I really enjoyed that her love for her little sister tended to be a much stronger motivation to her than her love for the hero, Calev. Don't get me wrong! Calev was a great, noble hero, and their bond was very endearing. But that sister-bond was what ultimately drove the story, even though Avi isn't physically present through much of this book.
Calev. He's got the dreamy-hero thing DOWN.
The world-building was so intriguing! The salt-magic, the wraiths, the wraith-lanterns. The caste system that holds Kinneret down proved such an interesting motivator for her actions. As I read the book, I could tell the author had given a LOT of thought to the creation of her world and this fantsy culture. It was all so atmospheric and adventurous.
Speaking of which--the adventure! Oh, my!!! There was one particularly terrifying scene with a demon of the deep sea which, if you look at it, will kill you. So the characters had to fight it blind, and somehow the NOT seeing was so much more frightening. I thought that scene was just plain brilliant (though don't take my word for it . . . Go get the book for yourself! It's only 0.99 on Kindle right now!)
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE SO MUCH
There was very little to critique in this story. Maybe a few scenes seemed to stretch on a wee bit long. Possibly there was some Special Snowflake Syndrome happening with the heroine (but, you know, that's hard to avoid in this genre!). Some of the snarky banter wore thin in places. But all of these were such minor quibbles!
Ultimately, it was just a rollicking good read. A sea epic of an older era with a likeable heroine on a meaningful quest. This author may be new, but she's definitely one to watch!
This book, along with all the books I read for May and June, is a contender for my Book of the Month giveaway! (Though technically I'm stretching a point by pushing two months together. They are two BUSY months, so I just can't quite fit as many reads in as usual . . . sorry!) So if you are interested in winning this book or another great one like it, sign up for my mailing! All mailing list subscribers will have a chance to win!