Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice.
She will reign.
As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer — the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.
When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.
But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder — and more peril — than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.
I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.
“It’s not too late for us; we are not the mistakes of our family.”
I really enjoyed this one! It has pirates, magic, mermaids, everything a girl could want in a book!
The magic system was really cool and really well developed. I would have enjoyed learning a bit more about each of the types of magic through the story itself though, rather than just the explanation pages at the beginning. Even still, I really liked it. It's a unique idea and well executed.
Bastian was amazing! It’s hard not to love a hardcore pirate who’s actually a giant teddy bear with a tragic backstory. His ties to his ship and his relationship with the others is just so wholesome and entertaining.
Amora was well developed and easy to like. Her pain and struggles were realistic and very relatable. She's a badass who questions herself, and it's easy to root for her.
Holy slow burn though. Delicious and frustrating, I need more of this relationship immediately please!
The plot was really interesting too. Political intrigue, some mythological background, dangerous creatures, forbidden magic, mysterious enemies. There was never really a boring moment and the plot twists thrown in along the way made the story engaging.
Diversity! This book had so much diversity and I LOVED it. The islands of Visidia are obviously very different, and Adalyn did a fantastic job of making the people different and making them refelct the islands they live on. It was amazing to see characters who weren't all exactly like each other.
I devoured this book and I'm very excited for the sequel to release on February 2nd!
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