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- Print Length: 520 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0999168924
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- Publication Date: July 20, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07455N7SZ
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The Breathing Sea I: Burning (The Zemnian Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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On her first journey away from her home kremlin and her mother the Tsarina, Dasha sets out to learn more about the people she'll be leading one day as well as seeking out someone who can help her make sense of and harness her uncontrollable visions and powers. Accompanied by her father, whom she has seen little of over the years, a Southern princess, one of her newly met half-sisters, and a few trusted guards, Dasha ventures out into the wider world of Zem' and finds not only new experiences awaiting her, but the opportunity to learn of and accept the fate her mother bargained with the gods about before her birth.
Spinning an adventurous and magical tale throughout a world ruled by women, the story offers opportunity to demonstrate female empowerment, as well as reflect upon the oddity of one sex having privileges and power over another. I was first quite intrigued by the inclusion of a trans character; however, the treatment of that character was rather brutal (even if it would fit the culture and time) and seemed to serve primarily as a vehicle for Dasha to face her reality. While a certain naivete is expected out of Dasha as she has spent her entire life sequestered behind royal walls and the influence of advisors, she does often behave in an incredibly childish manner that seems out of sorts with the actions a teenager would be likely to exhibit. Pulling in various Russian tales and history helps to ground the narrative with an element of reality and familiarity while building the story's world and the rules that govern it. Though this book isn't the first of the series, there's ample explanation of various events and people that may have been previously encountered to keep new readers apprised of any needed information.
Overall, I'd give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I obviously enjoyed these books and encourage reading TBS I Burning first if you happened to have stumbled on to TBS II Drowning first, you won't regret it! Its been quite sometime that a book became so vivid in my mind, with characters that I felt emotionally invested in and a storyline that was completely engaging from beginning to end! I definitely want to get my hands on the other books in the series!!