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This story is set on a Jane Austen-esque time period, where women were supposed to behave as ladies, men were supposed to be gentlemen and scandal was likely to destroy a girl's reputation in a second. The author managed to create beautiful dialogue and characters reminiscence of the era. This could be a book written a century ago and I wouldn't know.
Elinor's powers manifest out of the blue, changing not only who she is but how people see her, specially her father. Living in a time where women had little to say and had to obey, she rebels and joins the Navy. Trying to act as a strong woman to fit in her new environment, she gets overwhelmed with all the things she didn't think and know before. Sometimes she seems to be arrogant, but she learns her lesson well, she has to live with the consequences of her decisions.
On board of the Athena, we meet Captain Miles Ramsay, and a couple of enjoyable characters that slowly become Elinor's friends or enemies. Ramsay portrays the perfect gentleman, and his slowly growing friendship with Elinor is lovely. I would've loved more time between Elinor and the Captain, I enjoyed their conversations and interactions, and this book left me wanting more, things happen kind of fast at the end.
Elinor discovers on this ship a true home, this is a lovely story about fighting fear, gathering your strength to find who you really are and standing up for what you believe.
Plot summary is accurate, its a paranormal regency romance but with lots of adventure and magic - and a nearly perfect balance of all, in fact
Overall, I found the story engrossing. I may have been nice to have a bit more romance between the two leads in this story, but the resolution was still nice and did make sense given the setting in the navy. I look forward to the next installment regarding the "Seer," which based on the description might have a touch more romance.
The book summary is spot-on, so I’m not going to address the plot here. Basically, the first part of the book involves Elinor trying to figure out how to inhabit a very unusual role for a woman, as a member of the Royal Navy. That part of the book is a bit slow-moving, as Elinor learns about shipboard life and tries to establish relationships with her crewmates. Even after the ship arrives in the Caribbean, Elinor is still trying to figure out what her role is supposed to be, since the Navy doesn’t quite seem to know how to use her skills, either.
When the ship moves to engage the pirates, that’s when the action really takes off. From that point until the end of the book, the plot moves forward quickly, through various battles with their enemies. The author doesn’t sugarcoat the horrors of battle or being able to set your opponents on fire, either.
Very late in the novel, the slow-burn romance that’s been building through the entire narrative finally comes to the forefront in a very dramatic way. I liked how the author built to that point and found the resolution of that part of the story very satisfying.
The ending leaves it open for another book featuring Elinor’s adventures. But I'd be happy to read any book set in this alternate version of our world, because I found the system of magical talents described here very intriguing. So, when the next book comes out, I’ll be reading!
An eARC of this novel was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.