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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.
A fantasy historical romance with a wonderful plot and story that is full of action, wonderfully intelligent and witty, but more so, amazing characters and character development in especially the heroine Elinor who discovers who she is and what she is capable of, while Ramsay (Captain Miles Ramsay of the royal Navy :)) is a stalwart and solid constant throughout.
What I really admire about the author's writing is the unfolding of the character's relationship that doesn't start off terribly auspiciously. Having a lady, no matter how powerful, trust into his keeping on his ship doesn't make Ramsay terribly happy with the situation or with Elinor either. He nevertheless treats her fairly and is always honest with her. Their relationship slowly grows into a deep abiding friendship and trust. I adored how protective and chivalrous Ramsay is. There is no overt romance between them for almost the whole book but you can actually see how their feelings grow and the depth of their trust in each other. Oh yes - their conversation is so entertaining! Smart, cheeky, witty. This book has it all in spades.
The last part (the Romance! Yes!!) was beautifully written. Nothing more explicit that a kiss but wonderfully romantic. All I can say is that this is one of the best books I've read this year.