- File Size: 4287 KB
- Print Length: 259 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (December 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0787GYZCT
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,560 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I received a free copy from NineStar Press in exchange for a fair and honest review. I want to give it ALL THE STARS.
It had dragons AND pirates!
I was hooked from the first page watching in close third person as Aela engaged in a classic pirate battle and after a sweeping victory, was sold out to a king of a cold, snowy mountain nation.
Instead of forcing the reader to keep track of way too many characters, Ross alternated between three whose actions were closely intertwined, making the plot easy to follow and allowing me bond with and root for all three of them without being a strung along by some other random person’s story.
While a little predictable, the plot was full of fun twists and turns, all narrated by three very distinct voices, though my favorite is definitely Aela’s. The descriptions were detailed but not overdone, and little details, butter tea and spear guns, really brought the world to life.
The end wrapped up the plot’s important threads, but I really really hope there is a sequel because this book was so fun to read.
Aela Crane is a corsair...and something more. Brynne is a common dock wench mysteriously chosen to be the wife of the crown prince. Del is a soldier...and something more. Together, they will solve the mystery of their home and fight the dangers of their island. Unless something gets to them first.
An intriguing fantasy set-up in a generic fantasy world of and island of ice, snow and rocks, where the previous inhabitants of the island mysteriously vanished before the coming of Del and Brynne's people generations before. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the sexuality of the world seems fairly fluid, with no one batting an eye to same-sex husbands or wives, and also that one of the main characters has a physical disability and another is plump.
Aside from those things that I liked, it really was pretty standard in fantasy stories, and could have benefited with some heavier editing (which I am certain will be resolved in the final copy) to smooth out some confusing sentences and plot flow. Overall it's a quick, entertaining read and I enjoyed it.
I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
I don't want to say a lot about the plot because I feel like it would give away the story and the summary for the book is kind of vague on purpose for that reason. It was definitely a fun fantasy story, although I feel like the POV was a bit unbalanced. I definitely felt like we didn't get as much of Brynne's POV than the other two, although it did pick up at the end. I guess my main problem with this was that I felt like the build up for the plot took too long and then everything wrapped up very quickly at the end. I understand that the author had to take time to weave all three of the stories together for the big finale but it still felt like it dragged a bit in the middle. It was still overall enjoyable though and I would definitely recommend it for someone who is looking for a good F/F fantasy read.
It's really hard to describe this book without spoiling too much (I believe even the summary gives away a lot) but what I can say is that I was never once bored while reading this story. I was never left with unanswered questions (okay maybe one but that was on purpose) or loose ends. It's just a really well written book overall, especially for a debut author! I think I liked it so much I have a hard time pinpointing exactly which parts made me love it, it was just a great experience getting into this world and these characters' stories.
The only reason I knocked down one star is for the first half of the book, which in my opinion stretched out a little. Not much was actually happening besides Aela and Del going and going through caves and woods and more caves. I feel like that part could've been shorter and we could have been given some more info on Aela and Brynne's history.
One thing that I think could have improved the book immensely would be learning more about the certain culture/myths throughout the book. Del tells us some things but they're just mere mentions of stories he read about. It does seem like the book leaves that as something to be explored in a (potential) sequel, so I'm going to hope we do get one cause I'm really curious about it all now.