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Sea of Strangers (The Ryogan Chronicles Book 2) Kindle Edition
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"The incredible worldbuilding of the first installment continues with this novel, and the characters become ever more lovable and one can't help but root for them and their success." -Leah, Small Queer, Big Opinions
"Would be really stupid to not read the third installment since I've come this far." -Shelley, Gizmo's Reviews
"[R]eaders of the genre will really enjoy this addition to this fantasy series by Erica Cameron, which presents a sprawling, diverse world with complex issues and a wealth of magical power. Readers will be ensnared by the scope of the world Cameron is creating, but also by the depth of the characters, and the humanity behind their struggles." -Alanna, One Page at a Time
"I previously read and reviewed Island Of Exiles and loved it, so I had high hopes for this one. And it did not disappoint." -Amber Rose, Rose Reviews
"The entire world and the world building is seriously some of the best I've seen out of dystopian/fantasy books." -Lacy, A Ravenclaw Library
"This rare gem of a book has a lot to offer readers, including magic, action, and intrigue on the edge of a knife." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Island of Exiles
"Harrowing and heartfelt...Crackles with harsh magic and gripping suspense." --A.R. Kahler, author of The Immortal Circus series, on Island of Exiles
"A remarkable achievement: a fantasy world so richly imagined, so finely detailed, and so strikingly original, even the most incredible elements feel totally real." --Joshua David Bellin, author of the Survival Colony series, on Island of Exiles
"I was consumed by the savage mysteries of Cameron's harsh and haunting fantasy world. A story of love and loss as searing as the desert heat." --Diana Peterfreund, author of For Darkness Shows the Stars, on Island of Exiles
"A beautifully wrought fantasy filled with magic, rebellion, and romance, plus a strong, butt-kicking heroine to root for!" --Lea Nolan, USA Today Bestselling author of Conjure, Allure, and Illusion, on Island of Exiles
"Everything I've been looking for in a fantasy--powerful characters, magical powers that make me itch with envy, and a spoken language that is as intrinsic to the story as it is beautiful." --Amber Lough, author of The Fire Wish and The Blind Wish, on Island of Exiles
"Imaginative, bold, and as electrifying as a Shiara storm." --Lori Lee, author of Gates of Thread and Stone and The Infinite, on Island of Exiles
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- ASIN : B071VJF92S
- Publisher : Entangled: Teen (December 5, 2017)
- Publication date : December 5, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3710 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 384 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,876,000 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Khya and her friends and allies have fled Shiara to travel to Ryogan, the home of Varan and the other immortals who once ruled Khya’s life. To save her brother, Khya needs to kill Varan. Which is kind of difficult given that he’s, you know, immortal. But Khya hopes that the secret of his immortality lies somewhere in the mountains of Ryogan, a country unlike anything she’s known. If she can find the secrets of immortality, maybe she can find some way (or weapon) with which she can defeat Varan and save not only her brother but all of Shiara and Ryogan.
As with Island of Exiles, a big draw of Sea of Strangers is the sexual and gender diversity. Khya’s society has a third gender, ebet, and recognizes that asexual people exist. In my review of the first book, I wondered if ebet was something that was assigned at birth to certain individuals (maybe intersex people?) and there’s enough material in Sea of Strangers to suggest this is true. Back on the subject of sexual orientation, Khya’s attracted to multiple genders (so either bi or pan), and there’s actually a female love interest introduced in Sea of Strangers. It’s not a love triangle in the traditional sense — Khya’s relationship with Tessan is still the most prominent. Rather, it’s opening the way for a polyamorous relationship somewhere down the line. Also, I think Tessan’s demisexual? There’s a section where he was talking about his attraction to Khya, and it screamed “demi” to me. Given that the author’s ace, I’d guess I’m on the right track.
I continue to enjoy the world building in this series. Moving the narrative to Ryogan expands the world in a nice way, and it actually gives an even clearer picture of the society Khya grew up in, just from the contrast. Plus, Sea of Strangers gives some nice new twists to the magic of the series and how it’s treated in Ryogan. There was a visit to a prison for mages that I found a lot of fun.
Unfortunately, I think Sea of Strangers suffers from some middle-book slump. Khya and her allies are traveling around, trying to find a weapon to kill Varan, the big bad, with. I sort of felt like the narrative was trying to kill time until the big show down in the next book. Sea of Strangers exists to bridge the gap between the high-powered introduction and what’s promising to be a wonderful finale in the third book. By contrast, it looses some of its urgency and drive.
Sea of Strangers also contains some flaws I noticed with the first book. I still hate the abundant use of conlang, which at times feels unnecessary. Additionally, I think characterization could be stronger and more compelling. Khya’s the most developed character, and even she doesn’t leap off the page and into my heart. I know, that’s very vague and unspecific! It’s just that some characters have this special quality, you know? Khya doesn’t really have it, although there’s nothing specifically objectionable about her. I had more trouble with the supporting characters, who I thought could be more developed. I’d like to see more of Tessan beyond his relationship with Khya, and I could have trouble keeping track of some of the more minor characters.
For all that, I’ll probably read the conclusion. While Sea of Strangers didn’t quite live up to its predecessor, it did manage to stoke my anticipation for the third and final book.
I received an ARC in exchange for a free and honest review.
Sea of Strangers starts up exactly where Island of Exiles left off, but I realized immediately that it had been too long since I had read the first book. The names are unusual names, and there are so many characters, both from the first book and new ones, that I had trouble remembering who was who. This problem only got worse as the book went on, especially because I didn't feel connected to the characters like I had in the first book. Other than Khya, I felt that because there were so many characters, most of them were along for the ride, and I never really felt close to any of them. Even Tessen, her main love interest, seemed to be in the shadows for much of the book.
That brings me to plot. There wasn't one. I suppose 'traveling through the mountains looking for a solution to their problem' could be construed as a plot, but that is seriously all they did. Travel. It seemed to all be leading up to something, but then the book ended. For a book that was as long as this one (nearly 400 pages), I had expected a lot more, and I found myself trudging through the pages (similar to the characters, since that is basically all they did), waiting for something noteworthy to happen.
My last note will be in reference to diversity. This is something that marketing has talked a lot about in reference to Sea of Strangers. I loved how diverse it is, but I felt it was handled better in Island of Exiles. There was a lot of diversity in the first book, but not in a 'look at me' kind of way. It was subtle, which made it way more powerful. I felt that Sea of Strangers steered away from that, and every other page was 'look at how diverse we are!'
To summarize, if you want a trilogy where you will love every book, this may not be right for you (though many will disagree with my review, so you shouldn't take my word for it). I encourage you to read the first book, Island of Exiles, because it really is that amazing, and you can make your decision from there. I may have been expecting too much because of how much I loved the first book, and ended up disappointed with this one. I am giving it 3 out of 5 stars.