I was unsure about this one, but I wanted to know how it ended so I got myself an ARC.
This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley & Titan Books in return for an honest review. Thank you!
All the Tides of Fate (All the Teeth and Stars #2)
by Adalyn Grace
Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.
No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul.
To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost. As she tries to balance her loyalty to her people, her crew, and the desires of her heart, Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her.
- Set at sea
After reading the first book in the series I was unsure if I wanted to continue or not. I wasn’t blown away by the first book but I didn’t hate it either. However, I did want to know how it ended. I shouldn’t have bothered. This suffered from a trope I very much dislike – the sudden loss of trust in your friends because you lost someone you loved… but your friends are there wanting to help and you don’t accept it.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad book. I just don’t like that trope.
The story takes place 6 months (2 seasons) after the first book ends. The plot takes a logical turn from book 1 but it’s short-sighted and not as wild as I hoped for. This hope book felt sorter than the first book, but maybe that was just the fast pace of it all. I don’t know.
I wasn’t entirely sold by the “villain” in this book though. I know her goal throughout the book is to break the curse but there isn’t a direct villain. I think part of it is herself. She is sort of her own villain sort of.
The isn’t much needed as most of the world-building is done it book 1. However, some new aspects are introduced and we see more of the islands and their individuality. It was not a heavy worldbuilding just bits and pieces. It’s nice to get some more space to investigate, to widen the existing space in the story.
With the new laws, the man character invokes the magics become more intricate and complex. Now people can mix magic and it shows. There is an added level of wonder to it.
The book is told for one perspective, Amora the queen. She is resilient but suffers from PDST from the last book. Amora annoyed me. There I said it. I get that she questions herself and her friends but having the same internal dialogue in ever chapter gets tiering and I get frustrated. But maybe that’s just me. Also, this book is filled with the classic YA trope of having lost someone dear and therefore lose the trust in everyone else just in case you lose them too. I don’t like this trope at all. And I like it even less now.
I did wish we could get some more interaction with the supporting characters. I felt they were a bit left to themselves and I really liked the face shifter.
a little on the side in a positive way.
The writing isn’t exceptional but it’s ok. There is nothing wrong with it. There are certain descriptions I don’t agree with and doesn’t make any sense but I’m sure it makes sense to others.
It’s an ok sequel. A fair ending to a series. It’s an easy and quick read. If anything else comes out related to this series I won’t pick it up, I’ve had enough.
Have you read this? What did you think?