Friday, October 9, 2015

The Sunken Realm by Serena Chase

About the Book:

She is an outcast among knights
Her reputation in ruins, her knighthood revoked, and her future bleak, Erielle de Gladiel would have welcomed death as her due. Captured by pirates, she was beaten, whipped, branded a thief—and worse—and then set adrift to die. She did not expect—or even want—to be rescued. Especially not by the dashing blasted pirate now calling himself her husband.

He is the King of Pirates
His oath satisfied and his Legacy secured, Cazien vows vengeance on all who harmed Erielle. But before he can hunt them down, a strange visitor appears with an urgent message—a message that aligns with prophecy Erielle has written in her sleep: The Seahorse Pirates must reach Nirista before the famed Tournament of the Twelve . . . or hundreds of stolen children will die.

Together, they are relentless
With the fate of many resting upon them, Cazien and Erielle sail to Nirista. Once there, they are forced to follow separate paths to achieve their aims. Treacheries are uncovered and allies are gained, but in the shadows, a hidden foe plots a grievous betrayal that could shatter not only their hope, but the Seahorse Legacy itself.

The epic conclusion of this series-within-a series, The Sunken Realm sweeps Erielle and Cazien along a pulse-pounding voyage to discover all they are meant to become, together. Giving subtle nods to several fairy tales, including an unexpected twist to the story of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, this romantic YA pirate adventure is the final novel in the Eyes of E’veria series . . . but the Seahorse Pirates and their friends in E’veria may yet have stories to tell.

My Thoughts:

Allow me a moment to gather my thoughts......all right.  I believe I'm ready now.....

Oh, the FEELS!!  I fell cover over pages in love with the "Eyes of E'veria" when I read "The Ryn" and met the mighty Bear-men of Mynissbyr and spent time with the Storytellers of Veetri.  Rose, aka the Ryn, captured my heart and the fantastical world took hold in my imagination, and I had so.  much.  fun.  reading.

I immediately dug in with "The Remedy", the second novel and conclusion to the first half of the series.  It was OH, so good as well!  While I had my copy of "The Seahorse Legacy" locked and loaded on my Kindle, I held off until just before the release date for the final book was announced.

And waited.  And waited.  And bugged Serena.  And waited....

After months of waiting, I snagged an e-copy of "The Sunken Realm", Serena Chase's epic conclusion to this mind-blowing tale of knights, pirates, royals and those who follow after The First.  And, oh, was it worth the wait!

Cazien is prince and keeper of the Seahorse Legacy, but he isn't solely responsible for fulfilling the long ago made prophecy.  Oh, no.  Thanks to his ancestor and the Oracle Anya, he's been betrothed to a young maiden with the heart of a warrior, Erielle, sister to the now crown prince of E'veria and first female knight to the kingdom.

Problem is, she doesn't know.  He has yet to inform her.  He himself is biding his time as a free and easy pirate, and thus our story ensues.  Beloved favorite characters all return for this epic adventure: Sir Gladiel, Rowlan, and the royal house of E'veria, as well as beloved Andoven Dyfnel and many others we've met along the way.

This is so much more than just fiction.  Prepare for your emotions to be torn and to come face to face with evidence of God's love and provision as you read these pages.  Epic sea adventures abound with lots of exciting action, and I do love me a good pirate tale, but my love for these books goes much deeper.

This is lightning in a bottle, and I plan on purchasing a physical set of novels for my treasured book shelf. I will cry when I am finished, and I know I'll always want more. Just knowing I can return to the magical lands Serena has carefully crafted makes my heart smile.

When I place these novels with LOTR and Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, it's no exaggeration that this quartet hits that level of epicness. This sweeping tale is so real, I not only want to go there, I feel like I AM there! I want to know people of this caliber in my real life and to surround myself with them. I love these fictional beings both for their strengths and for their weaknesses.

I've already told you more than I probably should about the story.  And I want to share even more, but "too much knowledge rather spoils an adventure".  Just trust me when I tell you that, "with all that I am and for all of my life", I will treasure this quartet of stories, and be a frequent visitor both to E'veria and to "Eachan Isle".

All four books: The Ryn, The Remedy, The Seahorse Legacy and The Sunken Realm are available from Amazon in e-format, and the first three are available in paperback now.  I plan on owning both!Take my advice and embark on a journey that will leave you changed for the better, and dreaming of pirates, Bear-men knights and The First.

Highly recommended, Best Fantasy Fiction of 2015, and Golden Bookmark Award for Excellence.  Ahoy, and godspeed.

Happy Reading!



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1 comment:

Serena Chase said...

Thanks so much for the lovely review, Deena!♡