Title: These revel waves.
Author: Sara Raasch.
Publisher: Balzer + Bray.
Page count: 474 (11h 40min).
Release day: August 7th 2018.
Genre: YA, fantasy.
Rating: 4 stars.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago,
she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor,
Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been
easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s
new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more
dangerous is at work.
Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.
Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.
As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.
I was really excited when I found out that Sara Raasch was writing another series, since I absolutely loved her snow like ashes series when I read that 3 years ago!
The start was a bit confusing to me, but I always have that with an audiobook that has multiple POV’s. Takes me a bit of time to figure out who is who.
I liked the characters, but I was definitely a bigger fan of Vex and Lu’s story compared to Ben’s story. I did started to like him way more near the end. And I think That will definitely continue in the sequel! I was so intrigued by Vex and Lu’s backstory. Especially because every time we only got these small snippets, and I wanted to know more! And in the end I was shocked, especially by Lu’s story!
The world in this book was so interesting! And so well explained, that I could see in in front of me. Also all the political intrigue was really interesting and really well explained, without throwing it all at you.
The magic in this world was really original, since it was based on plants instead of magic based in people. It felt a bit like alchemy to me haha, since they mix and boil etc. I hope it will be more present in the sequel though!
And the ending! I was shocked! I can’t wait for the sequel!
Something that took from my enjoyment, but has nothing to do with the book, is that I’m currently using an old phone, and for some reason I cannot put my audiobooks on double speed.. It’s a small thing, but I just got a bit annoyed by how slow they were talking, and how long it took me to go through the book.
I’m taking a star because most of the book I was not a huge fan of Ben and I wanted to see more of the magic!