As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer – the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.
Amara kind of reminds me of a lot of ya female protagonists. She has the best intentions in terms of her commitment to Visidia, but she is definitely naïve and unrelatable. She been obviously blinded to the tribulations the different islands are currently going through but she is determined to learn as much as possible about what is happening outside of her bubble. She acknowledges how ignorant she has been and proves herself in my eyes through her actions throughout the course of the storyline.
Bastian is one of those mysterious broody male protagonists I enjoy oh so much. His humour added a nice reprieve with how heavy this book is and I loved the banter between him, Amara and Ferrick it was very entertaining. In terms of his actual character and background it was a little predictable how connected was to the main conflict. But he did end up being honest with Amara and explaining his actions which I appreciated.
Ferrick and Vataea were wonderful additions to the storyline. The faux love triangle added edge and a touch of awkwardness that I enjoy and Vataea was like a breath of fresh air in the plot. Having another female (who happened to be a mermaid) who was so integral in their plans to save the kingdom and the whole burden wasn’t just on Amara was a nice touch.
I loved the magic system in this book and the way it was explained throughout the course of the book. It wasn’t info dumpy at all and I was able to envision the magic and the rules surrounding it. The prose as a whole I found very descripting and weaved the story in a way that kept me attention the whole time and made me attached to these characters. There was a steady build of anticipation throughout and we were just hit with twist after twist that not only surprised me but made sense and drove the plot forward.
⭐️4/5 Pirates, mermaids, action, adventure, 100% recommend!