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A Sea Of Sorrow And Scorn (The Levanthria Series Book 2)

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I cannot wait for the next book in the Levanthria series, and I am intrigued to see if/ when we may see reappearances of characters from previous books. Don’t get me wrong, not everything is terrible about this book, that might be one of the most frustrating things about reading these, there is so much potential.

I am not familiar with the story of Blackbeard, but I'm assuming this is a prequel; how Blackbeard came about. This sequel follows two main characters: Zerina, a young woman who is on the run for possessing illegal magical abilities, and Ulrik, a sailor who must protect his young sister, Esara, after their mother is murdered for her magical powers. What's the story about: A Sea of Sorrow and Scorn tells the next story of Levanthria from a differing groups of characters than the first book.But after witnessing her siblings' cruel deaths, she unleashes her powers for the first time and makes her escape. The pacing was a bit different from what I usually read but I felt like it got straight to the point without a ton of unnecessary details. However, there are some pacing issues for me and I really wish I’d gotten to see more of Esara and her mind space. This book and me on the edge of my seat till the very last word and (*spoiler-ish*) That ending, I was not ready for.

The story revolves around two characters who initially have separate stories but eventually come together. I loved the all the characters in this story and the attention to detail had me feeling like I was actually watching the events unfold. Zerina learns the limits of her magical power, even though many would consider her an outcast because of her abilities. The world is interesting - there is so much potential - but the writing style makes it difficult to continue the series. Night after night, he would sit beside their beds, weaving magical tales that would light up the face of his youngest daughter.

Most of this reads like a first draft, what with the spelling mistakes and character development and pace.

A horse that 'bucks' twice in fifty pages without unseating its novice rider, and eats nothing but apples. The premise for this book was so promising, and I was really hoping for strong, powerful female characters. Again, my complaint of the book is that it too short and pretty much everything could be expanded on, events, the characters, world building. From the first moment you are gripped and invested by all the characters and relationships created by Beswick. This is the second book set in these lands and although not directly linked to AFOVAV I would recommend reading that one first due to some character mention overlaps and the scene is set in the first one.Instead, we have another group of characters who were unlikeable or at best characters I was indifferent to. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. From intricacies of plotting and scene-setting to character development, Beswick expanded his skill set as he poured his heart into the pages. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I feel the execution of the series needs to be ironed out but I have enough incentive to continue with the series.

Some of them had nice interactions on the (very short, page count-wise) sailing section and then we get to the end and watch half of them get slaughtered in an attack and I couldn't even tell you their names. Loved that is related to the first book even though it was a very different story and even had an overlapping character.My major complaint with the first was there were too many almost identical fight scenes, but this book was much better paced with the fighting and the enemies. I tried to give this second book a chance after listening to the first one but I found myself genuinely uninterested in finishing it.

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