Ever since Nor was forced to go to a nearby kingdom in her sister’s place, she’s wanted nothing more than to return to the place and people she loves. But when her wish comes true, she soon finds herself cast out from both worlds, with a war on the horizon.
As an old enemy resurfaces more powerful than ever, Nor will have to keep the kingdom from falling apart with the help of Prince Talin and Nor’s twin sister, Zadie. There are forces within the world more mysterious than any of them ever guessed—and they’ll need to stay alive long enough to conquer them…
I really enjoyed reading Crown of Coral and Pearl last year, so I was excited when I heard confirmation of a sequel, and then I was even more excited when I saw TBR and Beyond Tours doing a book tour and knew I had to sign up!
The first book wraps up pretty nicely without a major cliffhanger (as far as I can remember) and could stand fairly well as a standalone novel, but this is a sequel that directly follows the events of the first book and I would definitely recommend reading the first book before. As this is a sequel, this review will be spoiler-free!
As with the first book, I think the strong suits of this book is definitely the writing style and the world building. The first book was written as a standalone at first with the potential for a sequel, so a lot of aspects were fleshed out pretty well. For example, the characters are well developed by the end of the first book, but their relationships get explored more in the sequel. Not just romantic relationships, but friendships, familial and even political relationships as well. I liked the addition of characters such as Roan, Adriel, and Yana. Also, the word is pretty solidly built in the first book, but in Kingdom of Sea and Stone, we get to explore new parts of the world that weren’t in the first book, and it was really interesting.
The writing style is probably what mostly kept me interested in this book because along with the world-building, Mara Rutherford manages to create really distinct atmospheres between the different regions of the world. The writing is definitely a strong suit of the novel because information about the characters and the world was conveyed clearly without infodumping, and the words flowed off the pages very easily.
about the author:
Mara Rutherford began her writing career as a journalist but quickly discovered she far preferred fantasy to reality. Originally from California, Mara has since lived all over the world along with her Marine-turned-diplomat husband. A triplet born on Leap Day, Mara holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from the University of London. When she’s not writing or chasing after her two sons, she can usually be found pushing the boundaries of her comfort zone, whether at a traditional Russian banya or an Incan archaeological site. She is the author of CROWN OF CORAL AND PEARL (2019), its sequel, KINGDOM OF SEA AND STONE (2020), and LUMINOUS (2021).
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