The Sunken Realm

The Sunken RealmThe Sunken Realm by Serena Chase
Series: Eyes of E’veria
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Published by Candent Gate on September 28, 2015
Pages: 526
Also by this author: Intermission

 

About The Sunken Realm (from the back cover):
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.

 

I’ve enjoyed all the books in the Eyes of E’veria series. Although classified as Young Adult, I think everyone will appreciate these fresh retellings in creative worlds and allegories, especially this latest coming-of-age story.

Erielle was a character I always felt easy to root for, but Cazien…his wit was fabulous don’t get me wrong, but honestly, I hadn’t truly appreciated him until now. (I know I was in the minority!) He may still be a pirate, but he transformed into a character of honor and of complete likability for me. In the last and final book Cazien won me over, and he did it by how he treated, cared for, and loved his wife.

The beginning banter between the two main characters kept me smiling and turning pages. Yes, a relationship has it’s romantic moments, but when push comes to shove, or when the waves meets the beach if we’re speaking more in pirate terms—it’s about a decision.

The beginning banter between the two main characters kept me smiling and turning pages. Yes, a relationship has it’s romantic moments, but when push comes to shove, or when the waves meets the beach if we’re speaking more in pirate terms—it’s about a decision. To love or not to love. Even if you never wanted the marriage to begin with, and Ms. Chase wrote both sides of that beautiful and effectively.

Erielle had to overcome her self-doubt and her disgrace—whether it was self-afflicted, misguided, or well deserved. She took on the adventure that lay before her in Erielle style—bravely and with flare. Her inner thoughts on the whole marriage process was hilarious and real-life appropriate.

The Sunken Realm was more than a pirate story, more than humor and a match of wit, more than sword play, more than finding out what love really is—it addressed slavery and other issues near and dear to my own heart

The Sunken Realm was more than a pirate story, more than humor and a match of wit, more than sword play, more than finding out what love really is—it addressed slavery and other issues near and dear to my own heart (which will remain unnamed due to spoilers.) But I promise it will bend your heart and make you want to read the story all over again.

Beautiful allegory played through the other books and this go around was no different. The good versus evil wasn’t something that was skipped on. The bad guys were frightening and the stakes were high, and the good guys weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and get hurt to make sure justice was served. Fighting scenes held the right amount of balance between tenseness and skill, with just enough humor to remain in the character’s thoughts.

Beautiful allegory played through the other books and this go around was no different.

This was one of the best ending to a series I’ve read in a long while. I felt very content, and yet, if the author ever wanted to, (Because that would be awesome, and I’d read it!) it seems she left a way for the land of E’veria to continue on. If you have yet to discover the writings of this author, I suggest you start at book one, and before you know it, you’ll be knee deep in prophecy, oath, and legacy. And I hope you love every minute.

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