The first thing that caught my attention and made me want to read this book was the amazing cover. It’s fabulous and eye-catching. Even without reading the synopsis, I would have grabbed this book from the shelf just for that incredible cover alone.
The plot-line was captivating with a good mix of intrigue and secrets. The world-building was impressive with good descriptions of the crafted world and its countless vagaries and politics.
The story was told in the view points of the two main characters, Marcus and Teriana. Marcus was a strong character, with so many hidden depths and facets to his personality, that I enjoyed reading his viewpoint and his thoughts. He was extraordinary and I absolutely loved him.
Now his counterpart, Teriana, disappointed me. For a sailor with a ‘will of iron’, she sure was weak and whiny. Throughout the story, I can’t even begin to count how many times I cringed at her reactions and reasoning. I expected a fearsome warrior of a pirate (if you read the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab and met Delilah Bard, you know what I’m talking about) and instead, I got a whiny teenage girl who complained so much she grated on my nerves. For a tough pirate, she was wimpish and had no stomach for the tough stuff. Sure, she could drink someone under the table but that seemed to be her only talent.
This book had so much potential but the portrayal of the female MC ruined it for me. I think, if the heroine had been stronger, this story would have been fantastic. The ending also tanked and was a great disappointment to me.
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