Review: Kingdom of Sea and Stone by Mara Rutherford

Genre: Young adult, Fantasy

Pages: 368
Publication: October 6th, 2020

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The Cruel Prince meets Ash Princess in this thrilling fantasy, the much-anticipated sequel to Crown of Coral and Pearl.

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…


My Thoughts

The conclusion to the duology is here!

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, so when the opportunity to pick up the sequel and conclusion popped up, I jumped at it!

We pick up with Nor, back at home, after escaping and killingthe king. She’s trying to settle into her old life but finds she can’t seem to take up the same role she once had. Then, in comes Prince Talin, bearing bad news.

Character-wise, everyone shows how much they’ve grown since the first book, continuing to grow and shift with one another even in this book. Many more characters are introduced, although unnecessary, they add to the world-building that takes place as Nor hits the road on a journey. Ceren, our villain, grew immensely too, and I wish more was offered to his character arc.

Magical elements are introduced more heavily, which seemed a little thrown in there considering there was only light mentions of otherness in the previous book. It didn’t add to the story any but brought in more questions that weren’t necessarily answered.

At the end of the book, I concluded this could’ve easily been a standalone, and likely would have worked better as one.

2.8 but rounded up to 3 via Savvy Crowns!

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