Friday, 2 August 2019

Book Review: The Cursed Sea (The Glass Spare #2) by Lauren DeStefano

Book: The Cursed Sea
Series: The Glass Spare book 2
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Genre: YA fantasy

Wil, the exiled princess of northern Arrod, must do what she never thought possible: return home to discover the origins of her own curse. 
But home is very different from how she left it—Wil’s unpredictable elder brother Baren is now king, leading a war against the Southern Isles. And with time running out, Wil must navigate the dangerous secrets within her family to find the truth. 
Nothing goes as planned, and suddenly Wil and her allies are fighting for their lives as the Southern king is out to ensure neither of his children will survive to take the throne. Traveling across cursed seas and treacherous kingdoms, Wil and Loom must make peace with their pasts if they hope to secure the future of their world. 
But when their plans lead them right back to evil marveler Pahn, and to Baren—who is more dangerous than ever—can Wil and her friends outsmart their enemies, this time for good?

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:
The Cursed Sea opens up where The Glass Spare left off.  At the beginning of The Cursed Sea Wil is back in Northern Arrod, her home kingdom, trying to find answers for Pahn that will save Loom.  I liked seeing the reunion of Wil and her family, it was something I was waiting on since she left her home in The Glass Spare.  It was really nice to see her meet with Gerdie again and I thought it interesting how Barren reacted to her.

The Cursed Sea centres on the mystery of Wil and her family and what made them 'cursed'.  I liked how that was the centre of this book because I was expecting it to focus on the impending war between the two kingdoms but I'm glad that that was more of a side story to the main story of Wil and her curse.

In the beginning of The Cursed Sea Wil is very focused on Loom and after the initial reunion with her family she is very much concentrated on Loom and his predicament and I didn't like that because I found the family dynamics much more interesting in this duology than the romance so to see Wil more focused on this guy she just met a few weeks ago than her family kind of annoyed me but I will say that only lasted a short while before the story came back around to the family.

And although I disliked how Loom held Wil's attention more than her family at the beginning, I still liked the romance of this book and I do like Loom as well.  I also liked how we see more of Loom and Espel's complicated sibling relationship in this book.

Overall I thought this was a great sequel and conclusion to this duology.  I really liked the intricate mystery behind Wil's family and I thought it was just as fast paced as the first.  The ending was great and I liked how it wrapped everything up. 

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