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A Sea Of Sorrow And Scorn (The Levanthria Series Book 2)

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Joining two refugees in fleeing to the perilous ocean with enemy ships in hot pursuit, Zerina wields her gifts against deadly threats even though each use torments her body. I will get to book three only to see if we revisit book one characters or if we get any closer to tying it all together. A horse that 'bucks' twice in fifty pages without unseating its novice rider, and eats nothing but apples. To the point there was one or two moments in this book which made me well up, which has never happened as far as reading a book goes.

Although the book offers excellent world building and interesting characters, the story lacks excitement and seems to drag on, with only a few captivating action scenes. I feel the execution of the series needs to be ironed out but I have enough incentive to continue with the series. This sequel follows two main characters: Zerina, a young woman who is on the run for possessing illegal magical abilities, and Ulrik, a sailor who must protect his young sister, Esara, after their mother is murdered for her magical powers.Zerina learns the limits of her magical power, even though many would consider her an outcast because of her abilities. This is the second book in the series, though these characters and events save the mentioning of the leader of the "bad guys" had nothing to do with book one. However, there are some pacing issues for me and I really wish I’d gotten to see more of Esara and her mind space. I wanted more about Zerina getting to know Ulrik, and really solidify the relationship between the three main characters. In this book you meet 3 characters, a soldier Ulrik who comes back from working on one of the Kings merchant boats to find his mother and his younger sister Esara missing.

So when she and her sisters are dragged from their home and put on trial for witchcraft, she's horrified to be trapped between being enslaved in the king's forces or execution.

Overall, this is a fairly short book but spans so much time and distance that the proper detail is not given. And the author tried to make us care for them, but we barely learned their names before they were out and we were left with a confusing death, some promise for vengeance and absolutely no background info on anyone.

A Sea of Sorrow and Scorn is the gripping second book in the Tales of Levanthria fantasy-retelling series. It took me right out of the story when you have Arron doing one voice and then Michela doing a completely different voice for the same character, not even vaguely similar.Some of them had nice interactions on the (very short, page count-wise) sailing section and then we get to the end and watch half of them get slaughtered in an attack and I couldn't even tell you their names. I could barely follow the characters on their adventure because of all the deaths, I mean people were dropping like flies. It seems like all of these books are just a mashup of all the different heroes and fairy tales mushed together and it's not as appealing as you might think.

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