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…
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
I absolutely loved Crown of Coral and Pearl, so when I was given the opportunity to read and review the sequel, Kingdom of Sea and Stone I was so ecstatic!! Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond and Mara Rutherford for gifting me a copy of this book! If you would like a chance to win your own copy of Kingdom of Sea and Stone, you can enter to win one here:
Mara Rutherford is such an incredible author and has such a beautiful way of writing that it’s like being dragged into the ocean by a siren (willingly, of course). The storyline and world building that she gave us in Crown of Coral and Pearls was so unique and beautiful, and I was so happy to be back with Nor and Zadie!
Rutherford has such a beautiful way with words and constantly made comparisons to the ocean, and the creatures that live there. Since the books are from Nor’s point of view, it make sense that everything she encounters would be compared to the sea since that is where she grew up. In the sequel we were able to see some of the places that had been mentioned in the first book and I loved that we were introduced to some new characters as well!
I really loved the bond between Zadie and Nor that we saw in Crown of Coral and Pearl, and I love that we really got to experience more of that in the sequel. I love how close they are and how they love each other more than anything else. They are constantly supporting and looking out for one another and it’s as if they are two people who share the same mind and soul.
I loved Ceren as the villain of the first book and I was so happy that he returned for the sequel as well. He’s the type of villain that I love to read about because you really dislike him but then have moments of sympathy. Then just when you think he’s not so bad, he does something absolutely horrible.
I also enjoyed the relationship between Talin and Nor. Talin is constantly so kind and understanding of Nor’s choices. In this book we see that Nor is struggling with who she wants to be and what she wants her future to look like. Rather than getting angry and frustrated though, Talin is always so supportive and encouraging. The ending of the story was somewhat bittersweet for me, it leaves things open for the reader to decide and doesn’t definitively state what the future holds for Nor.
I am so sad that this story is only a duology because I am definitely going to miss these characters!