The Girl Who Belonged to the Sea by Katherine Quinn | Book Review
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When Margrete’s arranged marriage is announced, a small shred of hope blossoms. Count Casbian may be as bad as her abusive father, or he may be her chance at a better life. She’s willing to take the chance if it means escape. But as the wedding day dawns, pirates attack and capture Margrete. Bash, King of Azantian, seeks to ransom her away for a powerful item her father stole. At first resentful of her capture, Margrete does all she can to escape. Until she finds out the truth of her father’s deception. It’s not just her life on the line, it is the world itself. And something is calling out to Margrete, a whisper of terrible power.
Margrete has learned well to keep her outspoken side hidden. If she speaks even one word out of line, her father is quick to retaliate. He is an oppressive and controlling man, willing to do anything to achieve his goals. However, despite all she has endured, Margrete remains strong and willful. When Margrete is taken captive, her true self shines brilliantly. Bash and his companions have their hands full as Margrete lashes out at them. She has a fighting spirit no man can tame. And no matter what obstacles stand in her way, she is willing to face them if it means protecting those she loves.
Margrete is a powerful example of independence and inner strength. However, there were times she discovered things a bit too quickly. For example, when the court seer of Azantian was introduced to Margrete they were physically described. No other information was given. Margrete immediately knew they were a seer, and there was not enough information within the context of the story to support her claim. She was correct, but I could not understand how she came to her conclusion. There needed to be a bit more build-up and subtle cues to make Margrete’s discoveries believable.
The Girl Who Belonged to the Sea incorporates Gods and magic but remains focused on developing Margrete’s relationships. The love and devotion she shows her younger sister are heartwarming. The harsh and violent relationship with her father will set a reader’s teeth on edge. And the risky relationship she develops with Bash will leave readers apprehensive and wondering in which direction it will go. Tension is laced within Bash and Margrete’s relationship, and the consequences of their actions are constantly hanging over their every move. With such a mix of emotions on the page, readers can’t help but feel the need to know more.
This first book in the Azantian Trilogy sets a strong foundation for future stories. The magical elements and lore woven into the story provide a wonderful accent to the storytelling and characters. The Girl Who Belonged to the Sea is a book for readers who enjoy romance and relationships between strong-willed individuals.
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