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Series: The Vicious Deep #3
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on July 1st, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Survival
This epic clash of sand and sea will pit brother against brother-and there can only be one winner
In two days, the race for the Sea Court throne will be over-but all the rules have changed. The sea witch, Nieve, has kidnapped Layla and is raising an army of mutant sea creatures to overthrow the crown. Kurt, the one person Tristan could depend on in the battle for the Sea King's throne, has betrayed him. Now Kurt wants the throne for himself. Tristan has the Scepter of the Earth, but it's not enough. He'll have to travel to the mysterious, lost Isle of Tears and unleash the magic that first created the king's powerful scepter. It's a brutal race to the finish, and there can only be one winner.
Warning: May contain spoilers from previous novels.
I was so glad to have this e-ARC available for the blog tour review. Considering the cliffhanger ending of The Savage Blue, I was incredibly grateful to be a part of this tour. Thanks Sourcebooks Teen!
We start off with Tristan and the realization that the evil silver mermaid has taken the love of his life away from him. Not only does he have to come up with a battle plan to save her and the rest of the kingdom of aquatic creatures, his loyal and faithful guardian Kurt has been brainwashed and is now against him. Will Tristan have the heart to save his people and himself from destruction?
The beginning was pretty slow for me. I know that Tristan had to go through this huge character ARC and realize all his fears and weaknesses before he could defeat Nieve. That also included his quest to find help from other sources including the sleeping giants of the sea. But his journey to defeat her was mostly about him struggling to become this epic warrior and most of it was in his head, and his connection with the silver mermaid. What I wanted was more action. And I did received it, at the end. I loved the ending though. Those “giants” helped him so much and my imagination was trying to piece together their appearance. I also have to say how much I loved Layla’s character. She’s incredibly strong being able to withstand everything that she’s been through and I’m grateful that Zoraida made a female character with no need of rescuing. So incredibly refreshing.
Overall, a wonderful ending to the series and I am happy to say that this is one mermaid story that I wouldn’t mind picking up again. Can’t wait to see what else Zoraida has in store for us.