Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on February 18, 2014
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
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Aemi lives in a village carved from stones and surrounded by sea. She wins spear-throwing competitions in disguise and earns slaps from her spoiled mistress by talking back. She hates being a slave. She survives by remembering her mother's tales of home, a paradise called Perilous.
Aemi intends to find it.
But then, black ships rise from the sea in the night. Aemi is captured and taken to Itlantis, an underwater world of cities of glass, floating gardens, and strange and wonderful technology.
She is determined to escape, even if it means conspiring with fellow prisoner Nol, who fills her with equal parts anger and desire. Even if it means impersonating her mistress. Even if it means fleeing into the territory of the Dron, the bloodthirsty barbarians of the deep.
But when Aemi witnesses firsthand an attack by the Dron, she realizes not all is as it seems below the sea.
And Perilous might be closer than she thinks.
When I first saw Of Sea and Stone I thought it would be a novel about mermaids but it’s not what I expected at all. Aemi is a thrall in the Village of the Rocks and has no memory of any other life. She doesn’t have many friends and no family as her Mother has passed away. One night mysterious men come up from the ocean in a great ship and burn her village to the ground. They kidnap Aemi and as many males as they could capture from her village including the mayor’s smug second son, Nol. Aemi and Nol are taken to a great city beneath the sea and have to act as indentured servants to a kindly scholar and his daughter. Aemi finds that she may belong is this city more than she thinks and learns as much as she can about her new surroundings as she plans an escape with her new ally, Nol.
I was very quickly drawn into this story and finished it within two days. Aemi is a great protagonist and I loved following her adventures. She is very loyal, clever and has been working hard her whole life to escape slavery. Aemi hates Nol from years of rivalry but when given given the opportunity to escape the men that kidnapped her she also begs for Nol’s life, putting aside her animosity. Aemi quickly adapts to her new circumstances and takes advantage of every chance she gets to learn more about Itlantis and it’s inhabitants. She immediately starts planning her escape and eventually trusts Nol enough to bring him into her plans.
The story is very fast paced and I really enjoyed the story arcs of the characters. Nol really grew up from a spoiled, rich kid and into a character worth liking. Aemi learns how to trust and starts to see the people around her as friends. The descriptions of Itlantis are beautiful and really pulled me into the story, setting the scene in my mind. It’s a great spin on Atlantis and has loads of political intrigue. I do hope we get to learn more about the background of the other characters in book two and have other perspectives besides Aemi’s. The ending left me wanting more and I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this series sooner. I am immediately going to start book two!
I was provided a copy of Of Sea and Stone by YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. YA Bound Book Tours is also hosting a giveaway and you could win a $20 amazon gift card here.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 Reading Challenge