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Title: All the Stars and Teeth
Author: Adalyn Grace
Publication Date: February 4, 2020
She will reign.
As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.
When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.
But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.
I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.Review: This was such a fun high seas fantasy! I was so intrigued by the magic system because every island has their own kind so it was interesting to see how each kind worked. Amora’s soul magic is the most intriguing because only her family can practice it and it’s pretty unsettling how it works. It actually kind of reminded me a bit of The Merciful Crow in a way because that story had unsettling magic as well, but in this story it’s not just teeth she can use, if you catch my drift.
I really enjoyed the cast of characters as well because they were all so different but it worked. Not that I’ll give too much away, but the dynamic between them was so fun and I already miss my new favourite charming pirate Bastian. Oh, and Vataea. I guess Ferrick, too. Hell, I miss my whole Keel Haul crew!
It also doesn’t hurt that there was romance in this story as well and it was pretty slow burn. Lots of longing looks and innuendo, if you’re into that sorta thing like me.
I also loved getting to see the world through Amora’s eyes because she’s been sheltered her whole life and hasn’t been able to leave her island. Her whole world kind of shifts when she sees that everything outside her perfect world is far from it.
If you enjoyed books like Seafire and Daughter of the Pirate King, you need to check this one out! It’s got adventure, romance, magic, monsters, and betrayal. There’s also a ton of secrets to unravel as well.