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A Sea Of Sorrow And Scorn (The Levanthria Series Book 2)

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Again, my complaint of the book is that it too short and pretty much everything could be expanded on, events, the characters, world building. While this makes for faster paced storytelling, I found the pacing of the book to become rather slow once the two character were united. The world could be very interesting - while not being overly creative since it relies so heavily on stories/myth that already exists - putting it together in this way could be amazing. Zerina learns the limits of her magical power, even though many would consider her an outcast because of her abilities. These stories aren't especially long compared to some of the epics I am used to reading and I am quite enjoying the punchy style this author brings to the table.

I will get to book three only to see if we revisit book one characters or if we get any closer to tying it all together. A Sea of Sorrow and Scorn is the gripping second book in the Tales of Levanthria fantasy-retelling series. Normally you hear people complain about an author padding the story with unnecessary details, but this one feels like entire sections could have been fleshed out for the better. Joining two refugees in fleeing to the perilous ocean with enemy ships in hot pursuit, Zerina wields her gifts against deadly threats even though each use torments her body. The prose seems to have become less dreadful and character conversations seem more like actual people talking rather than a bunch of action heroes shouting witty one liners.hour book 2 hours of which are inner monolog about being a strong woman, descriptions of people and places the characters never talk to or interact with. While I wouldn't say the writing improves significantly since the last book, it's good enough to warrant an enjoyable read. Also I feel the supporting characters of Darmour, Orjan and Navi could've been better off being introduced much earlier - I found them to be pretty interesting. Most of this reads like a first draft, what with the spelling mistakes and character development and pace.

I wanted more about Zerina getting to know Ulrik, and really solidify the relationship between the three main characters. While the concept for his first novel was conceived six years ago, it was the nightly ritual of crafting bedtime stories for his children that really empowered him to breathe life into it. Plus like many people have said Michela Schulthies voice work definitely falls short alongside Aaron Smith's. Some of them had nice interactions on the (very short, page count-wise) sailing section and then we get to the end and watch half of them get slaughtered in an attack and I couldn't even tell you their names. There were a few subversive plot twists I quite liked, although I was a bit sad that certain characters didn't get to realise certain dreams.

It took me right out of the story when you have Arron doing one voice and then Michela doing a completely different voice for the same character, not even vaguely similar.

Let's start with the horse that the main character rides for three days, after seven years of not being around horses. Right, positivos - the three leads, Zerina, Ulrik and Esara, carried my interest from start to finish. I feel the execution of the series needs to be ironed out but I have enough incentive to continue with the series. No backstory for any character so I couldn't really get a picture of what motivated them, what drove them on their quest.

The book jumps around like the characters do which is fortunate as it helps us get to the end more quickly.

While the plot had potential, there wasn't enough substance to keep me guessing throughout my listen.However, there are some pacing issues for me and I really wish I’d gotten to see more of Esara and her mind space. When there was action it was good, and I am thankful that there wasn’t a ton of filler, but I also kinda of missed a little more exposition and settling into the story.

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