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

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A horse that 'bucks' twice in fifty pages without unseating its novice rider, and eats nothing but apples. A Sea Of Sorrow And Scorn is the gripping second book in the Tales of Levanthria fantasy-retelling series. Loved that is related to the first book even though it was a very different story and even had an overlapping character.

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.

Night after night, he would sit beside their beds, weaving magical tales that would light up the face of his youngest daughter. And the author tried to make us care for them, but we barely learned their names before they were out and we were left with a confusing death, some promise for vengeance and absolutely no background info on anyone. Esara on the other hand was annoying and a bit 2 dimensional, couldn’t fully get to grip on what age she was supposed to be. With that being stated, the last quarter of the book felt too rushed and despite a good amount of buildup towards it, the ending felt unsatisfying and a bit brief.

This sequel follows two main characters: Zerina, a young woman who is on the run for possessing illegal magical abilities, and Ulrik, a sailor who must protect his young sister, Esara, after their mother is murdered for her magical powers. So when she and her sisters are dragged from their home and put on trial for witchcraft, she’s horrified to be trapped between being enslaved in the king’s forces or execution. Things don't work out as planned and he and his sister Esara and friend Zerina which is also accused of being a witch and has also lost her two sisters. While the plot had potential, there wasn't enough substance to keep me guessing throughout my listen.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.

Beswick's writing is similar to the first book in that it's simple, easy to access, cliché in places, but will surprise you with poignancy at times.I could barely follow the characters on their adventure because of all the deaths, I mean people were dropping like flies. 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.

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.Instead, we have another group of characters who were unlikeable or at best characters I was indifferent to. How the horse, and the two female characters, are not dead from exhaustion and hyperthermia, I don't know. 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. While the story is a new one, the world is the same and this familiarity provides a comfortable awareness to what goes on and what to expect. His ultimate hope is that readers grappling with similar issues may find solace in his stories, realizing that they're not alone, that it's okay to feel the way they do, and that it's important to open up and share.

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