Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.
No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul.
To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost. As she tries to balance her loyalty to her people, her crew, and the desires of her heart, Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her.
Warning: Don’t read this review if you haven’t read the first book yet.
I personally loved the first book of this duology, All The Stars and Teeth, I was looking forward to reading its sequel. All The Tides of Fate picks up where exactly we left off. Amora is now the queen of Visidia, but she lost her magic and her soul is tied to Bastien’s, she is struggling to find the confidence she needs to rule. She is also struggling to get the recognition she deserves as a queen, as many issues arise amongst the islands now that her people can practice more than one magic. She decides to start a tour around the reign to find a suitable husband and gain legitimacy as queen.
If, for a moment, you thought I confused the synopsis of this book with the one of The Beholder, don’t worry, I didn’t. That’s what happens. Amora needs to find a husband, so the writer can continue to develop the romance between her and Bastien.
Honestly, I remember the general story but not the particulars, so I forgot about the events of the first book that brought Amora to become Queen, her father’s death, and how her soul and Bastien’s soul became connected.
That was my biggest problem with this sequel, I couldn’t remember what exactly happened in detail, so certain things were not fully clear during the whole story and the writer doesn’t provide a proper recap in the story, merely a few hints here and there. I also thought that Amora became quite annoying and the majority of the crew of the Keel Haul do not get the spotlight and development needed and missed from the first book.
Luckily the plot diverges from the search for a new king, but it still lacks the adventure on the sea of the first book. It was no longer the pirate fantasy story I loved but something else. I still found it enjoyable, well written and fast-paced. The world-building and magic system are still what makes this story worth it, it’s so unique and so detailed and it was really exciting to explore new islands.
The ending was, unfortunately, a massive WTF, and can’t say much without giving out spoilers but two side characters deserved more. It still has a definitive ending, I felt the writer put a definitive end to the story. I still appreciate the fact Grace decided to move on from the usual unicorns and rainbows YA endings and kept it “realistic”. I will say, come for the crew and adventure of All The Stars and Teeth and stay for the magic and world system of All The Tides of Fate, but make sure to read them back to back. This writer is absolutely someone to keep on your bookish radar.