Series: Weathermages of Mystral #2
Published by: Avon on October 31, 2017
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
He wasn't supposed to choose her...
Seafaring prince Dilys Merimydion has been invited to court the three magical princesses of Summerlea. To eradicate the pirates threatening Calberna and to secure the power of the Sea Throne, Dilys vows to return home with a fierce warrior-queen as his bride. But politics has nothing to do with unexpected temptation.
She didn't dare wed him...
A weathermage like her sisters, Gabriella Coruscate's gentleness exemplifies the qualities of her season name, Summer. Yet her quiet poise conceals dangerous powers she cannot begin to wield. Better to live without excitement, she reasons, than risk her heart and lose control—until an irresistible Sealord jolts her awake with a thunderclap of raw desire.
Until evil threatens everything they hold dear...
When pirates kidnap Summer and her sisters, Dilys is in a desperate quest to save the woman he loves. Only by combining his command of the seas with the unleashed fury of Summer's formidable gifts can they defeat their brutal enemies and claim the most priceless victory of all: true love.
For those of you who don’t know, C.L. Wilson is my favourite author of all time. I first read The Winter King (book one in this series) and fell madly in love. I then proceeded to read Wilson’s first series, Tairen Soul, and fell even more in love! I just about died from excitement when The Sea King appeared on Edelweiss!
I really enjoyed The Sea King, but I’ll confess I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to give it 5 stars. I had to dock a star for two key reasons:
1) Stubborn Gabriella spent too long rejecting Dilys
Dilys was totally into Gabriella and kept trying to win her over, but she kept rejecting him. It was frustrating because it wasn’t that she didn’t like him, it was that she was afraid of loving someone out of fear of losing them later. And while I get that, I think it just became really frustrating that SO MUCH of the book was spent with this part of the story on repeat, and it made matters worse for me that Gabriella refused to tell Dilys her reason. She kept trying to pretend she just wasn’t interested in him when we all knew that was a lie (Dilys included).
In general, I didn’t like Gabriella’s refusal to confide in anyone. I guess I’m just not a fan of the whole suffer in silence thing. She had so many awesome, loving people around her who would have been happy to help and support her. And honestly, it was downright foolish of her to refuse Dilys’s help once she learned View Spoiler » [that she was a Siren and that apparently he knows aaaaaall about those. « Hide Spoiler]
2) This spoilery thing at the end…View Spoiler » [
Somewhere in the second half of the book (maybe around 70%-ish) Gabriella’s sisters seem to have been killed. Immediately, I was like 99% sure that this was a faked death and that they’d miraculously wind up “not dead” later. So I waited. And waited. And waited. It got to the bloody end of the book and they still weren’t back. It felt like a huge hole in my life because I adored them and couldn’t stand the thought of them actually being dead. Then we got to epilogue #1. Still not back. Then finally they’re “surprise, not dead!” in epilogue #2 (thank the gods).
I think I was just frustrated because I spent SO LONG on the hook waiting for their return. It distracted me from enjoying the rest of the story. Then I actually got really mad when I thought maybe they truly had been killed off. I never felt like I was able to mourn them properly because their “deaths” almost felt anti-climactic.
Finally it did come out that they hadn’t really died, but in my opinion it took too long. I actually would have preferred if we were reassured earlier on that they were still alive and maybe saw an extra few chapters from their points of view. I would have been able to enjoy the book a lot more knowing they were okay (well, still in danger, but not dead).« Hide Spoiler]
Still much to love about the book though!
- Sealords! They can breathe underwater and kind-of-sort-of talk to dolphins – #jealous.
- I loved how the women were most important part of Calberna. They value strong, badass women and that was awesome.
One thing I REALLY adored about this book was getting to know all the sisters more. They had more of a chance to shine in this book and I really fell in love with all their different personalities – particularly Autumn! I loved how they all interacted with each other.
After finishing The Sea King I learned something really, really exciting. The two other, upcoming books in the series are called The Jaguar King and The Dragon King! How bloody awesome do those sound???