Thank you to Imprint for a finished copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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.
All the Tides of Fate had such beautiful writing, the flow of the story had the perfect pacing and I was very excited to be joining the Keel Haul crew on another adventure.
I did struggle at the beginning of the book though, only able to recall the barest of details about All the Stars and Teeth. It needed some more recaps dropped in it and things explained a bit better. As the story progressed I was able to piece some of it together, but I know even now I’m missing some big details.
What I really loved about the first book was how we got to truly see this world that was created. In book two we get to continue that journey and see some of the places we didn’t before. The worldbuilding was fantastic and I felt like I could really see some Avatar influences in the story. We also got to explore what multiple magics meant for these places and people that maybe weren’t thriving when we last saw them.
I felt like the plot was a tad all over the place at times. I know Amora needed to right the wrongs of her ancestors and restore soul magic, but I was kinda confused why one couldn’t go down without the other. Why did she need her magic back to tell the truth? It was all wrapped up extremely fast and a tad too conveniently. I also had a hard time believing Amora would waver between being selfish or putting her kingdom above all. We know she’s a good ruler and loves her people, so her “dilemma” just wasn’t believable.
The romance was pretty much nonexistent except for two scenes and I missed it. Amora and Bastian had this connection in book one that was lost in the second book. Understandable due to the whole soul splitting thing, but I missed it nonetheless.
While I loved All the Tides of Fate, I found it unnecessary. It was a good book but redundant. I felt the plot could’ve been wrapped up in the first book if it had been a bit longer. That being said I did still really enjoy it. The Keel Haul crew is one of my favorite friend groups and they had such great chemistry and love for each other. The story was fresh and well written with a great adventure that I didn’t want to put down.