Title: The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea (Embraced by Magic #2)
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 416 Pages
Rating: 2 Stars
Four sisters have become queens, rulers of all that Aerthlan’s two moons embrace. The last sister will forge her own path . . .
Signs and Seals
Raised on the magic-seeped Isle of Moon, Maeve is used to unusual powers–and the way they fuel the politics of her world. But when she discovers an ability to shape-shift at will, she knows who she wants to share it with first. Brody, the enigmatic, infuriating shifter-spy has always made time for Maeve. But it’s been almost two months since she’s seen him. And though no one else believes Brody is in danger, Maeve is more than ready to rescue him herself.
The rumors Brody’s investigating are terrifying: a secret army of magic-users, in the service of the cruel Circle of Five. But when he uncovers the identity of one of the Five, the mission becomes personal. Cursed as a boy by the Sea Witch, Brody can spend only two hours a day in his human form, a restriction that limits his future and muzzles his heart. Plus Maeve teases him for being such a pretty doggy instead of appreciating his manly charms. To win his freedom, he must take on a terrible disguise. And when Maeve finds out, she’ll unleash a tempest like no other . . .
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Having been following these embraced books since the first one, I got rather invested with Brody and how his story would unveil. That it would also involve the last of the Isle of Moon orphan sisters was – I thought at first – an added bonus. I couldn’t be more wrong!! What a bummer that it didn’t turn up as the finale I expected it would be.
For one the lack of chemistry between Brody and Maeve – considering the suppressed feeling they had for one another for (four) YEARS – didn’t inspire me to root for this couple. I think the previous books – even on small portions – gave off better sparks and dynamics between the two. Also, I felt that Brody and Maeve’s backstories were divulged in a casual manner and lacking the potential emotion in the tragedy that shaped up their life.
I got that THE SIREN AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA was planned as the culmination of everything – the epic battle between the protagonists and the (supposedly evil) embraced army, so to speak – along with the romance between the last available protagonists (like Maeve and Brody). As such it carried quite a weight to tie up all loose ends and bring together the last (royal) couple of the series. Personally I don’t think this book delivered. With the many issues loaded in and the scattered story telling with multiple POVs, it read like a mess of a plot. The villains who had been depicted the whole series as cunning and dangerous opponents didn’t live up to their fame. They struck me as a pair of smug, whiny, and self-centered pricks. The expected epic battle turned into the bummer of all with how easily these dastards bested.
It’s fortunate that Nevis also (finally) got his chance in the spotlight as pivotal secondary character in this fifth installment to the series. He came to the rescue for the wit and spirits of the story. As expected whenever he made appearance in the previous books. His storyline was what saved the book for me, which included the potential love interest and his friendships with two royals of Aerthlan. If not for Nevis, I’m not sure I could finish this book. Thank gads for Nevis and his famous expression:
“This is muscle not fat.”
Copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.