Kingdom of Sea and Stone (Crown of Coral and Pearl #2) by Mara Rutherford
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing Date: October 6, 2020
Synopsis: Ever since Nor was forced to go to a nearby kingdom in her sister’s place, she’s wanted nothing more than to return to the place and people she loves. But when her wish comes true, she soon finds herself cast out from both worlds, with a war on the horizon.
As an old enemy resurfaces more powerful than ever, Nor will have to keep the kingdom from falling apart with the help of Prince Talin and Nor’s twin sister, Zadie. There are forces within the world more mysterious than any of them ever guessed—and they’ll need to stay alive long enough to conquer them…
About the Author:
Mara Rutherford began her writing career as a journalist but quickly discovered she far preferred fantasy to reality. Originally from California, Mara has since lived all over the world along with her Marine-turned-diplomat husband. A triplet born on Leap Day, Mara holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from the University of London. When she’s not writing or chasing after her two sons, she can usually be found pushing the boundaries of her comfort zone, whether at a traditional Russian banya or an Incan archaeological site. She is the author of CROWN OF CORAL AND PEARL (2019), its sequel, KINGDOM OF SEA AND STONE (2020), and LUMINOUS (2021).
Before starting this book, I recommend you read Crown of Coral and Pearl since the book starts where the first book left off.
I began with reading Crown of Coral and Pearl, I was so hooked with the story especially the world building. The detailing in the world building in both books is amazingly done. We begin the story by learning that the Princes of Ilara marries the most beautiful maidens from the village of Varenia. Nor has dreamed of being a part of the wealthy and the kingdom of Ilara however she had an accident that caused her to have a permanent scar which meant that her twin sister, Zadie would be chosen to marry the Prince – Nor however would remain in Varenia and marry anyone of the men in the village. Zadie is injured, Nor is sent to Ilara to take her place. Their family is poor therefore their mom has planned for the girls to be part of the ceremony, hoping one of them would get married to the prince therefore giving wealth to the family, in Varenia beauty means everything.
In Kingdom of Sea and Stone, Nor and Zadie reunite and they have to do what they can to save the kingdom. Just like in Crown of Coral and Pearl, there are so many twists and turns which keep pulling you in as a reader. Through the story, my favorite character has been Nor as we experience her growth through the story, she’s very determine to save her people. This particular quote stood out to me, “But that’s just it, Nor. Even when everything around you is falling apart, you manage to find those moments of joy.” I do believe this quote really tell us so much about Nor and her growth.
Another quote that I loved while reading was, “I can see that mind of yours racing. I’m sorry I said anything. Being with you right here, right now, is enough.” I found it interesting because it made me want to keep reading to see what would happen next, it intrigued me. I loved reading both of these books, I felt like I experienced a rollercoaster of emotions through my reading and I already want to read them both again, they were so good! I definitely rate Kingdom of Sea and Stone 5 stars because I loved the story from beginning to end, I hope you do too!
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