Title: The Perilous Sea
Series: The Elemental Trilogy, #2
Author: Sherry Thomas
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
Length: 414 pages | 10 hours 41 minutes
Source: Borrowed from my local library (after Cyra at Rattle the Pages got me hooked on book 1)
After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.
Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother’s prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.
I really enjoyed the first book in the series, The Burning Sky, so whenI saw this at my library in audiobook format, I snatched it up. The downside of listening to the second book via audiobook is that I don’t have the fun footnotes. But the plus side is that the narrator is fantastic.
Plot-wise, the second book is a fast-paced run through things going from bad to worse. Which, incidentally, is what I always want from a sequel. The romance is more present, of course, but it’s still not the main plot (and I still love that). Iolanthe is as fantastic as ever, and so is Titus, and more of the side characters have an involvement. There’s quite a bit more political intrigue in this one, and a dual story: action-packed, mystery-filled “now” events, and flashbacks to the two months that led up to them. This made for a nice slow reveal, in which we the readers get to figure out what’s going on a few chapters ahead of the main characters figuring it out.
I highly recommend this series, thus far, for fans of fantasy, historical fantasy, and YA- especially if you also like character-driven plots, lushly developed world-building, and a dash of realistic romance in with the peril.