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"Richly-woven, evocative, and absolutely impossible to put down--I was hooked from the first lines! Dark Shores has everything I look for in a fantasy novel: fresh, unique settings, a cast of complex and diverse characters, and an unflinching boldness with the nuanced world-building. I loved every word."--Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling authorThe book grabs readers from the beginning with its stellar worldbuilding and multidimensional characters, and the mythical elements are truly believable within the constructs of the story. The perspective shifts between the viewpoints of Teriana and Marcus from chapter to chapter, offering readers greater insights into each. ...A gripping introduction to a new series.--Kirkus Reviews (starred) This epic first installment in a new series from Jensen (The Malediction Trilogy) features stunning worldbuilding, a vivid cast of secondary characters, and a steamy slow-burn romance between two exceedingly competent and compelling heroes. Dark Shores is not one to miss.--Booklist This is a lush, imaginative world, and as the focus shifts between Teriana and Marcus, it becomes clear that the readers are only getting a glimpse of its complicated history and mythology. ...Their secrets don't, of course, stop Teriana and Marcus from embarking on a steamy romance, and fans of Rutkoski's sighworthy The Winner's Kiss and the high-stakes sea adventure of Levenseller's Daughter of the Pirate King will want to know where Marcus and Teriana journey to next. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books The plot's twists and turns and fantastical elements add to the allure of this thrilling story. VERDICT Exhilarating fantasy-adventure romance for fans of Tricia Levenseller's Daughter of the Pirate King, Alexandra Christo's To Kill a Kingdom, or Natalie C. Parker's Seafire. Readers will eagerly await the next book in the series.
--School Library Journal --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- Publisher : Tor Teen (7 May 2019)
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- ASIN : B07GVBX91Y
- Language: : English
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East must never meet West. The Celendor Empire has conquered the entire Eastern half of the world, erasing all religions and enslaving the people, and the Maarin, the traders that sail across the globe, will protect the secret of the West at all costs. We follow two main characters, Teriana a young Maarin woman, and Marcus the Cel’s best commander. When the Cel threaten Teriana’s entire people, she is forced to lead Marcus’ and his legion to the West. Both Marcus and Teriana are merely slaves to the Cel Senate and if they don’t do as their told they, and everyone they love, will be killed.
The Cel Empire was clearly inspired by the Romans while the West, or at least the region we saw, seemed to be South American. This land was run by various clans who are all ruled by a sadistic Urcon. It was fascinating to learn more about the Aniquinons and snippets of information about the various other lands. Not only are the cultures and people strikingly different from the Cel, they also worship six gods, and some a seventh god of death. Some people are even god-marked, given magical gifts that allow them to do incredible feats, like healing terminal wounds. It was a great comparison between the two and I loved how important it was to the people, especially Teriana.
I really loved the Maarin people, they were an intriguing sea fairing people. They live their entire lives on the sea, travelling between the East and West, their greatest taboo is revealing one side of the world to the other. To do so would make you forsaken by the gods, forever damned to eternal punishment. Though Teriana knows she is damning her soul, she is willing to do anything to save her family and her people. The Maarin have tangible proof the gods exist by their ship’s guardian, Magnius, an enormous sea creature that follows them bellow their ship. I loved how nonchalant they were about this massive creature and he was a great introduction to the magic of this world.
Teriana and Marcus are one of the only ‘forbidden romances’ I loved. It was obvious why they shouldn’t be together, yet they developed feelings for each other, regardless of whether or not they acted on them. Their romance was the definition of a slow burn which only made it all the more captivating any time they were alone together. I just wanted everything between them to be gone and for the two be simply be together!
The soldiers were interesting characters, you knew they were nothing more than slaves yet they had actively helped conquer hundreds of people, but they were still human beings with their own distinct personalities. Teriana wants to hate them, to stop them, but the more she spends time with them, the more she realizes she may actually like them. I personally loved Miki and Quintius, two of Teriana’s bodyguards, they were funny and friendly and their deep love was beautiful. They were a great representation of how many in the Celendor legions, and the real-world Romans, were gay and came to deeply love each other. It was difficult, I knew they were the ‘bad guys’ and needed to be stopped, but just like Teriana, I couldn’t stand the idea of anything happening to these guys I’d come to care for, especially Miki and Quintius.
I loved this book, it’s characters and magic system was interesting and a breath of fresh air. Not to mention it was excellent to have a main character of colour, her long braids full of beads sounded beautiful. I give it 5/5 and am so excited to read the next in this great new series.
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Where do I start with this book! Fabulous characters, Pirates, Thrilling New Lands, an adventure and a slow burning romance - what more can I ask for! A cliche, I know but it was so good from the very first page - I literally couldn’t put it down.
An amazing, imaginative world and fantastic, multidimensional characters set on a mesmerising, historical and mythical backdrop - making it a thrilling and believable story.
The narrative shifts between the two main protagonists of this book - Teriana and Legatus Marcus, offers readers a vivid tale, interesting world building and detailed character insights.
Teriana is definitely up there as one of my favourite fictional characters- she’s beautiful, fierce, courageous and breathtakingly unique! Perfectly juxtaposed with the honourable, Swoon- worthy and heroic Marcus - together their chemistry is stunning!
Danielle Jensen writes one of my favourite tropes so well - the slow burning Enemies to Lovers romance is enthralling. The chemistry and banter, world building, unexpected plots twists and unique setting add to the beginning of a gripping fantasy series. Highly recommend.
Can’t wait to start Dark skies!
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Within the story itself characters are constantly changing and developing as their motivations become more clear; The slowburn romance, the enemies to lovers aspect, the political tension. All of it transforms the plot and makes the characters complex in the most capturing way possible.
𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗘𝗗 𝗙𝗢𝗥: readers looking for some slow-burn, Roman mythology inspired fantasy books.
O mundo de Dark Shores é super inspirado no Império Romano, o que eu já sabia por ter visto uma entrevista da autora antes de comprar o livro. Confesso que isso chegou bem perto de me incomodar em alguns momentos, tanto pela estética desse império não ser minha favorita (togas não são atraentes!), quanto porque o império do livro era tão parecido com o romano, que os aspectos diferentes me pareceram difíceis de encaixar. Depois de um tempo, me acostumei e essa estranheza passou!
Só tenho outra crítica mesmo para fazer, que talvez nem seja relevante para outras pessoas: a autora usou vários nomes inventados para países, nacionalidades e personagens que começavam com a mesma letra e tinham sílabas parecidas, o que conseguiu me deixar bem perdida no começo! Como ela não parou para explicar nada (ainda bem, ninguém merece infodumps), me deixei ficar confusa por um tempo para depois começar a acompanhar melhor!
E daqui para a frente tudo que eu vou falar vai ser positivo, porque este livro é incrível e me conquistou! O mundo inspirado no Império Romano deu uma credibilidade e um foco em detalhes para o mundo tão perfeito, que parece existir de verdade! As culturas, as rotinas, as crenças, tudo encaixa super bem, e os personagens não ficam para trás!
Estou tentando decidir aqui se gosto mais da maravilhosa da Teriana ou do odioso do Marcus! Fiquei com tanta raiva dele (pela Teriana) durante o livro, que é até engraçado pensar no quanto amo ele! Eu também comecei a ler achando que ia ter romance, mas já estava passando da metade quando tive que duvidar, já que os dois se odiavam tanto, que nem dava muito espaço para se atraírem um pelo outro. E aí eu caí de boca no chão de tão desprevenida e apaixonada que fiquei quando a autora teve a audácia e esperteza de desenvolver o romance direitinho e bem na hora exata!
As partes no navio foram tão absurdamente emocionantes, que faço questão da autora escrever mais livros com piratas! Não deixou em nada a desejar! E depois, quando começou a parte da guerra, achei que ia ficar mega entediada, como já tinha ficado com outros livros e histórias se passando no mesmo cenário, mas em nenhum momento eu quis parar de ler! Estou realmente impressionada com o jeito inteligente e viciante da autora de escrever e definitivamente vou atrás de outros livros seus!
É claro que eu recomendo! Este livro foi tão apaixonante, que vai ser muito difícil esperar pelo próximo!
Ayant adoré et particulièrement pleuré pour la précédente série de l’auteure : The Malediction. J’ai hésité un bon moment entre les deux premiers tomes de cette série-ci et de celui de Bridge Kingdom. J’ai fini par me décider pour Dark Shores.
Le premier point positif de cette nouvelle histoire est l’univers, de la fantasy avec des inspirations de l’Empire romain. Cela donne une touche réelle et nostalgique au récit. Ensuite, j’ai beaucoup apprécié les personnages avec le peuple de Teriana : les Maarin et certains membres de la Légion avec Marcus, Servius… On apprend à les connaître avec leurs motivations, leurs buts, leurs peurs.
Pour l’histoire, j’ai mis un peu de temps à rentrer dedans car c’était le temps pour moi de m’adapter au style de l’auteure. J’ai vraiment aimé l’intrigue, il y a encore des secrets non dévoilés, des possibles trahisons et des combats en devenir. La scène où nos personnages doivent franchir un passage afin d’arriver au Dark Shores est mémorable et fait froid dans le dos. Bref, une fois dedans, impossible de le lâcher. C’est prenant, on se demande quel chemin va prendre l’histoire. On s’attache facilement à certains personnages.
Pour conclure, j’ai vraiment beaucoup aimé ce premier tome et j’ai hâte de lire le tome deux qui nous fera suivre l’histoire de Lydia, la meilleure amie de Teriana et d’un nouveau personnage, Killian. Ce qui est sûr, c’est que je m’intéresserais aussi à Bridge Kingdom dans le futur.