TOUR / REVIEW: Kingdom of Sea and Stone by Mara Rutherford

**I received an ARC from the publisher for this blog tour. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**

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Book: Kingdom of Sea and Stone (Crown of Coral and Pearl #2) by Mara Rutherford

Release Date: October 6, 2020

My Rating: 3 stars

Rep: wlw side character

Summary: 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…

Read my review of book one, Crown of Coral and Pearl.

I’m happy to be a part of the blog tour for Kingdom of Sea and Stone, hosted by Inkyard Press! My stop includes my review below.

I think the world is full of magic. It’s in the air and the water and the soil and the trees. But only some of us are capable of harnessing it. I sense you are one of those people, Nor.

I really enjoyed Crown of Coral and Pearl, so I was especially excited to return to this world. I was also looking forward to see more of these characters! Kingdom of Sea and Stone was a fast-paced sequel that explores new territories and familiar ones.

This review will contain spoilers for book one.

After returning to Varenia, Nor reunites with her twin sister Zadie. They are desperate to find Sami, but then Prince Talin returns with dire news; the three of them journey to a new land, Gareth, and meet new characters that aid them in their fight for Ilara and Varenia alike.

My favorite part about the first book was the characters, and this book was no exception. I liked how headstrong Nor is and how she’s willing to do anything for her family. Zadie also so obviously cares for Nor, and vice versa. We are also introduced to new characters, namely Roan, a commander, and Adriel, a witch. Lighthearted Roan adds some levity to the book while Adriel provides Nor with support when she has no one else to turn to. I really liked both of these new characters.

The plot was incredibly fast-paced; the characters were always on the move, eager to set out and defeat Ceren once and for all. The worldbuilding was also interesting. I really liked visiting Gareth and seeing how different their values were compared to Varenia and Ilara. Unlike Varenia, Gareth prizes accomplishment over beauty and allows for less restriction for women.

Honestly though, my biggest issue with the first book was Talin and that definitely carried over to this book. I just felt like he was a little underdeveloped as a love interest and important character, and I didn’t really care much for his scenes with Nor.

Overall, Kingdom of Sea and Stone wrapped up nicely and provided a good closing arc for Nor and the other characters. The ending was a little unexpected, but I liked how it left off. If you enjoy strong sister relationships or intriguing fantasy worlds, you should check out this series!

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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, from Russia to Peru, along with her Marine-turned-diplomat husband and two sons. A triplet born on Leap Day, Mara holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from the University of London and would rather study the folklore of her next post than the language (which she has found is a lot more fun but not nearly as useful). She is a former Pitch Wars mentee and three-time mentor.

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