I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Deepwater King by Claire McKenna
Series: The Deepwater Trilogy #2
Published by HarperVoyager on 24 June 2021
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy
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The sensational follow up to MONSTROUS HEART; a magical tale of intrigue on dark waters and a love story for the ages. The perfect gothic, gaslamp fantasy – ideal for fans of V.E. Schwab and China Mieville
Since losing her great love to the Queen of the Sainted Isles, Arden must fulfil an impossible promise before she can return home – she must complete the dangerous Rite that will return Jonah’s spirit to the abyssal Court of the Deepwater King.
This sets her off on a journey far out at sea to find believers of the old religion on the oil-slick and mysterious islands beyond the horizon. But such a responsibility will not come without sacrifice, for the Deepwater folk who worship the King require the most desperate payments the soul, and with one man Arden may have to pay the greatest price of all…
Astonishingly original, with world-building to rival the depths of the ocean, McKenna has drawn a rich tale of longing and courage – penning the perfect oceanic steampunk fantasy.
Okay done, so when I first signed up for Deepwater King I didn’t realise that it was part of a trilogy. Nor that it was the second book in the series. So to read in time I had to do some fast reading to catch up. And I am so glad that I did, as I have fallen in love and cannot wait for the final book.
You definitely need to read the first book to get into this one, otherwise this would be a mess of a book. Even with reading the first book and moving straight into this one I struggled a little bit. This is definitely a book that you need to binge read.
There were lots of mythical aspects that I enjoyed and I kind of wished that we had dived into the mythology in more detail. The idea of the blood magic and the law surround the use of the same made for an intriguing read.
I also loved the characters, especially Arden who is such a strong female lead.
I am curious to see how this series concludes and cannot wait for the next book. Deepwater King was just a taste of what is to come.