Book Review: Daughters of Fire and Sea

Daughters of Fire and Sea

  • Title: Daughters of Fire and Sea
  • Author: Holly Karlsson
  • Series: Daughters of Fire and Sea Trilogy, #1
  • Genre: High Fantasy
  • Publishing Date: September 27th, 2019
  • Publishing Co.: Indie
  • Length: 416 pages
  • Format: Kindle Unlimited, Paperback
  • Acquired: Given free paperback in exchange for an honest review
  • Amazon Link: Daughters of Fire and Sea

Abandoned by their mother, Elaina, at fifteen, twin sisters Lyric and Runa Graymorn are accustomed to living on their own. They’d always known there were secrets in their past, but when Elaina’s unexpected return threatens their lives, the sisters must flee from the only home they’ve ever known.

Embarking on an incredible journey deep into the Veil of the Underworld and out along the Tainted Shore, Lyric and Runa are shocked to learn myths are more real than they imagined and there is magic in their blood; magic they can use.

How will they respond to their new role as pawns at the heart of an age-old war? Will their bond survive their dangerous journey?

Final Judgment: 4.5 Stars out of 5

Twin sisters Lyric and Runa are living on their own after their mother abandoned them years ago. Isolated, their village believes them to be witches, and are scared. To make matters even worse, Runa’s body is missing. But, at just the right moment, their mother returns and they embark on a journey to find Runa’s body and learn about their family’s secrets. Including the magic they wield. And a war that they happen to be thrown into. Will they be able to survive, or will their family break apart under the strain?

The worldbuilding of this novel is amazing. There is magic, dragons, and Karlsson interweaves it all with a beautiful writing style, full of vivid descriptions and accurate metaphors. I read this 416 page book in about 3 days because I was so entranced by the world. I wanted to know more! It starts off relatively slow, keeping us readers needing to continue to the next page, and the next, and the next, to find the answers we so desperately need.

I also enjoyed the relationship between the twins. Their POV chapters were always the most engaging and I enjoyed getting to know them better. The other characters and their relationships and POV chapters were not quite up to par with Lyric and Runa, but I still liked them as well. There were always conflicts occurring, and each character reacted differently, with thoughts and emotions specific to them.

The biggest issue that I have with this novel was that things just seemed to happen to the twins. Everything seemed to be coincidence, with none of the characters truly in control. It made the story a bit too easy and unrealistic for me to truly suspend my disbelief.

However, the world and characters more than make up for the somewhat awkward plot. The book ends on a major cliffhanger, leaving me despairing for the next book in the series! I have soooo many questions that I need answered, and I’m hoping the next book will be able to satiate me!

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