Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for A Sea of Eternal Woe by R.L. Davennor hosted by MTMC Tours. The adventures of A Land of Never After continue in its thrilling sequel A Sea of Eternal Woe, where Sinbad meets The Little Mermaid. Out on August 30th, 2022 from Night Muse Press!
Read on below for a book review, book-inspired quotes, and how to enter to the International giveaway where you can win paperback copies or ebook copies of A Dance with the Devil, A Land of Never After, and A Sea of Eternal Woe!
As Captain Wendy Maynard..
I have everything I ever dared dream of. A ship all my own. Friends by my side. A purpose—and a home. I should have known it would all go to shit.
The exhausting combination of storms and outrunning monsters have left The Jolly Serpent battered and broken, and my crew no longer trusts me to pick up the pieces. Just when it looks like Peter and I are about to be thrown overboard, the unlikeliest of saviors shows up…
I didn’t plan on seeing Captain Hook again so soon, but he needs me, and I need him. The sea witch Ursa is hiding far more than secrets, and if the rumors are to be believed? Her realm makes the horrors of Neverland look warm and fuzzy in comparison. Failure to retrieve what we’ve lost simply isn’t an option. If we do, it’s not our lives Ursa wants.
It’s our very souls.
A Sea of Eternal Woe is book two in the Curses of Never Series: dark fantasy retellings inspired by Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid. Perfect for fans of Pirates of the Caribbean and Lost Boy by Christina Henry, these LGBTQ+ friendly adult reimaginings are filled to the brim with monsters, magic, and pirates. This installment contains language, violence, sexual content, gender dysphoria, and instances of transphobia, including misgendering.
⮞ 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐬𝐲𝐧𝐨𝐩𝐬𝐢𝐬 ⮜
The story follows Wendy and her close ones on a new and more dangerous adventure, to meet Kaara – Ursa herself. Each with a different bargain in mind will have to lose something before being able to gain something and as things don’t always go as planned, chaos ensued before things even begin.
⮞ 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 ⮜
The characters each hold a dear piece of my heart! On one hand, I love the dark and morally grey characters on the other hand I love the innocence some still possess.
In general, I had a love/hate relationship with Wendy, and I’ve enjoyed and hated her character at the same time. I’ve loved her because she is indeed selfless and would give her life for those who she loves but at the same time, she’s so stubborn that she doesn’t see how much the people around her love her and would do anything for her to be happy and safe, instead she is just causing trouble where there is no trouble. I mean I totally get it, she’s a teenager and she’s going through that rebel phase where she thinks everything’s the way she sees stuff and other opinions don’t really matter or are correct, however, she definitely has grown a lot from the first book and I am enjoying her for the fact she’s trying to get closer to her parents – but there’s still a long way for them to be a happy family.
Hook has definitely changed during this book, we’ve seen so many soft parts of him and how deep he loves but also how messed up his childhood has been that he has trouble knowing what a good parent is – which is understandable. In my opinion, he and Elvira have the biggest character growth throughout this book, they have changed so much from the first book and I’ve loved the growth.
Peter Pan, on the other hand, didn’t show up that much throughout the book to be able to see how much he grew as a character but the end of the book definitely leaves the door open for his transformation and definitely a new adventure to come and I’m definitely excited to know another side of Peter Pan that we’ve never seen before – especially since his words at the end were full on the promise of revenge.
⮞ 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝-𝐁𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 ⮜
The world-building has definitely caused me to be anxious on more than one occasion especially when water was involved – being underwater is just a nightmare for me lol and the adventure they’ve gone through definitely made me hold my breath together with them. Kaara’s place was fantastic but also claustrophobic at the same time, her world is as chaotic as herself. The trials they had to go through were definitely interesting and made me hold my breath for a good outcome.
⮞ 𝐌𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐜 𝐒𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐦 ⮜
The magic system felt a bit confusing to me because out of a sudden we’ve had Wendy who sort of has some magical powers but just like the reader, no one exactly knows where her power comes from or why is she sensitive to the magic around her and she’s able to communicate with the strange creatures that lay under the water. It’s definitely an interesting subject that I hope is going to be a bit more developed in the next book because I’d love to know why Wendy’s affected by magic the way she is and where her powers come from – just as her we’re clueless and hopefully we’ll find it together.
⮞ 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐞 ⮜
If you love spice in books then this one is for you. I’d put the spice in the book round 4 peppers flames because you’ve got enough details on some scenes and hard language. The spice and the sexual tension were just perfect, I loved the new change.
⮞ Overall opinion ⮜
If you enjoy retellings with a twist then this is a perfect read. I enjoyed the story, the pace, the characters, and the world-building. The whole story kept you going from the very beginning and also the LGBT+ inclusions into the book were amazing. I legit had no dull moments and everything was an ongoing action, sarcasm and lots of trouble.
Disclosure: I’ve received an eBook copy of this book from the author and MTMC Tours in exchange for my honest opinion.
Raelynn Davennor is an author of fantasy and science fiction, a musician and composer, and a creature of the night.
Nestled among her fictional worlds full of darkness, dragons, and sassy heroines, you’ll often find a musical number or two. An accomplished performer, she’s made appearances with artists such as The Who, Weird Al, and Hugh Jackman on many of the largest stages in the United States.
Raelynn is usually lost in her head, dressing up in costume, or humming a tune she can’t wait to scribble down. When not obsessing over her latest idea, she enjoys pampering her menagerie of pets and pretending she isn’t an adult.