Today I am bringing you another BBNYA 2021 finalist blog tour, courtesy of The Write Reads! This is for Beneath Cruel Fathoms by Anela Deen which I read for the final round and absolutely loved.
I received this book to read and review as part of the 2021 BBNYA competition and the BBNYA tours organised by the TWR Tour team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.
BBNYA is a yearly competition where Book Bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website http://www.bbnya.com or twitter @bbnya_official.
The sign-ups will soon be open for the 2022 BBNYA competition, be it for authors to enter their books, or for bloggers wanting to be part of the new panel, so keep your eyes peeled!!
After a violent storm destroys her ship, Isaura Johansdottir knows better than to hope she’ll be rescued from Eisland’s vast Failock Sea. Adrift and alone, her plans to start over lost, it’s a tragic conclusion after the disastrous end of her marriage—until she’s saved by Leonel, one of the merfolk, a creature long believed extinct. In repayment for her life, Leonel enlists her help to investigate the Failock’s mysterious and deadly plague of squalls. But when Isaura discovers Eisland’s ruthless new Lord commands the storms, her life will be in more danger on land than it ever was at sea.
As guardian of the Fathoms, Leonel must find the cause of unnatural storms ravaging the tidal currents and destroying the sea life. There are rumors of dark magic stirring in the Orom Abyss, the resting place of old, vanquished gods who tried to submerge the land millennia ago. Yet without proof, no one in King Ægir’s court will listen to him. And if it’s discovered he broke the Blue Laws to save a shipwrecked landweller, he might not survive the consequences.
As storms spread, Leonel and Isaura uncover secrets as forbidden as the bond that grows between them. Betrayal lurks in the restless sea, and when ancient powers lay siege to Eisland’s coast, the truth may be drowned along with everything else.
This book was wonderful! I loved the characters of Isaura and Leonel throughout the book, I really felt like they were so vivid and the romance between the two of them was absolutely wonderful and I hope to see more of it in the future. The other characters were also well developed and I really liked how it was all seemingly based on norse mythology with Aegir being the court that Leonel was from. I found it all incredibly interesting with the mythological creatures, and of course the family dynamics for Isaura’s family because they were all so loving to one another and I hope that nothing bad happens to them in the next books.
The plot was well constructed and well paced and I really liked how all the subplots linked together. Plus, the final confrontation was dramatic and very well written. Plus, it still made me very excited for the second book in the trilogy because there is a lot still to come with Leonel and Isaura. Especially because of that ending and the cliffhanger that it left us all with. And of course, as I have already mentioned the mythological aspects and world building were really wonderful and just helped tie it all together.
The writing was engaging and well paced and the book was just so much fun! I raced through it very quickly and just had the best time reading it. I hope that the next book is coming out soon because I need to know what happens after that cliffhanger!
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