The Sea Stone – The Dragon Saga, Book 2
Themes & Genres: Fantasy, Japanese Mythology, Fairytales, magic
The fate of the world rests on Suzume’s shoulders—if she doesn’t set it on fire first. As she struggles to master her abilities, she must also contend with an overprotective dragon. Kaito only sees her as a princess in need of saving, but she is anything but.
When a mysterious stranger unlocks new potential in Suzume, it drives an even bigger wedge between Kaito and her. But despite the warnings of her allies, Suzume chooses a dangerous path to power. Can she learn to control her gift before it consumes her and the entire world?
What I think of the book:
The Sea Stone is the second book in the Dragon Saga by Nicolette Andrews and while I’d seen this fantasy world already established in The Priestess and the Dragon, as well as in Kitsune (Book 1 in another series, set in the same world), I still very much enjoyed it.
I think this was my favorite part of The Sea Stone – the Japanese-inspired world and the magic in it. I would love to dive into the book and explore it on my own, even though there’s a good chance I’d get eaten by a yokai (a monster/demon).
Unfortunately, I did have a problem with the characters and even more unfortunately, it was the main two.
Kaito is overbearing and while sometimes that manages to come out as interesting or even funny, after a while it became too much for me. However, if you are into the male MC being possessive (I know some girls are crazy about that), then you should definitely check him out.
But let’s move on to Suzume. While in the first book it made sense for her to be whiny due to a sudden and drastic change in her living situation, it feels like we’ve taken a step back here. She showed promise of change in the later chapters of The Priestess and the Dragon, but here she’s back to constantly complaining (at least in her head) and doing things that she should’ve already learned not to. Once again, there’s a change towards the end of the book with her maturing and being more responsible, but it was a change that should’ve come sooner even if not to this extent. I’m really hoping that there will be more of the newer Suzume in Book 3.
It’s odd that I feel this way about the main characters because I know Nicolette can create interesting ones. As a matter of fact, I really like some of the side characters in this book and the main characters from other books by her that I’ve read.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend The Sea Stone to people who enjoy books based on Japanese history and mythology. While I complained about the two MCs, the world the story is set in is something worth checking out if you like magic. I also get an anime-influenced vibe when I’m reading the series, so if you are into anime, you might be interest in this.
My rating: (4 out of 5 fireballs)
Would I re-read this book? Maybe. I thought I remembered The Priestess and the Dragon enough not to have to re-read it before I started The Sea Stone, but it turned out that I had forgotten about one of the characters who is also in Book 2. Since I’m interested in the third book, I might re-read this one before I start that one.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes.
Where can you buy the book?
- amazon.com (link takes you straight to the book)
Add The Sea Stone to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)
Check out a sneak peek from Ch. 1 of The Sea Stone here.
Other books by this author that I’ve already reviewed:
- The Priestess and the Dragon – Dragon Saga, Book 1
- Kitsune – Tales of Akatsuki, Book 1
- Heart of Thorns – Thornwood Series, Book 1
Want to know a little bit about Nicolette? Read the interview she gave me!
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