Princess Amora Montara has been training all her life to use the magic only her family has, soul magic. Before she can become queen of the island kingdom of Visidia, she must prove her magic in a test conducted in front of her entire kingdom. When the test goes wrong, she runs away with a dastardly pirate and her betrothed to prove that she is the true ruler of her kingdom.
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I was going to. Granted I was in a Kingdom of Ash hangover, but it didn’t grab my attention until at least 50 pages in. However, once I was interested, I was completely captivated by this fantasy adventure.
Amora started off kind of whiny to me, but once she left her kingdom, I really started to like her. I felt really bad for her because she wasn’t allowed to do anything she wanted ever. Her father was an overbearing helicopter dad and I didn’t understand why he would expect she could rule the kingdom if he never let her do anything. I also found their magic lessons in the dungeon very creepy and I honestly don’t understand why she wouldn’t question how weird that was. I guess it’s because it was all she ever knew so why should she question it.
I found all the different magics of the book extremely fascinating! The legend of why people can’t practice more than one magic sounded very questionable to me and kept me reading to see if it was actually true. I felt such sympathy for Amora because of how much people resented her for her power or were just plain scared of her. Her power was also really intriguing to me and a perfect thing to read about for the fall season. It would be a great power to have, but I feel like it would be really hard to use when you were in a pinch.
I loved loved loved Bastian! He was so suave and a perfect new book boyfriend for me! I loved his banter with Amora and I loved that he was never afraid of Amora’s power. He served as a great companion towards Amora because he brought out the best in her and encouraged her to be brave and be herself. I also am a sucker for a pirate and I loved how attached he was to his boat.
My favorite part of this entire series was definitely the mermaid. She was just so bloodthirsty and awesome! I want to know more about her story such as, where she comes from? What other powers does she have? I think she was the real MVP of the novel personally, but maybe I’m a little biased because I am obsessed with mermaids. Her powers that were shown in the novel were definitely the old school myth variety and not Disney friendly, but that was a plus for me. I also loved the developing friendship that she and Amora developed over the course of the novel. I could see something more than friendship developing as well, but if Amora chooses to be with Bastian, I would be okay with that too.
The epilogue ended on a note of unfinished business and I was worried that there wasn’t going to be a sequel. However, a google search has confirmed that this is a duology so I am relieved and anticipating the next release!
Overall, this was a great adventure tale that filled my heart with the sea and the wickedness of mermaids.
My Book Rating
4/5 Book World
All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
Published by Imprint on February 4, 2020
Copy Read: Hardcover