Book Review: The Sunken Realm by Serena Chase

Title: The Sunken Realm
Author: Serena Chase
Published: September 2015, Candent Gate
Series: Eyes of E’veria, Book 4
Genre: YA Fantasy, Christian Fiction

If you saw the series of “E’veria Week” posts I shared back in June, you know I’m a big fan of Serena Chase’s Eyes of E’veria series, and that I’ve been waiting in eager anticipation for my chance to read this book. Today, I’m pleased to share my review.

About the Book (from Goodreads):

She is an outcast among knights.

Her reputation in ruins, her knighthood revoked, and her future bleak, Erielle de Gladiel would have welcomed death as her due. Captured by pirates, she was beaten, whipped, branded a thief—and worse—and then set adrift to die. She did not expect—or even want—to be rescued. Especially not by the dashing blasted pirate now calling himself her husband.

He is the King of Pirates.

His oath satisfied and his Legacy secured, Cazien vows vengeance on all who harmed Erielle. But before he can hunt them down, a strange visitor appears with an urgent message—a message that aligns with prophecy Erielle has written in her sleep: The Seahorse Pirates must reach Nirista before the famed Tournament of the Twelve . . . or hundreds of stolen children will die.

Together, they are relentless.

With the fate of many resting upon them, Cazien and Erielle sail to Nirista. Once there, they are forced to follow separate paths to achieve their aims. Treacheries are uncovered and allies are gained, but in the shadows, a hidden foe plots a grievous betrayal that could shatter not only their hope, but the Seahorse Legacy itself.

The epic conclusion of this series-within-a series, The Sunken Realm sweeps Erielle and Cazien along a pulse-pounding voyage to discover all they are meant to become, together. Giving subtle nods to several fairy tales, including an unexpected twist to the story of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, this romantic YA pirate adventure is the final novel in the Eyes of E’veria series . . . but the Seahorse Pirates and their friends in E’veria may yet have stories to tell.

My Thoughts:

Such a great series! This final installment in the Eyes of E’veria series is packed full of action, adventure, romance, witty banter, and a unique blend of clever piratey justice.

I loved being reunited with the charming Cazien and spunky Erielle to see their heroic quest through to its conclusion. With unexpected plot twists, vivid description, a hearty portion of danger and suspense, and some swoon-worthy romantic bits, this tale was delightfully fun to read.

But what really impressed me about this book and this series as a whole is that it’s not just a fun read. There are also powerful truths, beautifully expressed, and interwoven into the fabric of the tale. About God’s love for us, about love as a choice, about redemption, and more.

This is a story worth remembering and worth reading again. And I very much look forward to reading future books by this author, whether to revisit E’veria and Eachan Isle or to embark on a whole new reading adventure.

Thank you to the author for providing a complimentary electronic copy of this book for review purposes.

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