Dark Shores By Danielle Jensen
In a world divided by meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans, only the Maarin possess the knowledge to cross the Endless Seas. But they have one mandate: East must never meet West.
A SAILOR WITH A WILL OF IRON
Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense and heir to the Maarin Triumvirate. Her people are born of the seas and the keepers of its secrets, but when her closest friend is forced into an unwanted betrothal, Teriana breaks her people’s mandate so her friend might escape—a choice with devastating consequences.
A SOLDIER WITH A SECRET
Marcus is the commander of the Thirty-Seventh, the notorious legion that has led the Celendor Empire to conquer the entire East. The legion is his family, but even they don’t know the truth he’s been hiding since childhood. It’s a secret he’ll do anything to protect, no matter how much it costs him – and the world.
A DANGEROUS QUEST
When an Empire senator discovers the existence of the Dark Shores, he captures Teriana’s crew and threatens to reveal Marcus’s secret unless they sail in pursuit of conquest, forcing the two into an unlikely—and unwilling—alliance. They unite for the sake of their families, but both must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much they are willing to sacrifice.
Well, Holy Moly! Why have I not read this book sooner?
This book is written from our two main characters' POV. We have Teriana the pirate heir and Marcus, Legatus (leader) of the Thirty-Seventh Legion. Their views are very different and engaging to read. That is until their goals start to match without them even knowing. I like that they still have very different views on the way things should be done which is logical as they are from very different backgrounds.
We follow this pair and the crew and legion from the main city streets, through a harrowing sea journey with fighting gods. To then land in a part of their world not known by the empire where they face different and complex people and cultures. Form local bonds and create some issues along the way.
This book has everything from family disputes, land battles to angst between characters. I was so thoroughly taken by Danielle's easily following writing and ability to transition from scene to scene, that I devoured this book in 24 hours. It's easily a 5-star read for me and I'm diving straight into book 2.
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