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On These Black Sands By Vanessa Rasanen

ARC Book Review 

Synopsis:

AN HEIR ON THE RUN

In one month, Aoife Cascade will turn twenty and take her seat on the Council of Cregah, an honor she’s been preparing for her whole life. But when she lets a secret slip to her mother with devastating consequences, all her plans for the future crumble. Believing her people to be better off without her, she flees Cregah, stowing away aboard a pirate ship bound for dangerous waters.

A PIRATE CAPTAIN WHO NEEDS HER HELP

Captain Declan McCallagh is young compared to the pirate lords, but after twelve years on the grueling sea, he has earned a well-respected ship and the attention of the lords, who’d like nothing better than to see his ruin. All he wants is to leave the Aisling Sea—and his past—behind him. But when his sister demands he find the enchanted dagger her rebel faction needs to overthrow the ruling Council, he’ll have to decide whether to cast off all family ties or take the perilous voyage to waters guarded by sirens, only passable with the help of the last remaining fae, currently imprisoned by the Council.

 

MY REVIEW:

While I found this book a little slow to build up in the beginning, it soon made up for it in the pacing once the two main characters were introduced to each other and the quest that they have to undertake begins. I found that once this happened the pace and writing flowed much easier and we started to get the banter and angst that I expected from this novel. 

I have to say that it did not disappoint. I loved the Irish names and references and I thought it really added depth to the story.  The characters were well rounded, even if Aoife did drive me crazy on occasion I understood it was because of her background and upbringing. 

The end of the book had me on the edge of my seat and I need book two NOW!!

I would definitely class this as a 4 star read and will be pre-ordering it. 

March 17, 2021 — Angela Porter

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