Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Child Of A Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica
Child Of A Hidden Sea is a combination of familiar fantasy tropes within a wonderful setting. I loved the world building within this book. Stormwrack is an alternate earth with larger seas, numerous islands, fantastical creatures, diverse cultures and a honor based legal system. It's an intriguing mixture of familiar and new. I liked how the magic system was simple but had numerous effects. The portal connection was vaguely explained but I enjoyed how it created additional opportunities and complications with the incorporation of modern technology. The world building was further enhanced by the main character having a scientific outlook and inquisitive personality.
I loved these elements of the story and I thought it had a strong beginning. However, the story soon settled and lost some of it's charm for me. Mainly to do with characterization inconsistencies of the main character. I didn't care much for the sleuthing aspects of the investigation or subsequent trial. Overall, I thought Child Of A Hidden Sea was an okay story that possessed wonderful world building.
[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Tor Books, through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.]