Of Sea and Stone (Secrets of Itlantis #1)
Kate Avery Ellison
Published: 2nd February, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance
Age: Young Adult
From: Xpresso Book Tours
All her life, clever Aemi has been a slave in the Village of the Rocks, a place where the sea and sky meet. She’s heard the stories about the fabled People of the Sea, a people who possess unimaginable technology who live below the waves in the dark, secret places of the ocean. But she never dreamed those stories were true.
When a ship emerges from the ocean and men burn her village, Aemi is captured, and enslaved below the waves in Itlantis, a world filled with ancient cities of glass and metal, floating gardens, and wondrous devices that seem to work magic. To make matters worse, her village nemesis, the stuck-up mayor’s son Nol, was captured with her, and they are made servants in the same household beneath the sea.
Desperate to be free, Aemi plots her escape, even going so far as to work with Nol. But the sea holds more secrets than she realizes, and escape might not be as simple as leaving…
What I liked: I really liked watching this story unfold, Aemi was a fun character to follow and she struggled with her loyalties while also being smart. It made for an interesting character and plenty of interesting moments. Nol was a character who ended up making me do a double take and question everything about him with his motives and his character completely because of what he ends up doing. This story was anything but predictable for me, and I loved that! While there wasn’t much world building for Itlantis, it wasn’t really needed and every piece we learned added to what we needed to know about this underwater empire.
What I didn’t like: There were a few points where things seemed very coincidental to me that I didn’t like, but that was it really.
Overall Review: Of Sea and Stone is a wonderful book that is full of convincing characters who I really loved reading about and who I look forward to reading about in the next book, By Sun and Saltwater. Aemi is a character who goes through many events that makes her question herself and this book also has one big, surprise twist at the end that surprised me enough to really want to see what happens in By Sun and Saltwater!
Recommend?: It’s a really well done book, and while it didn’t always elicit emotions from me about certain things, it was a good fantasy book that I do recommend!
My Rating: 3.5/5
Review by Bri