by Kate Avery Ellison
(Secrets of Itlantis #1)
Release Date: February 2nd, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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…
First off, that cover is holy wow gorgeous blue! And second, I really enjoyed Of Sea and Stone! It was a wonderfully written, richly detailed story that had me gripped from the beginning. It may have been short, but it was a great start to the series!
Even though this was a quick and short read, I could still connect with the main character, Aemi. She's a live-in servant to one of the richest families in the Village of the Rocks, but she wants more than that. She wants to be free, and she wants to live her own life. But she never would have chosen captivity. Aemi is tough and strong-willed, even though she's tossed back into the same world she's longed to leave. Being a servant living in an ancient underwater city, Aemi is out of her element, but that doesn't stop her from trying to learn its secrets so she can escape.
I wish the secondary characters and her relationships with them had been a bit more developed, went a little deeper, but I think we'll see more connections being formed in the sequel. And I hope the sequel will also bring us a romance. I liked that this book didn't focus on it! I don't think I could even say it had a romance. I think this story was more about introducing us to the characters, the major players, and the relationships. And it had a strong plot.
The world-building is wonderful and very detailed. It's a fascinating unique spin on Atlantis. I'm intrigued by where this is all heading. And even though the twist is sort of easy to guess, it didn't make it any less surprising by what was happening in the story and how it all played out. The plot was fast-paced and built up to a climatic ending that left me interested in reading the sequel for more.
I really enjoyed Of Sea and Stone!
3.5 Paw Prints!
I’ve been making up stories since I was five years old, and now I’m thrilled to be able to do it as a full-time job. I have an obsession with dark fantasy, dystopian futures, and Pride and Prejudice-style love stories full of witty banter and sizzling, unspoken feelings. When I’m not writing, I’m creating digital art, reading funny blogs, or watching my favorite shows (which include TVD and BSG). I live with my geeky husband and our two bad cats in Atlanta, GA.