Minda’s drunkie review of These Divided Shores (Stream Raiders #2) by Sara Raasch. I read this ages ago, but kept putting off the review ::crying faces::. For a refresher, my review of These Rebel Waves.
What I drank prior: This new mama is TI-RED. And slightly tipsy on leftover Chardonnay from her mama’s stay. Yes, very cheap unowked Chardonnay that is as good as it sounds.
The thrilling sequel to These Rebel Waves—full of deadly magic, double crosses, and a revolution—from Sara Raasch, the bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series.
As a child, she committed unforgivable acts to free Grace Loray from King Elazar of Argrid. Now Elazar’s plan to retake the island has surpassed Lu’s darkest fears: he’s holding her and his son, Ben, captive in an endlessly shifting prison, forcing them to make a weapon that will guarantee Elazar’s success. Escape is impossible—unless Lu becomes the ruthless soldier she hoped never to be again.
Vex failed to save Lu and Ben—and that torments him as much as his Shaking Sickness. With the disease worsening, Vex throws himself into the rebellion against Argrid. The remaining free armies are allied with the stream raider syndicates—and getting them to cooperate will take a strength Vex thought burned on a pyre six years ago.
Imprisoned, betrayed, and heartbroken, Ben is determined to end his father’s rampage. Watching Elazar sway the minds of Grace Loray as he did those of Argrid, Ben knows he has to play his father’s game of devotion to win this war. But how can a heretic prince defeat the Pious God?
As armies clash and magic rises, Lu, Vex, and Ben will confront their pasts . . . or lose their futures forever.
My Summary: The second in the duology picks up with our heores Lu and Ben impresioned by Ben’s dad–the Argridian ruler, Elazar–and Vex helping to lead the Grace Lorayian rebellion. As the rebellino grows, each finds their role in keeping plant magic alive and defending Grace Loray from the Argridian religion and iron-fist rule, regardless of how dangerous it gets.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: Ok so think this sequel and final in the series holds up. I dind’t love it since my least fave part ended up being super important. It got a little convoluted for my liking since it would have been fine/same outcome without, but yolo. Still think the plant-based magic–permanent or otherwise–is amaze and super creative.
Characters: Lu is still our main squeeze in the Grace Loray camp and this time she’s not messing around. Though her self-hatred for something totally out of her control did grate on me a little. Followed by peusdo-pirate and lapsed royal court member Vex who is all about her. Then my faves Argridian prince Ben and his Gunnar, another pirate/Grace Lorayian with special permanent powers. Heart hands. And then…OK SMALL CHILD WE SEE YOU. Unfortunately. Teo is back and in full pout mood. Plus Ben’s ex Jake is still here, too, because reasons.
Plot: I was not expecting all the twists! Seriously, twists here for days. There was, like, a lot going on between the permanent plant-magic subplot, plus the King’s takeover of Grace Loray, plus lineage stuff, plus whatever is happening with Lu’s dad’s betrayal and the #smallchildYAtrope. I appreciate that I truly didn’t know if they would win though, so the stakes were high.
World Building: Continued to totally dig the plant-based magic concept and wrought history between Grace Loryians and the Argridians. Plus, the incorporation of religion aspects into that history. The motives here re: permanent magic were super interesting, too.
F’n Teo, amirite? I guess that’s why he was featured so hard in the last book, but ugh. And then it like didn’t even matter.
What to pair it with: MINT JULEP. With extra mint, of course. Maybe it has magical properties.
Rating: 4.5/5 shots