Author: Ciye Cho
Published: November 28th 2012
Series: Florence Waverley #2
Genre: Young Adult, Mermaid. Fantasy
Being the only human in a world of merfolk... isn't easy. Florence Waverley chose to stay in Niemela, but things have gone awry. Secrets have risen and the prince she cares about has pulled away. All the while, dark dreams warn her of a tragedy that only she can stop. But in order to save the merman she loves, Florence will have to enter the Life Path tournament: a brutal test of fear and madness.
The tournament is a rite of passage--a maze where young mermaids and mermen battle to find their purpose. It is also a place where Florence will face grave danger: mermaids with evil magic, tunnels filled with sea fire, and guardians who wish to use her as a pawn in their secret plans. But will Florence be strong enough to survive the tournament... or will she perish inside it?
Everything hangs in the balance: her life, her world, and her love.- Goodreads
I received an ebook copy of this novel from the author in return for an honest review.
This is the second book in the Florence Waverley Series, check out my review of the first novel here!
I really enjoyed the first novel in this series and I was eagerly anticipating when I would get a chance to pick the sequel up. I am glad to say that it didn't disappoint! This novel begins right after Rolan's coronation as King of Niemela, and any of the story we missed, including the coronation itself is filled in nicely by flashbacks from Florence. I thought these flashbacks were used well, not too frequently to become annoying, but sparingly enough to allow the reader a full picture of what had happened between the books.
In this novel Florence takes part in the Life Path tournament, (think Tri-Wizard Tournament, underwater, with careers for the victors) which I really enjoyed reading about, as it was action packed and edge-of-your-seat reading. There is definitely more action in this novel than the last, the Life Path tournament introduced more action and also introduced the readers to an enormous number of new creatures which were interesting to read about.
Rolan is the main love interest in this series, and he was very frustrating to read about in the beginning, as a complete change had come over him since the end of Book 1. Whereas in book 1 he was quite warm and caring towards Florence by the end, in the beginning of this novel he is distracted and cold towards her. Thankfully he didn't keep up his stubborn distance and coldness to Florence for very long. As a reader, I was able to better understand why Rolan was acting that way through a few short chapters of this novel being from his P.O.V. As well as allowing insights into his thoughts and feelings, it allowed us to read a little bit more about the goings on in the kingdom of Niemela.
Florence is also different in this novel, but in a more positive sense. She is much more confident, she feels like she has found her place, where she belongs in Niemela. Florence is one of my favourite female protagonists to read about as she is very strong and always stands up for herself and things she believes in. I also enjoy the fact that she doesn't let anyone, especially Rolan boss her around.
I also like the relationship between Florence and Rolan, I think it's super sweet and it developed nicely towards the end of the book.
Overall I really enjoyed this sequel. It is a quick read that continues and develops what was in traduced in Book1. I look forward to reading the next book in the series to see how the story develops further in a world that has intrigued me from the beginning.