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Review: The Sunken Realm by Serena Chase

the-sunken-realm-by-serena-chasejpgThe Sunken Realm by Serena Chase
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Candent Gate
Date: September 28, 2015

I have a confession to make. I’ve been sitting on this review for a while. I could excuse it away with a busy schedule or laziness, but the reality is much different. See, this is the last book in a series. One of my favorite series. And the truth is, that I just don’t want this story to end. As brilliant and beautiful as this book is, it’s still the end and I’m not ready for it. I’m the person who refused to watch the last episode of Hart of Dixie for months and months because as long as I didn’t watch, there was still something there for me. This was similar. It’s a weird warped sense of logic, but it’s my weird warped sense of logic. So now that I have that out of the way, let’s discuss the book shall we?

When last we left Erielle, she was newly married to the pirate Cazien, but she didn’t really realize that yet. Our brave knight was in grave danger and only Cazien’s quick thinking, paired with the Seahorse Legacy, could save her.

So now, when she awakes and realizes the crazy turn her life has taken, what will happen? And can it be possible that the story can get even BETTER than the previous outings? Why yes, yes it can.

Erielle and Cazien take on an evil larger than anything that they’ve ever imagined in this final outing for our favorite E’verians. Carrying over from The Seahorse Legacy, the children of E’veria are still in danger and with everything pointing in a new direction, it looks like Erielle is going to need to step into her full legacy – and it isn’t being a knight. She’ll need to become a pirate in order to set things straight.

Serena Chase continues to astound with the quality of the story that she brings to the table. Her work in the fantasy realm should stand as a bar for other writers. This level of story, plot, character and even universe – this is what you want to achieve as a writer. The depth and richness of the twists and turns, the descriptions, and the situations the characters find themselves in are all unexpected but in a way that keeps you frantically flipping pages to find out what happens next.
I cannot highly recommend this book enough for anyone who loves fantasy, romance, or adventure. In fact, my 13 year old daughter has never read adventure or fantasy before. She’s pretty much stuck on historical fiction – specifically romance – as her favorite genre. However, I handed her my Ryn book (via my Kindle) a few weeks ago and since then she’s been absolutely buried in this universe. So much so that I heard my son yelling at her last night that reading has taken over her life and she’s become BORING. Her response? She launched immediately into a narrative on the Cobeld, E’veria, the pirates, and the Seahorse Legacy for him. Stunned my 11 year old into absolute silence with the passion of the story. You won’t want to miss this series. It’s a jewel among fantasy and it deserves pride of place on your bookshelves.

Review copy provided by the author – thank you Serena!