All the Stars and Teeth
Author Adalyn Grace
Publisher Imprint | 2020
She will reign.
As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.
When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.
But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever. (from Goodreads)
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YAY. ❤ I’m so happy I loved this one. I took a chance and bought this because of the beautiful cover and interesting synopsis, and I’m super happy to add this to my bookshelf! What a lovely debut! I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and I read it slower than normal so I got to savor it a bit more, which was nice. The plot was well-paced, the worldbuilding and magical systems were fascinating and the characters were amazing with a lovely group dynamic! Woohoo!
“The world doesn’t work with only your eyes, Princess. There’s truth in more than what you can see.”
I’m an absolute sucker for a crew-on-a-ship-who-must-begrudgingly-work-together-to-journey-to-a-magical-land-and-defeat-evil group dynamic (*cough* Conjuring of Light *cough*)! The second that the original trio of characters got together, I was hyped, because I could tell that they would be a lot of fun together. I WAS VERY RIGHT. It’s everything that I enjoy in a fantasy novel and it only got better once Vataea came along! I LOVE FERRICK. SO MUCH. PROTECT FERRICK. He is my absolute favorite character and I only want good things for him. I’m really happy with how the author wrote him, especially in regards to his and Amora’s relationship. I feel like there could have been a long, drawn-out thing about their engagement and their feelings and blah blah blah, but I loved that it was moved past quickly and their relationship was still able to grow, albeit in a different direction than they originally planned. Vataea was amazing and she’s my second fave. I’m super interested to learn more about her powers in the next book, and I loved her friendship with Amora! I really liked Bastien and Amora as well, but Ferrick and Vataea really stole the show for me. Ugh, love them.
“But even our idols– even those we want to love and trust more than anything– can let us down. It’s time we accept it and face the reality they left us with.”
I very much enjoyed the magical systems in this book! The different islands were really fun and all of the corresponding magics were awesome! I hope we learn more about the other islands in the future. I thought the pacing was good and I was shocked by the reveals in the last couple of chapters, though they were set up nicely. I’m pretty thrilled with how everything in this book wrapped up, and I’m curious to see how they could play into the next book. It’s obvious we’re gonna look a bit more into curse magic, so I’m excited for that. Overall, I’m really pleased with this book and it’s definitely one of my faves of the year so far! LOVE YOU FERRICK!