Title: Sea of Darkness
Author(s): Isadora Brown and Rebecca Hamilton
Genre: Urban fantasy/paranormal romance
Rating: Four stars
“An unexpected partnership changes everything Sea Slayer Kelia Starling has grown up with one truth: Sea Shadows are vicious creatures that need to be eradicated. No exceptions. Not even for him. The Society’s sole purpose is to protect the general population from supernatural monsters, and Kelia’s their top Slayer. But when her father is murdered and her handler insists it’s suicide, she starts to question whether The Society really has her best interests at heart.
Now, to solve her father’s death, Kelia must work with an unexpected ally: Drew Knight, an infamous Sea Shadow and the most beautiful creature Kelia has ever set eyes upon. A Sea Shadow who, without intending to, just may show her who the real enemy is…and it’ll only cost her one unnamed favor to be collected at a future date. But after her affiliation with Drew Knight is discovered, Kelia is forced to choose between what she’s known since the beginning of her existence…or a dark, terrifying truth that puts her life at risk.”
**Y’aaaargh there be spoilers here!**
Who’s driving this thing?
Kelia Starling, a seventeen-year-old Slayer with The Society, an organisation that dedicates itself to ridding the world of Sea Shadows: vampires that dominate the high seas. Kelia is a stoic character who has been raised by a father quite shut off from his emotions and refuses to express them and she has grown up mimicking his behaviour.
Kelia has a strong sense of loyalty that not only gets her into trouble but sometimes keeps her there. She deals with being a woman in a man’s world very well and doesn’t rise to the criticism. Kelia cares about duty first and foremost, whether that be to The Society or to her family and friends.
My favourite part about Kelia was her forthright attitude that doesn’t get in the way of her having friends. So often if the strong, female characters are focused on something, they don’t have time for anything else. She’s a multi-faceted character for sure!
What’s this all about?
After capturing a newly-turned Sea Shadow under The Society’s orders, Kelia discovers her father has been killed. Her handler, a man named Rycroft tells her that her father committed suicide, still overcome with the death of her mother. Unconvinced, Kelia goes looking for answers and discovers her father’s injuries look like a Sea Shadow attack.
With The Society keeping the real cause of her father’s death from her, Kelia turns to a most unlikely source to find answers: renowned and surprisingly handsome Sea Shadow, Andrew Knight.
With her new ally’s help, Kelia soon discovers that The Society are far more involved in the business of Sea Shadows than just their destruction. After learning her father was murdered upon discovering these secrets, Kelia’s loyalties are soon divided between The Society who helped raise her and this dashing Sea Shadow they told her was her enemy.
What’s so great about it?
As I’ve said in my other posts, I’ve wanted to explore the vampire pirate sub-genre for a while now and it was really fun!
The characters are great, distinct and give us all the right feels. There’s a lot of mystery in this book and it doesn’t give itself away, plus the framing of an old-fashioned society in a supernatural setting gives it a nice gritty feel that I was really hoping for when I started reading this book.
The nods to an even more developed storyline to be revealed in the rest of the series has made me eager to read the next book, although Sea of Darkness is a really easy read. It’s too easy to turn the pages on this one and get lost for an afternoon.
What’s not so great about it?
Considering it’s a historical urban fantasy set in the Carribean, I was hoping for more vivid imagery but it’s kinda skipped over a bit. Also, there weren’t that many vampires in this one and though I’m sure there will be more in future books, I hoped there’d be a bit more fang-action.
Where can I get it?
Sea of Darkness is, as always, available on Amazon at fairly standard prices in e-book, paperback and audiobook format. The Amazon link is right here for ya!
Thanks for reading!