Happy Friday and welcome to my stop on the tour for A Sea of Pearls & Leaves by Rosalyn Briar. I could not be more excited to share this book with you. It’s definitely one of my favorites of 2021 so far, and I dare say this was a refreshing read for an Adult dark fantasy romance novel. It gave me vibes similar to The Cerulean by Amy Ewing (which is one of my all time fav YA fantasy duologies). As always, don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour, as each stop has something different to share.
A Sea of Pearls & Leaves by Rosalyn Briar
Published: December 1, 2020
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Romance
Age Group: Adult
Pages: 275 (Print Length)
CW: This novel contains violence, sexual situations, and adult language.
Princess Ingrid of Norella Isle does not want to get married. So, her priestess girlfriend, Lilura, devises a wicked plot to deter suitors with a nearly impossible marriage contract: should Ingrid die first, her husband must be buried at sea beside her.
The plan backfires when all seven suitors agree, and the king announces a competition for Ingrid’s hand. Ingrid must keep her head above water as she deals with the suitors, a jealous girlfriend, and the news of two murdered priestesses.
As the suitors are eliminated, one man stands out: the quirky and anxious Prince Soren who charms both Ingrid and Lilura. When Lilura goes missing, Ingrid and Soren must piece together who has murdered the priestesses and why before it’s too late.
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55459449-a-sea-of-pearls-leaves
- Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KHF1Z8Y
- Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-sea-of-pearls-leaves-rosalyn-briar/1137787227
Rosalyn Briar is a former teacher who is married to her high school sweetheart. Together, they have built a beautiful life and have two fearless daughters. Rosalyn is obsessed with gothic fairy tales, scary movies, sun dresses, traveling, and reading books. She is the published author of The Crown of Bones and A Sea of Pearls & Leaves, both of which are fairy tale retellings. Rosalyn is also the host of #NovelBuilding, a daily Twitter question with monthly themes for fellow writers to connect. When Rosalyn isn’t writing or reading, you can find her playing dress up with her two princesses or exploring the woods for wildflowers.
My Review –
A Sea of Pearls and Leaves is a beautiful, action packed retelling with magical sea elements, merciful gods and mythical creatures. I really loved the usage of the myth of the doppelgänger, it’s such a fascinating myth and felt like it fit well in the story. The representation of the love between Ingrid and Lili, and how they handled the fact that Ingrid has to marry in order to become Queen some day, was full of soul, lust and truly deep. Their relationship definitely made the competition for Ingrid’s hand a sticky situation. In all the characters were very well written, and were purposeful to the plot. I enjoyed the use of religion and beliefs, and how diverse it was among the people of Norella Isle and surrounding countries. This was a one sitting read for me, and one that I definitely will revisit for a reread when I find myself stuck in a slump or just missing Ingrid, Lili and Soren.
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Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!