Wednesday, August 1, 2018

ARC Review: These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

These Rebel Waves
Author: Sara Raasch
Series: These Rebel Waves (Book 1)
Publication: Balzer + Bray (August 7, 2018)

Description: A thrilling new fantasy series—full of deadly magic, double crosses, and a dangerous quest in a new world—from Sara Raasch, the New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series.
Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Agrid, a country ruled by religion.

But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he scavenges the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

My Thoughts: This book begins a new epic fantasy series. There are three main characters. Benat is the crown prince of Agrid who has become disillusioned about the actions of his father the king. However, there is little that he can do and must keep his discontent secret or face death as a heretic.

Adeluna was a child soldier for her home Grace Loray. After the Agridians were defeated, she hoped she could put aside the memories of the things she did and build a new peace for her country. However, the Agridians are just going away. Under the ruse of a peace treaty, they are doing their best to break up the alliances formed during the revolution and conquer the country.

Devereaux Bell is a famous raider - one of the groups that want a better piece of the new government being formed by the revolutionaries. Vex doesn't want to play politics. He's just like to find a safe place where he and his crew can live and thrive.

I enjoyed the world building here. Grace Loray has magical plants that allow all sorts of things from healing to strength to long distance listening to explosions. Agridia wants to eliminate all magic and purge all magic users in the name of their god.

Lu's goal is to keep her country from going to war again. Ben would like to find a magical cure for a disease that is plaguing the country so that he can shift public opinion away from the religious fanaticism his father supports.

Lu, Ben and Vex all have good goals but they learn that what they believe is not necessarily what is real. They have to face a number of betrayals and decide who they will be in the world that actually exists. The cliffhanger ending makes me very eager for the next part of this story.

Favorite Quote:
That was what it meant to be Grace Lorayan. To believe in what this island used to be, and what it could be again. A country of unity, of acceptance of its wonders, of hope.
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.

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