Wilson, C.L. The Sea King. New York: Avon Books, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-0-06-201898-4. Print List Price: $7.99.
Apologies for not posting for almost a week. But between working on my novel for NanoWriMo and some of my school projects, as well as the fact that this book is a literal bug-cruncher, I fell behind on posting.
But this book was a page-turner, and well worth the wait (The Winter King was first published in 2014, I read it in 2016). And I daresay, this book is better than the first.
For one, there’s Dilys. I like that he proves he can be a strong hero, but also can wear his heart on his sleeve, something that I’m glad we’re seeing a bit more of in romance heroes. And while a lot of the story is serious, and even dark and somewhat disturbing in places, some aspects of his courtship with Gabriella, especially in the early days, when she rebuffs him are incredibly comical.
As for Gabriella, I can see why she might be hard to like for some, as she is prickly at first. But I found her arc very compelling, and I really enjoyed her journey to discovering who she really is, along with learning that she can have love in her life without fear of ending up like her father.
I would also like to commend Wilson for including diversity among prominent characters within her fantasy world. It is uncommon to see people of color in major roles in this genre, and while it’s easy to pass it off as being “pure fantasy,” or saying that because the story’s fictional realm is based on a European locale and time period, as has been the case with fantasy series like Game of Thrones, Wilson does something different by actually putting in the work to diversify her cast and the types of locales depicted.