Lucier, Makiia. Song of the Abyss. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
Hardcover | $17.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0544968585 | 357 pages | YA Fantasy
I picked up and put down Song of the Abyss a few times over the course of the last few days, before ultimately deciding to abandon the other book and continue on with this one, which was more promising. And ultimately, while this one was enjoyable, I did not feel the same magic I did with the first book, and I think my overall mood is a factor, hence my decision not to give it a star-rating.
It’s got great concepts, some of which carry over from the previous book, like the incorporation of pirates and mermaids (sirens), as implied by the title. The world building remains stunning, with even more diverse cultures spread throughout this world, somewhat reminiscent of our own.
And the characters are likable, particularly Reyna as a heroine. While this book is a stand-alone, it’s nice to see how she turned out now that she’s grown up and ready to go on her own adventures. She’s spunky and fun, with just the right amount of competence for a story like this, not catering to either of the two extremes of inept or overly competent to the point of unlikability that most popular books do. On the whole, she was the best part of the book, along with some of the threads connecting to the previous book, and it carried me through the book.
This book is a fun adventure story, and one I probably would have enjoyed a lot more if I was in a better mood. I think, if any of the following pique your interest, it’s worth giving it a go to see if it works better for you: mermaids, pirates, maps and seafaring, and fantasy adventures.