Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.
But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.
From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.
This book was a wild ride. I was actually really worried that I was going to hate it, because it took a turn I wasn’t sure about but IT CAME THROUGH, Y’ALL.
It’s been forever since I wrote a review so this is guaranteed to be a hot mess.
I read this book really fast(especially considering I’ve only read two books since June). This book is impeccably written. The world is built with care and history, and the prose is gorgeous. It’s written in a way that is beautiful, editing on poetic at times, without using huge confusing words and without losing the story in pursuit of pretty sentences.
I think Selah is an amazing protagonist. I’m absolutely certain she’s going to be criticized by others as being too dramatic, too flighty, too emotional. But let’s keep in mind that she is EIGHTEEN and also the standards of emotional stability that society enforces are ridiculous and nobody is that okay. personally? I think that Selah was perfectly wonderful and strong as she was. Crying is not immature. Reacting in a normal human way to the moments at hand isn’t immature, I think, if I had been forced into a similar situation, I probably would’ve reacted similarly. She was sent away from everything she knows and everyone she loves, and the way she perseveres through it all is stunning. I adored her as a character, and I think she was just as should should’ve been.
Something I loved so much in this book is the emotion-driven storyline. The book very much focuses on building Selah as a character, from the naive and quiet girl we start with, to the fiery girl at the end, who takes ownership of her own destiny. Selah at the beginning is so starkly different from Selah at the end, in all the best possible ways. This book have been criticized as nothing happening but I think that’s a one-sided way to look at it. For a plot-driven book—there isn’t much action. But when you view this is a character and emotion driven books, it is astounding how much happens. And while not a lot happens in the larger arc of plot in the series, there are several great plot twists and it does have a plot.
I think one feature in this book is Selah’s struggles. She starts out the book having proposed to her childhood best friend and being very publicly rejected.(ouch!) but as the book progresses, we see her encounter three chances to see and learn about love and romance. The final romance is so evolved and wonderful and I don’t think it would’ve been that way without the two that came before.
While the official romance happens very quickly, I think it’s developed enough and I don’t doubt it as a romance. It didn’t feel insta-lovey to me at all. But also, as an MK, I dive deep into relationships really quickly so I didn’t really bat an eye. It’s not like they knew nothing about each other. There are strong scenes where they get to know each other really well, as friends and partners. I think, while they don’t know everything about each other, I don’t doubt the love.
I also loved everything about the part of the book that happens in Norge. I loved the relationships and friendships that are forged there, with all the brothers, and all of the growth in Selah’s character as she finds a taste of freedom with them.
Overall, I think this book explores romance on a deeper level, with stunning growth in our protagonist, and a very real TEENAGE(remember that, y’all, next time you criticize TEENAGE characters) girl protagonist who grows in strength and who isn’t afraid to show her emotions.
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