Audiobook Review: The Cursed Sea by Lauren DeStefano

The Cursed Sea (The Glass Spare, #2)The Cursed Sea by Lauren DeStefano
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Wil, the exiled princess of northern Arrod, must do what she never thought possible: return home to discover the origins of her own curse.

But home is very different from how she left it—Wil’s unpredictable elder brother Baren is now king, leading a war against the Southern Isles. And with time running out, Wil must navigate the dangerous secrets within her family to find the truth.

Nothing goes as planned, and suddenly Wil and her allies are fighting for their lives as the Southern king is out to ensure neither of his children will survive to take the throne. Traveling across cursed seas and treacherous kingdoms, Wil and Loom must make peace with their pasts if they hope to secure the future of their world.

But when their plans lead them right back to evil marveler Pahn, and to Baren—who is more dangerous than ever—can Wil and her friends outsmart their enemies, this time for good?

Warnings: death of family and grief, gun violence

At the end of the Glass Spare, Wil is tasked with going back to her kingdom and finding out the truth about how she was cursed, but when she arrives back, she comes to a kingdom that has had a change in leadership. Her paranoid and hateful brother Baron is now King, and he initially believes her to be a ghost; while he is not that much of a threat to her, the fact that she and Loom wanted to forge alliances between their kingdoms becomes more complicated. Meanwhile, Loom and his sister have to forge an uneasy alliance after years of being rivals to each other. Marvelers further complicate the scenario with illusory and controlling powers.

So, the thing about the plot is that because of a marveler as an antagonist, the stakes are raised to newer heights in the book, but also because of another marveler as an ally, stakes are also lowered. Like, the twists in the book loose their punch because you know certain events in the book can’t be real or permanent enough. On the plot front, I wasn’t satisfied with this book, but on the character development arcs, I liked it. Loom’s sister Espel gets to come with her story, and so does Gerdie; we also see Wil’s continuous struggle with her feelings about being cursed. In this book’s case, the characters sort of saved the book, because the ending was a mess. What I initially thought would be an obstacle – dethroning the current kings of the kingdom was more or less a side note to the plot by that time. The narrator was good, and did a fine job with the voices. Finally, I would say – good characterization but underwhelming plot, .

Is it diverse? One of the secondary PoV is a queer girl in a sapphic relationship; another secondary PoV is from a disabled character

Previous book in The Glass Spare duology

The Glass Spare (The Glass Spare, #1)

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Buy links

The Book Depository | Wordery

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