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All The Tides Of Fate

Writer: Adalyn Grace

Publisher: Titan Books

Released: Out now

We’re back with the wind in our hair, sailing around the island kingdom of Visidia in Adalyn Grace’s All The Tides Of Fate, the sequel to last year’s fantasy hit All The Stars And Teeth.

After the catastrophic events in Teeth, Amora is now queen and dealing with the aftereffects of Kaven’s evil plans to overthrow the kingdom. This includes PTSD, a debilitating curse that ties her with charming pirate (and occasional love interest) Bastian, and a kingdom in a state of change after her decree that everyone is now entitled to practice multiple magics. 

Amora’s dedication to her kingdom is still her number one priority in All The Tides Of Fate – so much so that she decides to travel to Visidia’s seven islands to find her king (which is actually a ruse to discover an ancient magic that could reverse her and Bastian’s curse) and bring stability to her rule.

This means she and Bastian are back on board the great ship Keel Haul alongside her ragtag crew, which includes best friend Ferrick and sassy mermaid Vataea, as well as Keel Haul newcomers; shape-shifting Shanty and loyal guard Casem.

Writer: Adalyn Grace

Publisher: Titan Books

Released: Out now

We’re back with the wind in our hair, sailing around the island kingdom of Visidia in Adalyn Grace’s All The Tides Of Fate, the sequel to last year’s fantasy hit All The Stars And Teeth.

After the catastrophic events in Teeth, Amora is now queen and dealing with the aftereffects of Kaven’s evil plans to overthrow the kingdom. This includes PTSD, a debilitating curse that ties her with charming pirate (and occasional love interest) Bastian, and a kingdom in a state of change after her decree that everyone is now entitled to practice multiple magics. 

Amora’s dedication to her kingdom is still her number one priority in All The Tides Of Fate – so much so that she decides to travel to Visidia’s seven islands to find her king (which is actually a ruse to discover an ancient magic that could reverse her and Bastian’s curse) and bring stability to her rule.

This means she and Bastian are back on board the great ship Keel Haul alongside her ragtag crew, which includes best friend Ferrick and sassy mermaid Vataea, as well as Keel Haul newcomers; shape-shifting Shanty and loyal guard Casem.

Amora is in a very different place in Fate, and though one can hardly say she was a barrel of laughs in Teeth, her selfish preoccupation with her own fate means she isn’t quite the likable heroine we saw in the previous book. Though this is understandable given everything she went through in Teeth, it does mean you’re left with a rather depressing character for the majority of the book who makes very questionable choices; think the sombre Harry Potter we see in The Order of the Phoenix

Luckily the crew around her are as brilliant as ever, from Vataea’s zinger one-liners to sweet Ferrick’s unwavering love and loyalty, Grace has truly created characters that we can’t help but fall in love with. Add to that more of the brilliantly biting Shanty and Fate really does deliver to make you feel part of a crew of crazy adventurers.

So, too, is the world that Grace has created. Each island and magic is completely unique and Grace’s careful craftsmanship of each element means you can’t help but be ingrained into this world and marvel at everything it holds. This is even more apparent in Fate, where we get to explore more of Visidia, including an island that’s structured itself like a giant spa and one where the inhabitants use water magic to create amazing spectacles. 

However, though we’re happy to be back in the land of Visidia with its spellbinding, though dark, magics, complex political systems and shadowy secrets, Fate isn’t really given enough space to breathe. 

Like a particularly rough time on Keel Haul herself, the reader is pulled around on a wide, varying journey; from a stark look into PTSD and grief, to romance, to war, to politics, to dark family secrets, there is a lot squeezed into the short pages of Fate, which means we never really get to explore any of the themes in-depth. Add to that the need to tie up Amora’s story and the result is a rather rushed ending 

This is unfortunate as Grace’s world and its inhabitants are fantastic; filled with magics you can’t help but wish were yours and a crew you can’t help but wish you were part of. This is an adventure you don’t want to miss in a world you’ll be happy to forever inhabit. 

All The Stars And Teeth and All The Tides Of Fate by Adalyn Grace are out now.