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Audiobook Review: All the Tides of Fate (All the Stars & Teeth #2)

Published February 2nd 2021

Author: Adalyn Grace

Narrator: Natalie Naudus

Audiobook Length: 11 hours

Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.

No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul.

To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost. As she tries to balance her loyalty to her people, her crew, and the desires of her heart, Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her.

All the Tides of Fate is an excellent conclusion to the All the Stars and Teeth duology. Since I listened to the audiobook for the first novel, I decided to listen to the audiobook for this one. The narrator for this one is not the same one from the previous, which was a first for me, as usually it is the same narrator throughout. I did enjoy this narrator a lot more as the voices did change, but there were a lot less use of accents, which put the focus back on the story. As this is a continuation of the first novel, it is highly recommended to read them in order. Since this review discusses events in the second novel, it will include spoilers from the first novel.

Honestly, I found this novel to be slightly forgettable as it took me some thought to remember what happened in the first half before the pace started to pick up. The pacing in this novel seemed similar to an opening novel and not the finale, so it threw me off while reading. After the cliffhanger ending of the first novel with Amora and her father, the adventure continues aboard the Keel Haul with Amora, Bastian, Ferrick, and Vataea. Amora’s grief was written well as she closed herself off yet still had to continue, as the world around her did not stop. It was nice that this was a primary focus with Amora’s character as it is something that has truly affected her and she cannot just forget everything and move on as if everything is normal.

This group of characters travel around the kingdom to continue Amora’s original mission of proving herself as a good leader, especially now that she is on the throne, with the added quest to find the artifact. She’s bound to Bastian after some events that occurred in the first novel. With everything on Amora’s shoulders, she is truly struggling to do the right thing for both herself and Visidia. I loved that she made a lot of mistakes and did not always have the correct answer as it made her more realistic, especially with all the added pressures she was facing. She goes through a lot of character growth through this novel that I was glad to see as I did not see a lot in the first.

Bastian remained an excellent love interest and was respectful of Amora and everything that she was going through. Ferrick continued to be great as an advisor and the magic he is learning. Vataea is still excellent and I continued to love her throughout this book. She would definitely be an excellent candidate to have a spin-off story of her own. The four characters make an excellent team and I love the bond they share. Each of them has a role that they must play in the story and I love how they work together to overcome any obstacle.

Overall, to me, this novel was a lot more captivating than the first novel. At times, though, it felt like a standalone, if you just put some events from the first as a brief prologue. Many of the novel’s major plots occur later on in the book, which can make it feel a tad rushed. However, I did love what happens in the latter half of the book. Oh my goodness, there is a part towards the end that I did not see coming as it was a lot more emotional than I thought it would be. As a whole, this is just an okay duology where it is good, but not a favorite. This novel was an excellent end to an entertaining duology.

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