Thursday, June 14, 2012
Review: Fathoms of Forgiveness
There is no divorce in the undersea kingdom of Adlivun. Marriage is a bond that lasts until death—even if death comes in several centuries, and in that time your spouse happens to become your sworn enemy. This is the conflict that General Visola Ramaris faces when she learns that the mighty Vachlan is behind the attacks on her kingdom. She has sworn to protect Adlivun with her life, but long ago, she also swore to love and honor her husband...
Visola must choose whether she will destroy Vachlan once and for all, or attempt the hardest thing conceivable: communication. After two hundred years of desertion, she has no faith in their feeble bond and knows she can never forgive him. When he threatens the person dearest to her, she must take action. Confronting Vachlan on enemy territory would be nothing short of suicide. She knows that if she falls into his custody, the deranged man would relish breaking her down and making her lose her sanity.
Princess Aazuria forbids Visola from taking matters into her own hands; she will do anything it takes to protect her friend from the man who wants to crush her. Alas, Visola is a crazy, uncontrollable warrior woman with the blood of Vikings in her veins. Why would she ever consider doing the safe and predictable thing?
She began trying to slowly and carefully remove the tubes from her nose and mouth. She grimaced when an ample amount of blood came along with them. Once this gruesome task was completed, she breathed deeply of the air on her own. The scent of the violets filled her nostrils with a rush. It was too pleasant and fragrant to be meant negatively. What if Aazuria had led the attack on Zimovia and rescued her, and it was Aazuria and Trevain who waited outside the hospital? Heartened by this thought, Visola stretched out and tried to reach one of the bouquets nearest to the bed. There was a note inserted among the flowers.
Violets for my violent one.
Missing you terribly, dear wife. Get better soon!
“No,” Visola whispered. She clenched her hand into a fist and pounded it weakly into her mattress. “No, no, no, no!” The mattress winced under the weight of every word.
The profusion of fragrant, lovely flowers was intended purely as insult. She should have recognized the scent of sarcasm. Visola considered, and began, throwing the flowers across the room, but she paused mid-swing. She did not wish to create a ruckus and draw attention. She needed to slip away unseen.
Nadia Scrieva was born in 1988 in Toronto, Canada. She studied English and Anthropology, graduating with an Honors B.A. from the University of Toronto in 2011. She likes knives. Writing has been the most meaningful part of her life since she was a child. Nadia loves receiving feedback from readers, so do not hesitate to contact her with any of your comments, questions, ideas, or just to say hello.
RATING: FOUR LIGHTING BOLTS
If you remember, I had a review for the first book in this series last week. Drowning Mermaids. Well, now we're back with Fathoms of Forgiveness. This is the story of Visola. And may I just say, wow, what a story! This is both a plot and character driven book. Visola has such moments of intensity and clarity in the book. It's a roller coaster of a ride, but one that I enjoyed being on the entire way. Ms. Scrieva has a talent, and I have a feeling this author is going to be a name you won't soon forget. These stories are riveting, enchanting, and very well done. They have a uniqueness and great spin, so different from other books out there. Fathoms of Forgiveness is a wonderful installment featuring strong characters that won't easily be pulled from the reader's mind.