Book Review

Beyond the Shadowed Earth – Joanna Ruth Meyer

Book Title: Beyond the Shadowed Earth

Series: Beneath the Haunting Sea (#2)

Author: Joanna Ruth Meyer

Goodreads Link: Click here

Release Date:  1/14/20

Star Rating: Not my cup of tea

Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in return for an unbiased review.

“It has always been Eda’s dream to become empress, no matter the cost. Haunted by her ambition and selfishness, she’s convinced that the only way to achieve her goal is to barter with the gods. But all requests come with a price and Eda bargains away the soul of her best friend in exchange for the crown.” – Goodreads

With that description I was excited to start this book. I was interested in the story of someone who is so ambitious they would betray their closest companion, and how that would affect her. Eda is very much an anti-hero, and she has a lot to answer for. She is selfish and driven which leads her to manipulation and even murder. The guilt that comes afterward compels her to try to fix some of her errors, but rather than take full responsibility for her actions, she continues to blame others. In an effort to escape her guilt she will make more decisions that have the potential to destroy her kingdom.

Again, more plot points that would seem to be something I would really enjoy! For some reason, I didn’t. Partly I think because some of the developments in the book didn’t feel earned. Her escapes from danger feel like plot cheats, and are a little haphazard. I don’t mind a villain story, but I found it difficult to make an emotional connection with her or to care about her fate. I think that this authors style might fit another reader better than myself, so I don’t want to say it’s a bad book, more that it’s just not for me. I hope you can read it and enjoy it more! The plot really was a promising idea.

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