Review: All the Stars and Teeth

Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice.

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

What? Me reading and loving? A book about pirates? Who would have seen that coming? I both love and hate how predictable I am.

Ohhoho, let me tell you. This book is everything that made Siege and Storm great, full of magic, swashbuckling and romance. It has such a Leigh Bardugo spin to the fantasy and world building with a pirate spin and I am obsessed (and anxiously awaiting the sequel).

When Amora, a princess with ancient blood magic for manipulating souls, is put on trial for her powers, she is approached with a unique offer in the form of a pirate. Despite her “better” judgment (honestly, I think her judgment was perfect lol) she follows the dangerously dashing pirate out of the kingdom, becoming a fugitive from her own reign.

All the Stars and Teeth put a unique spin on the pirate and mermaid story line, mixing in some blood-magic, lore, and plot twists that truly kept me hooked until the last page. Every character in this story is hiding something, but that didn’t stop me from absolutly falling in love with each one of them.

Another fantastic quarantine read, All the Stars and Teeth is set to be one of my favorites of the year.

4 out of 5.


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