Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison
(Secrets of Itlantis #1)
Publication date: February 2nd 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
All her life, clever Aemi has been a slave in the Village of the Rocks, a place where the sea and sky meet. She’s heard the stories about the fabled People of the Sea, a people who possess unimaginable technology who live below the waves in the dark, secret places of the ocean. But she never dreamed those stories were true.
When a ship emerges from the ocean and men burn her village, Aemi is captured, and enslaved below the waves in Itlantis, a world filled with ancient cities of glass and metal, floating gardens, and wondrous devices that seem to work magic. To make matters worse, her village nemesis, the stuck-up mayor’s son Nol, was captured with her, and they are made servants in the same household beneath the sea.
Desperate to be free, Aemi plots her escape, even going so far as to work with Nol. But the sea holds more secrets than she realizes, and escape might not be as simple as leaving…
Aemi has spent her life as a slave in the Village of the Rocks. She has grown up hearing stories of the dangerous People of the Sea. Lately, the Old Man who she works for has been muttering that the People of the Sea have been watching them; everyone thinks that the Old Man is crazy, until the People of the Sea rise out of the water to burn the town and take prisoners. Aemi is taken along with the Mayor's son, Nol, her village rival. Aemi and Nol are taken to an impressive city under the sea and made to be indentured servants to a wealthy family. Aemi, however only has one thing on her mind- escape, and she might just have to work with Nol to do it. When war erupts under the sea, Aemi discovers something that changes her perspective and that might hold the key for peace in the underwater cities.
A fun and fast-paced young adult read that is set in a beautifully created and interesting world. Aemi was also an awesome character, though she is a slave, she is confident, strong, and smart. She has made friends and knows how to throw a spear. The city under the sea is very well described, the world building was very imaginative; I could picture the gardens, the rooms with the ocean sky-views and even the ships. Although, I did wish a little more was explained as to why the People of the Sea were down there in the first place and how they had all of this advanced technology when the people on land did not. Anyway, I enjoyed Aemi and Nol's adventures underwater along with the plot twist about Aemi's past near the end. Also, there is not really a focus on any love story so far and that was nice to see in a YA novel. Aemi is left with a lot of decisions to make at the end of Sea and Stone and I will check out the rest of the books in the series to see what happens.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
I’ve been making up stories since I was five years old, and now I’m thrilled to be able to do it as a full-time job. I have an obsession with dark fantasy, dystopian futures, and Pride and Prejudice-style love stories full of witty banter and sizzling, unspoken feelings. When I’m not writing, I’m creating digital art, reading funny blogs, or watching my favorite shows (which include TVD and BSG). I live with my geeky husband and our two bad cats in Atlanta, GA.