This book had a lot going on in it, past lives, reincarnation, a touch of religion, a little bit of time travel and a mysterious and beautiful other world contained under the ocean. My biggest problem, however was the joking and sarcastic tone that the author used for the issue of global cooling within the islands. Instead of bringing up the issue of global climate change (in which strange weather patterns, like snow in the Caribbean is completely possible), she mocks climate science saying "Despite the definite theories of global warming years ago, scientist were now scrambling to come up with an excuse for their blatant miscalculations." I know this is a fantasy novel and all, but the global cooling idea didn't add that much to the story other than a very interesting setting. Other than that, the plot was very different. Stesia's past and quest within the world of Surritz makes for a great adventure. The world of Surritz itself is intriguing, I did want to know more about it's formation and how the other animals came to be there, including the water dragons.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.