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Fathoms of Forgiveness (Sacred Breath #2)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  332 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 313 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by CreateSpace
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Oct 09, 2014 Aditi rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, ya, fantasy
Fathoms of Forgiveness is the second book in the Sacred Breath series by the author Nadia Scrieva. In the first book, Drowning Mermaids, we were left torn apart with a deadly war that took away the peace and charm from Aazuria's underwater kingdom. Similar to Drowning Mermaids, this book, Fathoms of Forgiveness, too doesn't fall behind in some promising, adrenaline-rushing actions and some nerve-racking, unravelling mysteries. Nadia Scrieva has already proved in her book 1 that she is one hell o ...more
Bradley Morrison
Jun 28, 2012 Bradley Morrison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite

I won this book through “Goodreads First Reads.” It’s actually the first one I received in the mail.

If you haven’t read Nadia Scrieva’s first book “Drowning Mermaids” don’t be discouraged. The characters will drag you in and make you feel like family before you know it. I wish Callder appeared more in this book though. Funny! Funny! Funny!

This book is such a good read, I’ve enjoyed it immensely! I never, for one second, thought I could be surprised at so many levels. Even now as I write this I
Jan 11, 2014 Matchesrulezu rated it it was amazing
This author is not afraid to hurl us into morally questionable and gruesome details.

That's one of the things I like.

While what happened to little Corallyn made want to throw up and I desperately hoped that maybe it was a trick, everything else going on made me want to keep reading. I couldn't put the book down (well, my Kindle)and I loved that. My favorite thing was seeing more of Visola and Vachlan's relationship. While he is a questionable character, I can't help but like him. And I love that
Jan 04, 2014 L_manning rated it really liked it
Taking up where Drowning Mermaids ended, Fathoms of Forgiveness takes us back to the underwater world of Adlivun. Aazuria is getting ready to wed Trevain, while Trevain is adjusting to his new reality. Aazuria's primary general Visola has recently learned that one of the people behind the most recent attack on Adlivun was her estranged husband Vachlan. It turns out that Vachlan wants Visola, but Aazuria cannot live without her best warrior. Vachlan soon forces their hand though, and Visola does ...more
May 01, 2012 May rated it really liked it
Visola is such a strong and likable heroine that you can't help but love her. She's definitely not perfect but she's one of the most honourable characters in ficition! :) There are some dark and sad moments in the book but it's a great book! :)

Book one is free right now on amazon.... It's just as terrific and gives you more background on the kingdom.
Jun 21, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I was not disappointed by this second book of the series. I liked that the story focused more on Visola and Vachlan. And the author did a great job of keeping the momentum going, and telling more back-story at the same time. Really enjoyed this, Visola is so funny and spunky.
Dec 02, 2012 Nicolas rated it it was amazing
Mrs. Scrieva continues the adventures of her characters here in the next part of the Sacred Breath saga. This time the story switches focus from Trevian and Aazuria to Visola and Vachlan. Nadia really personalizes and adds a lot of depth to her characters here as she reveals more of their history and the various motivations that drive them. This is designed so that it can be read on its own, but is of course more enjoyable when you have read the first in the series.

I cannot compliment Mrs. Scrie
Jul 30, 2012 Lissette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the past two hundred years, Visola Ramaris has dealt with her husband's betrayal. Convinced of her supposed infidelity, he's done everything in his power to torment her and the citizens of Adlivun. She's done her best to ignore his existence, short of keeping a deaf ear in regards to his triumphs and recent exploits. Yet she can't deny she still feels something for Vachlan Suchos.

After Aazuria's little sister goes missing, Visola realizes just how far her husband will go in order to have her
Brenda Ayala
Mar 07, 2013 Brenda Ayala rated it it was amazing
All I can say is that I really hope this series stays as strong as it started. If it does, it will no doubt be one of my favorite series. In the second installment, we find that Visola must confront her estranged and ruthless husband: the man who is essentially leading an army to take over all the underwater realms.

I liked the change in focus. In the first book, most of the focus is on Aazurdia and Trevain. Their love story was allowed to develop and grow. In Fathoms of Forgiveness, it's Visola'
Jan 25, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-mermaids
I liked Visola's story better than Trevain and Zuri's. That is a first for me. Maybe because Visola is irreverent. She made me laugh, but she was also matter what. In the first book, even knowing Trevain was her grandson, she still was more loyal to Zuri. You have to appreciate that about someone. She loves wholeheartedly as well. Even though her husband walked away from her for 200 years, she still loved him. Him, I wanted to smack. How the heck did he believe the old king over her? ...more
May 02, 2012 Gary rated it it was amazing
Ex-Husband and Wife Dig Up Ancient Issues and Try to Kill Each Other

Yes, it’s as fun as it sounds! Maybe fun isn’t the right word to describe graphic torture and bloodshed, but it was definitely an enjoyable read. I was a bit sceptical at first because I didn’t like the idea that Visola’s love interest was this monster that we learned a little about in the previous book. But everything was revealed in a very absorbing way, including a delightful flashback to Australia in 1797.

There was a fantast
Thomas Bernal
Apr 26, 2012 Thomas Bernal rated it really liked it
What made Empire such a good sequel was the character development, peeling the emotional layers of both hero and villain. What you find under the hard edged public image of General Visola is a woman, imperfect and perplexing, with nuance and breadth of emotion. The story takes her through the gates of hell and into the nightmare scenario of anyone who wears the mantle of protector. The grit and gore, of which there is plenty, are weighed in both shock value and as catalyst for introspection. ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing
Where the first book introduces us to the Mermaids of Adlivun and their undersea world this book takes us beyond. This story belongs to Visola, Aazurias best friend, protector, general of her army and grandmother to Trevain and Callder. 200 years ago Visolas husband deserted her and their unborn baby on a rumor that she cheated on him and that the baby wasn't his. In the undersea there is no divorce. Vachlan has become her enemy although she still loves him. This story has Visola and Vachlan ...more
OMGoodness, when is “Boundless Sea” coming out? This one was sooo good and I’m so ready for the next! I loved the power struggle between Visola and Vachlan… This is only one of my favorite passages but (for me) sums up the book perfectly: “He remembered the gracefulness in which she moved in battle – like liquid flesh. There was no one quite like his wife, and he never felt more triumphant and free than when he was in her company…How could he kill the most alive person he knew?” SWOON!! The ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Jesse rated it really liked it
They say that you judge a person (or as in this case, a mermaid), not during their best moments when everything is going well for them, but when they are at their absolute lowest, when all hope appears to be lost, and they are at the end of their rope. That is when true character shines through and we see what the person, ahem, mermaid, is really made of. This being the case, we are blessed to see what a brilliant, noble, and profoundly admirable character Ms. Nadia Scrieva has created with ...more
Karen *ReaderGirl*
Jun 11, 2012 Karen *ReaderGirl* rated it really liked it
Okay...I've been won over…
To be honest, I thought Drowning Mermaids was good…not great. I liked it, but I didn’t love it (yes, I realize I’m in the minority here). I just couldn’t connect with the characters and the writing in the way I need to in order to fully fall for a book. I’m happy to report that in Fathoms of Forgiveness, all my earlier concerns were entirely wiped away and I fell in love with this story! To me it seems like the author made great literary strides between book one and b
Aug 24, 2015 LastBreath rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars.


This book contains a whole lot of nastiness. If you haven't a stomach for cruel and barbaric punishment this may not be for you. I mean there are some disturbing scenes in here that I thought would be covered up with a "...then I woke up!" Nah-ah-ah, not this here fairytale. Perhaps I've been reading the more gentle type of books, or maybe I was holding out for the Happy Ever After. whatever the case, you have been warned.

With the portent of doom aside, I am happy to
Melody Mol
Mar 23, 2012 Melody Mol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found love in this book, and you will too! The core of this book is the story of Visola, whom one cannot help but admire after understanding what she has gone through and how far she is willing to go in life for sake of her honor. There are so many 'heights' to this book that embody the build-up of admiration and sympathy for the characters. As one could expect in a book that is so strongly about Visola, there are so many funny parts to the book.

There are some dark parts to this story that add
Book Princess Sofia
Amazing part 2…

Just like the first book, I was hooked from the very beginning and read it in one sitting. Amazing! I love the way that Nadia Scrieva writes and LOVE this incredible world of Adlivun she’s created! I want to live in it!(Like the Palace of Versailles beneath the sea…how cool is that?) The book is different from “Drowning Mermaids”, where the first was more about Aazuria and Trevain, this focused more on Visola and her oh-so-dysfunctional relationship with Vachlan. Viso is nothing s
Jun 10, 2012 BellaReadz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, romance, faves
loved Drowning Mermaids, so I was anxious to read the next in the series, Fathoms of Forgiveness. I praised the first book for the deeply emotional and multi-layered complexity of themes that made it such a rich and rewarding reading experience. If possible, I thought that Fathoms of Forgiveness was even better than the first one in that regard. It was such a brutal, heart-tugging experience from the beginning all the way through to the end. And just when it looked like things might be all ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the series and it was a much faster read than the first book. I am enjoying the twist on the sea mythology but this book didn't hold my attention as well as the first book. It was a bit predictable. I also have a hard time believing what came between Visola and Vachlan for 200 years was based on a simple lie/misunderstanding. I realize that those two characters are built to not have good communication skills, but I couldn't get believe that it cause a rift and death ...more
Jun 10, 2012 Claire rated it it was amazing
Sacred Breath is now at the top of my favorite new series. Nadia Scrieva is so amazingly talented, and I absolutely love the world and the characters she’s created. I loved “Drowning Mermaids” and wasn’t sure if I’d like this one as much, only because books in series tend to suffer from the ‘sophomore slump’. But not this one! If anything, this one was even better! Ms. Scrieva took all the awesomeness from the world of D.M. and turned it up a notch. I swear, there were times that I almost felt ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it
This is definitely not a typical mermaid tale, and it is a series that gets more impressive with every turn of the page. I wish there would have been more action, but it was still pretty interesting. Visola is a tough gal and it was crazy to see the things that happened. I don’t know if I liked this one more or less than the first – they are different in their own ways, but I think I liked the world building better in the first. Sometimes I thought like I needed to be reminded better of where ...more
Jun 10, 2012 April rated it it was amazing
Once again I’m greatly impressed with the author’s narrative skills and vivid imagination. Combine that with a profound wisdom of love, hate, and human nature, and you have a truly unforgettable book that surpassed even my loftiest expectations. I found this installment to be superior to its predecessor in terms of pacing and overall tightness of prose. I never felt myself wandering away from the story, but was invested all the way through. The character development was fantastic and detailed, ...more
Jun 10, 2012 Kaylee rated it it was amazing
For the first book, I read the first 3/4 in one sitting. This time I read the whole thing! It was AMAZING! I LOVE Visola, and in this one we see how truly bad*ss she really is! I was so upset about what happened with Coralynn…I mean, whoa. But I liked how this story focused more on General Visola and we get to know her and her past a little more. And things get crazy (huge understatement!) with her ex, Vachlan. I mean, I cannot believe what happens between them. The rising action and tension was ...more
Jun 10, 2012 Stacy rated it it was amazing
The minute I finished “Drowning Mermaids”, book one in Nadia Scrieva’s Sacred Breath Series, I just knew I had to get the sequel “Fathoms of Forgiveness”. And it did not disappoint! I fell in love with Ms. Scrieva’s elegant and vivid writing style in the first book, and it seems to have only gotten better in the second. Once again it had flawless grammar and was free of any editing mistakes, something I really appreciate as a reader. I was sucked into the story right away and swept away on the ...more
Constance Carter
Apr 23, 2014 Constance Carter rated it it was amazing
I was excited to read more of this series and this instalment definitely did not disappoint. I love the unique world the author has created here, such great twists on mermaid mythology in exciting ways. The writing is spot-on as well, a really great, readable style. I liked how it interlinked with the first book but was also a new story introducing new characters.

Visola is just a fantastic character. She's funny as well as strong and principled, a well rounded female character that doesn't have
Jul 20, 2013 Monica rated it it was amazing
This book is the reason that I love Vizo so much! She is such a determined individual. This is my favorite book so far!!! I have read all the way through tides of tranquility, which I do believe is my second favorite. I had a very hard time putting this one down, in fact I have read this book twice. If you have read drowning mermaids, you absolutely have to read fathoms of forgiveness. This one is definitely action packed and worth the money!!!!
Nov 05, 2012 Lorena rated it did not like it
After reading the first book, I want to add this book to my do not bother files.

I am afraid that the curiosity I feel about knowing what happens with Trevain is not enough to put up with the arduous labor of reading this second book of the Sacred Breath Series.

However, since I am afraid I won't remember in the future I am adding it, first time ever I do so, to my do not bother files without having opened the book.
Feb 01, 2013 Taylor rated it really liked it
This series just gets better & better. What happened to Aazuria!? AHHH. I love that in this book we learn more about Visola & Vachlan's past relationship. Visola is definitely my favorite character in the series. Even though, all of the characters are great in their own ways. I just love how tough & spirited Visola is.
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Nadia Scrieva lives in Toronto, Canada with no husband, no kids, and no pets. She does own a very attractive houseplant which she occasionally remembers to water between her all-consuming writing marathons.
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