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Sea of Strangers

(The Ryogan Chronicles #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Know your enemy if you want to survive…

The only way for Khya to get her brother back alive is to kill Varan—the immortal ruler who can’t be killed. But not even Varan knew what he was doing when he perverted magic and humanity to become immortal.

Khya’s leading her group of friends and rebels into the mountains that hold Varan’s secrets, but if risking all their lives is go
Paperback, 340 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Entangled: Teen
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Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sea of strangers is book 2 in The Ryogan Chronicles. It's the middle child journey book of the trilogy. It's full of adventure, action and mysterious lands. The Ryogan Chronicles are continuous and cannot be read as a standalone. Sea of strangers is a fantasy, magical book with an undesirable world. It is aimed at the young adult audience. It has romance, however, there is so much more to this series.

Khya is desperate to get her brother back even if the task seems impossible. The mission will be
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

Way back in January, I read and reviewed the first book in this series, Island of Exiles . It's set in a really unique and diverse world, and I was really excited to dive back in! This sequel picks up right where book one left off, and I will be keeping this spoiler-free for both books!

What I Liked:

So. Much. Diversity. Like I said in my review of book one, this world is so ful
Katherine Paschal
Khya is disappointed in herself for not saving her beloved brother Yorri, but instead barely escaping her beloved city with just a few of her trusted comrades. Khya now knows that everything she was taught and believed in is a lie, making her question her purpose and abilities. But she must put aside her doubts and failure to prepare for the bigger threat- a war that nobody saw coming.

I found myself enjoying book 2 more than book one, and I think that was due to the fact the world bu
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**Any quotes used are from an advanced readers copy and may not be in the final publication**

“What is a life when it is given in protection of family?”
“The most precious thing in the world. Don’t pretend it’s worth nothing.”
“True, and it is my gift to give.”

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Sea of Strangers from Entangled and since reading Island of Exiles earlier this year, this book was one of my most anticipated releases and I'm happy to report that it did not disappoint me in any w
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


Sea of Strangers is the second installment in author Erica Cameron's The Ryogan Chronicles. Sea of Strangers is the follow up to Island of Exiles which was released earlier this year. The Ryogan Chronicles is a diverse, gritty fantasy with multiple complex cultures, and high-tension romance. Sea of Strangers picks up several weeks after the action packed finale to The Island of Exiles. The protagonist of this series is 17-year o
Oct 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
After struggling with the first book in the series I thought I would give the second book a go.
Unfortunately if anything this is worse.
The characters are boring and the story just plods along.
Not for me..
I will not be reading the third.

The incredible worldbuilding of the first installment continues with this novel, and the characters become ever more lovable and one can’t help but root for them and their success.

Read the full review on my blog!
lacy white
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, 4-stars, arc-copy, ebooks, c
A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen publishing for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Even though I tried to be as non spoilery as possible, this is the second book of a series and it is pertinent to read the first book. If I do spoil anything, I am sorry and it might be best to avoid this review until the first book has been read.

This series is just so cool, for lack of better words. I should find more words other than cool or awesome. Anyway. The
books are love
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Received in exchange for a honest review.

Erica Cameron followed up the first book in the series with a sophomore book that packs a punch. The writing is fluid and really keeps you in the moment. The characters just draw you in and keep you there with them as you feel the danger like a living breathing entity. You are engaged and invested in the story from the beginning. As Khya and her group are racing against time to find a way to stop Varan but also stay alive.

they are now in Ryogan and wow s
This review and others can be found on my blog, Fine Print.

I loved Erica Cameron’s ISLE OF EXILES, and I was very excited to see where she’d take her readers in the sequel. While I didn’t think SEA OF STRANGERS was as strong as its predecessor, it does expand the fascinating world we were introduced to in the series opener.

Forced to flee her home in search of a weapon – or magic – that can defeat her enemies, Khya along with a few members of her squadron washes up on the shores of a land they th
J.D. DeHart
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sea of Strangers is a book written with high quality and attention to detail. What I appreciated most about the book is the way the author has crafted this world, complete with an array for characters and even a language of its own.

This brought to mind other talented and brilliant authors who not only create strange new worlds, but go the extra mile to populate them and fill them out with imaginative flourish. As a science fiction fan, I found this book fulfilling; as an avid reader of all genr
Tesia Lewis
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
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** I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Possible spoilers ahead. **

In the first installment of The Ryogan Chronicles by Erica Cameron, Island of Exiles, we follow the story of a young warrior and ward mage from the island of Shiara. When Khya’s brother Yorri is pronounced dead following a surprise attack by their enemies and then his body mysteriously vanishes, the truth comes out quicker than Khya is prepared for it.
Christine (allthingschristine)
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

DISCLAIMER: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and in no way have they influenced my opinions or my review. This review also contains SPOILERS so read it at your own risk.

It was a bit hard for me to jump right back into this world for the second book. It has been awhile since I read the first book in the series that I had forgotten some of the plot, a lot of the words and their meanings and even some of the magic system that was used. The world created
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for giving me this book to review.

I struggled to connect with Sea of Strangers, despite me enjoying the first book Island of Exiles. This book is a dark fantasy world which has complex cultures and lots of diversity, however, it is very slow paced. I might not have liked this book as much is it has been a while since I have read Island of Exiles and I had trouble remembering what had happened and who everyone was.

Khya seems to have become a natural l
Jannin (The Booknerd Dragon)
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I got the chance to host a book tour of the second book, Sea of Strangers, and I’m excited! I liked the first book and I love this second book!

The second book started with Khya and her squad sailing through the storm on their way to Ryogo.
As I’m reading the book, I try to remember all the things that were important in the book. It was a while since I read the first book and I kind of forgot some of the things in there. But I didn’t forget the story and the main characters. And some of the things
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sea of Strangers by Erica Cameron, is the second book in an epic fantasy series titled the Ryogan Chronicals (you can find my review for Island of Exiles here), by Cameron, which will be released on December 5th, 2017. The Ryogan Chronicles is currently predicted to be a trilogy, so there's at least one more book to look forward to in this fresh and exciting fantasy series (Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Sea of Strangers from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review)!

Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Khya's journey to get back her brother and stop the Miriseh has the squad going to Ryogo to seek out the secrets of how the Miriseh came to be. Most of this book is devoted to the journey to Ryogo, the hardships they face on sea and on land (having to hide from Ryogan military forces), and the search for the immortality that Varan had created, and finally them having to choose between the right thing and the smart thing.

The pacing of the story is slower than that of the first, even though it ta
Sea of Strangers is the sequel to Erica Cameron’s YA, survival oriented fantasy Island of Exiles. This is a series you definitely need to read in order, so head on over to my review of Island of Exiles if you’re not familiar with it. While Sea of Strangers had a bit of middle-of-the-trilogy slump, this is still a series I plan on continuing with.

Khya and her friends and allies have fled Shiara to travel to Ryogan, the home of Varan and the other immortals who once ruled Khya’s life. To save her
I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

I really enjoyed Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron, so I was excited to dive into Sea of Strangers. Unfortunately this book suffers from second-book syndrome SO bad. I struggled through a majority of the book, and eventually I put it away after I scanned the ending.

Here's what I struggled with:
• Khya and her inability to trust anyone, even Terren. I would have thought that af
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Honestly, the way this book is written, it’s hard to know what to say about the plot. Just like the last, it is epic and intense, plus there are higher stakes and bigger emotions, a ton of twists, surprises, and just wild things that happen, but so much of it is unknown until it happens, because it’s unknown to the main characters. You only know what they know, and frankly, they don’t know very much. They’re desperately trying to fight a war in which they are outgunned, outmanned, outnumbered, a ...more
Makayla Sophia
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought the plot was very exciting! I was on the edge of my seat page with every page turn. I was constantly wanting to know what was going to happen next. With such high stakes, it was a constant battle of who to trust, where to go, and how to solve their problems.

The characters were amazing! The cast of characters from the first book were ever present, and I thought Erica Cameron did a wonderful job of balancing everyone out. I especially loved a new character introduced in this book, named
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Full review here:

Sea of Strangers is the sequel to Erica Cameron’s Island of Exiles. Released in December of 2017, Sea of Strangers follows the continuing struggles of Khya, a young woman who is determined to kill the leader of her former tribe and save her brother and her people. The problem is, the leader, Varan, is immortal and cannot be killed.

Along with new allies and old friends, Khya journeys to the land of Ryogo to find the source of Varan’s immor
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
I have been obsessing over this book's release ever since I finished Island of Exiles. And dammit. Sea of Strangers is everything I hoped it would be and more.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this extraordinary, original and exciting world the author created! The new additional characters were such a delight to meet! Khya and gang are as badass as ever. Aannd I've found a new appreciation for Sanii. He's come a long way from the seemingly powerless character we met in book one. And eventhough I was expecting a
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review and many others, both german and english, can also be found on my blog.
Diese und viele weitere Rezensionen, auf deutsch und englisch, findet ihr auch auf meinem Blog.
Ravenclaw Threadsister

I stumbled upon the first book in this series by accident on NetGalley, read it last month and absolutely loved it! As I saw that the second book would be released in only a few short weeks I went back on NG and immediately requested the second book. Not only was I approved to read it, but I was
Sea of Strangers, the sequel to Island of Exiles. I don’t understand the different use of pronouns and it’s distracting but the author’s descriptive details make a scenic world once again. On their journey, the travelers encounter magic, other cultures, dangerous terrain and poisonous birds. They become a strong team and learn to work together and Khya learns that she’s capable of so much more than she ever could have believed. The ending is interesting and intense and my favorite part! 4 stars ...more
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great book by this author.
This book just kept getting better. This is the second book to this series. And boy was this an adventure. Khya meets some helpful people along the way, whom at first doesn't know how to take the news that Varan is on his way with an army of more then thousands to destroy everything and everyone. All Khya wants to do is save her brother. But saving him is saving everyone right? Doing the right thing can cost mistakes. With Tessen there to help Khya things only g
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full Review Coming Soon To The Blog

Like the first book, the names/language was hard for me to keep track of, but that didn't stop me from enjoying this story. SO much happened! So good! And that ending! Whaaaaat??? When can I read book 3???
Nicole M. Hewitt
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

The second book in this series brings Khya and her allies to a world they never imagined.

What Fed My Addiction:

Serious magic.
The magic in this book was definitely kicked up a notch and Khya’s strengths become the key to saving her world. The desosa (which could be described as the source of magic) comes to life in this book almost as a character all its own. This was easily my favorite part of the book: Khya’s explora
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Sea of strangers because it reminded me of the Percy Jackson book series. The author did a amazing job at combining adventure and action. I could feel the emotions that the characters are going through which is hard to find in books nowadays. I recommend this book for people looking for a memorabilia experience that they wont forget.
Thank you to Chapter by Chapter, Erica Cameron, and Entangled Teen for the ARC through NetGalley and the opportunity to participate in the blog tour!

"We're fighting to get home... to keep the salvageable pieces."

I've been so excited to read this book it wasn't even funny. I loved Island of Exiles and couldn't wait to see where Khya's adventure took her next. This has honestly been one of the most original and intricate series I've ever read. I adore the interesting dynamic Khya and Tessen h
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After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years studying psychology and creative writing, basically getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Now, she’s the author of several series for young adults. She’s also a reader, asexuality advocate, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Flo ...more

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