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Song of the Abyss

(Tower of Winds #2)

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Ancient grievances, long-held grudges, and dangerous magic combine in this sweeping standalone fantasy perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce and Rachel Hartman.

They came in the night as she dreamt, in her berth, on a ship sailing home to del Mar. After, they would be all Reyna thought about: two carracks painted scorpion black. No emblem on either forecastle, no pennants flyi
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Tara Song of the Abyss has correlated characters, just not the same main characters. It switches to the point of view of Reyna who was a lesser character i…moreSong of the Abyss has correlated characters, just not the same main characters. It switches to the point of view of Reyna who was a lesser character in Isle of Blood and Stone. It is further in time, so she is no longer a child. The main characters from the first book, such as Elias and Mercedes, are still involved just not as much.(less)
Tara Song of the Abyss has correlated characters, just not the same main characters. It switches to the point of view of Reyna who was a lesser character i…moreSong of the Abyss has correlated characters, just not the same main characters. It switches to the point of view of Reyna who was a lesser character in Isle of Blood and Stone. It is further in time, so she is no longer a child. The main characters from the first book, such as Elias and Mercedes, are still involved just not as much.(less)

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Bitchin' Reads
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
8/12/2019: Here I was worried that Song of the Abyss wouldn't live up to Isle of Blood and Stone, so I waited until within a month of its release to read it. Pfffft. I should never doubt Makiia Lucier because she is an amazing storyteller. This companion novel stays true to those from Song of the Abyss while also expanding Reyna's perspective to new lands as a mystery has her searching for her beloved friends.

And of course, there was a romancing brewing between Reyna and a dashing, kind-hearted,
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Vicky Again
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I sped through this so quickly. I love how Lucier's writing is so clearheaded and easy--Lucier wants you to focus on the story and what will happen next in the plot, rather than getting lost and confused in the prose, and I really appreciated this a lot.

This world is so much fun and it's definitely a fantasy I'd recommend--totally lived up to my expectations. I'd highly recommend this series (in any order! they can be read as standalones and don't need to be sequential) and wish we would get mo
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Yusra  ✨
Jul 23, 2018 marked it as to-read
wow i NEED THIS
Alaina
I have received this ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Totally went rogue with this series. No, I didn't read the books out of order. It has just been like a super long time since I read the first book of this wonderful series. For example, I read Isle of Blood and Stone almost a year ago. Yup, May 20th to be exact. So you'd think that I would've been normal/smart about diving back into the first book before reading this one.. and you'd be completely wrong. I definitely just ki
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The Captain
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this young adult fantasy novella eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

I absolutely loved the first book in this series, isle of blood and stone, and was very excited to get a copy of this companion novel.  And I loved it!  I read this in one sitting and was completely immersed in the story.  The highlights of this one included:  

The world-building - Seriously I loved getting more information about del Mar and t
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Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

Initial post reading thoughts:
Absolutely stunning and mesmerizing 😍

Teaser Review:
I was super lucky to win a giveaway for Song of The Abyss back in November and an eGalley prior and I was going to wait longer to start it because this book does not come out until August. But the cover kept looking at me and I was looking at it and I caved. Release date is still a while off BUT I loved Song of the Abyss to much to not talk about it now. So, pl
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Annette
It upsets me that Tower of Winds is only a duology. I want more. 😭 I want to learn about Blaise time in medical school, the fate of Lord Jaime, and if King Ulises will ever marry.
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: publisher-sent
I rate this book 4.5 stars. I really honestly wish I could rate it a full 5 stars, but beginnings continue to be a struggle for Lucier. The first book had about 100 pages of backstory that was rather boring to get through and then suddenly it picked up several notches and didn't let go until the end. This second installment was the same, except it was only 75 pages. The story focuses on Reyna, who was a 9 year old girl full of spunk in the first book and stole every scene she was in. My biggest ...more
Raquel Baggins
2.5 ★★☆☆☆
Review copy was received from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review

This was a quick, easy and entertaining read perfect for a summer holiday next to the sea. I chose Song of the Abyss to read and review because the plot sounded really interesting and combined a YA fantasy theme with pirates and a strong young heroine, elements I genuinely like. Although I haven’t read the first book in t
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The Nerd Daily
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on The Nerd Daily | Review by Holly Angus

Seventeen-year-old Reyna is the daughter of an esteemed navigator. While on an adventure to prove her ability to be a female explorer for the royal house of St. John del Mar, Reyna’s ship is attacked by pirates and she is left to swim to shore in sea serpent infested waters.

Enter Captain Levi, the second child of the king of Lunes. I enjoyed how Lucier originally introduced this character as weeping in public on the port than Reyna swims
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Colleen
5 Stars

*A exhilarating journey with all the hallmarks of a grand adventure*


Last year I read Isle of Blood and Stone and thoroughly enjoyed it. So I was excited to read the sequel. Although they can be read as standalones, I would recommend reading them in order. There is a lot of worldbuilding in the first book. And many of the characters from the first book are also in Song of the Abyss.

The one grumble about Isle of Blood and Stone was that while it was an enjoyable quest, it didn’t have the s
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Ashley
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You guys can see the full review on my dumb blog here.

HOLY CRAP. I loved the first book, and the second is even better, you guys!

Remember Reyna, everyone’s favorite little badass from Isle of Blood and Stone? Reyna is the granddaughter of former Royal Navigator Lord Silva, and she’s the one who discovered the map who set off all the action of the first book. Well, Song of the Abyss takes place eight years after the events of Isle of Blood and Stone. Reyna is now seventeen and well on her way to
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C.P. Cabaniss
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
"Lies were best remembered when they bore some semblance of truth."


This was my second read of this book and almost one year to the day of the first read. This, as well as the companion novel Isle of Blood and Stone are among the best of young adult fantasy.

The writing is excellent, the characters well drawn, the world building subtle yet complex. If you haven't added Makiia Lucier's books to your reading list, you really need to.


original review
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Teresa
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a stan-alone companion to Isle of Blood and Stone. While you do not have to read it, I highly recommend you do, as Song of the Abyss takes place a few years after the events of Isle of Blood and Stone.

While I greatly enjoyed Isle of Blood and Stone, Song of the Abyss is far superior. The adventure, the romance, the characterization, the mystery--all of it is absolutely fantastic and phenomenally well-crafted.
Kay
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to HMH for giving me a free ARC at Yallwest

It was super cool for me to read this book, because I received it at a panel at Yallwest! I went to the Royals panel, and I had the pleasure of listening to the author, Makiia Lucier, speak with other authors about writing about royals, fantasy kingdoms, etc. I loved hearing about her writing, and especially how much she enjoys maps! It was so cool to see that in this book!

Song of the Abyss is the sequel to Isle of Blood and Stone, which I r
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Breanna
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks

ARC provided by the publisher.

Isle of Blood and Stone is one of the most under-hyped books, and it’s companion novel Song of the Abyss can join its ranks as greatly written YA fantasies that deserve way more attention than they are getting.

The main character’s name is Reyna, and I will 100% admit that it was the reason I decided to pick up this ARC and forced me into reading the first book. Reyna was one of my favorite characters in Isle of Blood and Stone
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coffee
I went through the previous posts for this blog tour and it looks like everyone knew that you could read this book as a standalone from Isle of Blood and Stone. I must have missed the memo because I went and read the first book, which is now making me feel conflicted! Why? Because I adored book one!!

In Song of the Abyss, we are once more dropped off into the lands of St. John del Mar, except eight years into the future. While book one followed the adventures of Elias, Mercedes, and King Ulis
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Song of the Abyss took me almost three weeks to get through, which is not a great sign, even with the number of books I read.

The world Lucier has created is an interesting one, with seas full of monsters. The first book didn't have that much fantasy to it, aside from being a fictional world with monstrous seas, but Song of the Abyss has a bit more, which through me for a loop. Ironically, I felt like the fantasy elements didn't belong for a moment, even though this book is a fantasy. There's not
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Sabrina
A fun and quick read!
The first book is still better in my opinion and the beginning keeps being a problem for Lucier but I still really enjoyed the story, the plot and the characters!
Where the first book had a rather slow pace to itself the pace of this one was much faster, which is also the reason for the rating being only about 3.75 to 4 stars.
Still an enjoyable read and I do hope for another book set in this very interesting and unique world!
Aoife
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, a3e, a2, hmh, august
A wonderful followup to Isle of Blood and Stone, this novel sweeps the reader into an aquatic adventure featuring strange lands and magic. I loved the detail, things like the smell of the spices and the dresses Reyna (reluctantly) wears. The mystery was fascinating and I read this in almost one go...had to stop for work, more's the pity, but I got there in the end. The ghosts really creeped me out, too! I wasn't so sure of the instalove, but I've learned to accept and mostly ignore it, as it fea ...more
Myron Brown
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When her ship traveling to del Mar is hijacked, Reyna is the only person to escape. Her escape sparks an investigation involving rival kingdoms, disappearing ships, and mythical creatures. In order to learn what happened she must team with a rival kingdom and its handsome prince. Book two of the Tower of Winds series takes place eight years after the first. The focus is now on Reyna, now a seventeen year old apprentice mapmaker. Although this is the second book of a duology this is a standalone, ...more
The Blonde Bookworm
I read the first book in this series last summer. I really enjoyed it but it wasn't super memorable. Lucier's second novel in the series is so much more fun and I really enjoyed it much better than the first novel. The characters were more relatable and the pace of the novel was a lot steadier. I thought the storyline was a lot of fun and I was constantly on my toes. Plus, who doesn't love a badass female lead character? I would definitely recommend this to readers who enjoy YA fantasy, and I do ...more
Amy
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunning! Makiia Lucier has quickly become a favorite author and I look forward to reading more of her work and waiting for new tales.
Adriana Martinez Figueroa
Me: there’s no way makiia lucier could write a better male LI than elias in IOBAS
Makiia Lucier writing Levi: i’m about to ruin this reader’s whole life
Christine
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Spunky ten-year-old Reyna from Isle of Blood and Stone is now a 17-year-old apprentice explorer. While you don't have to read that to read this, it wouldn't hurt as there are references to events from that novel, and although her story is not central to that book, what happens to her family is important in how she will face the future.

With that out of the way, let me say that Lucier has once again written a riveting fantasy/adventure/mystery. While there's more fantasy here, mysterious creatures
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theGraveyard Librarian
Loved the first book, couldn't wait for this one. Just as well written and it's easy to get caught up in the story. I don't feel like a reader would miss anything significant not having read the first in the series. The insta love was tolerable, riding sea worms sounds awesome but there wasn't much else here. There are so many interesting side plots that aren't explored and the climax I had to read twice because it was taken care of in about two sentences. Love the characters, love the world and ...more
Kevin
Very different from the first book in terms of plot, but still excellent. There were some real "Oh shit" moments, in the best way. I'm still mad this is only a duology.
Nat ⭐️
I refuse to spoil absolutely anything about this book, but Iet me just say that this lived up to my expectations and even surpassed them. What a wonderful new glimpse into this world—and I loved following a spunky, grown-up Reyna on her own adventure!
I’d also like to say that while I definitely recommend reading Isle of Blood and Stone before this one, it’s actually not all that necessary! Of course a lot of our favorites make comebacks, but if you’re new to this series you can still enjoy this
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Camillea
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
It was about a year ago when I first read Isle of Blood and Stone, the first book in the Tower of Winds series by Makiia Lucier. I was entranced by the historical world of explorers and mapmakers that was in Isle of Blood and Stone. However, unlike many historical fantasy books, the latter did not have any magic present. Yet the author presented a world that was interesting enough to stand out. Needless to say, having read and loved Isle of Blood and Stone I knew book two would have a lot to liv ...more
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Makiia is the author of historical fiction and historical fantasy for young adults. She grew up on the Pacific Island of Guam (not too far from the equator), and has degrees in journalism and library science from the University of Oregon and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Her debut novel, A Death-Struck Year, was called a "powerful and disturbing reading experience" by Publishers Weekly, an
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