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The ​Alcazar

(The Cerulean Duology #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  525 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Sera has finally recognized the true power of her Cerulean blood. But in order to return home, she’ll need help from Agnes, Leo, and their grandmother—the only person with knowledge about the mysterious island of Braxos, where the Cerulean tether is anchored. Though the journey will be treacherous, Sera will risk anything to see her City again.

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Kindle Edition, 465 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by HarperTeen
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This was a great conclusion to this magical duology. I loved the plot but especially the different messages in this book about love, friendship and the concept of home. It was really great.

Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was just as good or even better than the first one! What an interesting story, amazing characters and worlds. I love the way sexuality is portrayed and the view the people of both worlds have on it. No hate, no prejudice, just understanding. Also the way the characters are portrayed, the female characters are strong without the need to tell you they are badass or can do this and that. They are just strong in their own power, their willpower, their emotions and spirit. It was so refreshing t ...more
First book was really intriguing and original but also with so many flaws that it was hard connecting to the characters and having a full grasp on the world.
The Alcazar is definitely better in that the action is moving, the characters have actual interactions and some of them grow from one dimensional to full fleshed: Leela is the good surprise in this sequel I really cared for her and even admired her. Sera and mostly Leo on the other hand would have deserved more depth and complexity... at som
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5. I was only interested in The City above the Sky and Leela’s character. I thought Agnes, Leo and Sera’s part of the story to be pretty dull unfortunately.
Véronique Laplante Grenier
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Alcazar is the second book in the duology The Cerulan by Amy Ewing. I have really love the unique world that The Cerulan introduced us and was happy for the sequel.

Sera is trying to go back to the city above, her home, and is recognizing the power that her Cerulan blood give her. Agnes and Leo are helping her and are going to their grandmother who have knowledge about the island of Braxos, where the tether that keep the Cerulan anchor to the planet is. It won't be an easy journey.

In the city
May 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
*me, mesmerized by the CN tower-looking thing on the cover*

Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
"As long as the stars burn in the sky, I will love you."

I absolutely adored this book and the duology as a whole. The writing was intriguing, well paced, and both plot & character driven. The descriptive writing was really a huge stand out for me. I could visualize the characters, creatures and the worlds. Even the use of rich colors to describe everything added so much to the story. I was really satisfied with the ending of this duology even if the author did leave me with a few unanswered ques
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
An absolutely fantastic book, and a great sequel to the Cerulean. There's just one glaring problem.

Everyone is gay.


Not in a "this is a great book that takes place in a society that's open to all kinds of sexualities" way, oh no. In a "the author inserts declarations of sexuality like TV stations insert commercials" way. In a "how exactly does Pelago manage to keep a steady population if no one hetero-fucks?" way.

The prequel to this book, the Cerulean, was apparently advertised as some k
Derek Murphy
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful conclusion to an epic story

Loved everything about this sequel, which I’ve been waiting for. A unique ya fantasy with magic, steampunk elements, strong female characters, non-binary love interests and a sense of cultural history
Kaycee Sterling
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this duology so much! It was a very unique fantasy with strong female characters. I absolutely loved the way the story ended too. I really hope the author considers more from the Cerulean world. Not because it wasn’t wrapped up beautifully but because I am going to miss the characters and The Ceruleans!
Dark Heart Books
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Actual rating 3.5 stars. I didn’t get DNF vibes from The Alcazar like I did with The Cerulean but I do think that what this book had, the other lacked and vice versa.

I’m both happy and annoyed at this book. I’m really happy that it ended up being a pretty much ok and satisfying duology – but I’m annoyed that it was just ok.

Leela is a welcome breath of fresh air. She and her story arc was what was missing in The Cerulean – all the Cerulean-ness. And the human-cerulean conflict was what was missi
Jan 09, 2021 rated it liked it
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THE ALCAZAR wraps up an intriguing YA fantasy duology. The book continues to follow four main characters in alternating points-of-view, Sera, Leela, Agnes, and Leo. In this book, Sera, Leo, and Agnes have escaped to Pelago, a grouping of islands, where they plan to head to Braxos, the island where Sera saw the tether that holds her city to the planet. Sera is Cerulean, an alien race of all females with silver skin and blue hair. He
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review contains spoilers. The Alcazar is a beautifully written book with even more beautiful scenery. Sera is trying to return to her city in the sky that's tethered to this planet. Leo, Agnes, Vada and Sera flee Koalin on a ship to Pelago in hopes of finding their grandmother, Ambrosine Byrne. Their grandmother is stifling to say the least. Ambrosine is obsessed with family and heritage and all that nonsense. She’s a very wealthy and greedy woman who lives on an island called Culinnon. Cul ...more
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-from-2020
Sera has finally escaped Kaolin. Together with her friends Agnes, Leo, and Errol, they secure passage on a ship to Pelago in hope of finding Braxos, the mystical island that tethers Sera’s floating city to the planet below. They believe that by finding Agnes and Leo’s grandmother, Ambrosine Byrne, they’ll have a powerful ally to help them with their quest. But their grandmother is a formidable woman with goals and secrets of her own, and they start to learn that she may not be entirely focused o ...more
Mar 20, 2021 rated it liked it
I think the author did a good job of keeping a mystery going throughout this duology. There was enough revealed that it didn't drag on, but still plenty that I couldn't piece together. I loved the idea of having people doing horrible things but maybe for a not so bad reason. The battle of loving them and hating them is always a fun experience for me. They were not fully forgiven or excused but just made more real. I thought the author did well with the characters. I feel the series was more plot ...more
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I gave this duology a chance but I had major issues with the writing that kept me from ever getting into it. For one, these books are so long and have a lot of issues with pacing that means for way too many page nothing happens. I think this fantasy world also suffered from having too many ideas and then to fit everything in the characters and focus were diminished. In the beginning there wasn't enough plot to really be plot driven so it wandered around for half the book before introducing the m ...more
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Feb 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Like it’s predecessor, this book is a fairly easy and engaging read. It’s not super fast paced and it’s not slow, but it’s interesting enough to keep you going all the way to the end.

I actually feel we don’t get to spend as much time with the characters in the sense that they grow and develop, but I would have really liked to see more of it. The relationships especially. Everything is also a little too easy. I pretty much knew how it be a good ending just from how conveniently easy things are c
Jeanne Boyarsky
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I liked the first book a lot. My library didn't have the second so I bought it. And I'll donate it to my library when it reopens for donations so they will have a copy then!

This book shows the politics of the three queens in addition to Agnes and Leo's family. It also shows the history and problem in the City in the Sky. Along with how the tether works. Agnes and Leo's uncles all have different outlooks on the situation. Fun read.

I like the ending of the book. It's nice to see a Duology complete
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, od, read-2020
The book was an OK conclusion to the Cerulean duology, but two questions were never addressed, which made The Alcazar increasingly frustrating to read: How does the city move from one planet to another and how do women there get pregnant exactly? Those are two premises for the survival of the Cerulean. Everybody in the city seemed so thoroughly clueless that I can’t fathom how they will continue to do either without the head priestess.
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
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This was a fun conclusion to The Cerulean and there was a lot packed into this story. I loved the mystery surrounding the tether and how Leela began to uncover the truths about the city and her fellow Cerulean. I liked the planet side adventure with Sera as well. It was an interesting read and a satisfying ending to the series; although, it left me wondering about the future of the Cerulean. I wouldn't mind another story set in this world. ...more
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
Like the first book I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the alcazar but it was pretty good!!

I love the characters and the journeys they all went on. Leo, Agnes and Sera where all on their own journeys of self discovery and change and I was invested in their stories.

It all tied together really well and although the ending wasn’t what I first wanted it to be (I’m still not sure exactly what that was..) it was a good ending :)
Aspen Haase
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first book was interesting, and I knew I had to read the next one. I’m very glad I did! Amy Ewing summed everything up perfectly! This book rarely had any page stoppers and it was almost 500 pages! I truly enjoyed these two books and would recommend for others to go and enjoy these books as well. I would also recommend her other books!
Meghan L
A fantastic conclusion to The Cerulean. It was a nice winding story, that brings the reader to new places in the imaginative world. Truly, the world building in this duology is wonderful and creative.(view spoiler) ...more
Patricia Desjardins
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a magical world, beautifully laid out and filled with wonderful values and lessons. I think this planet, too, would benefit from a Cerulean visit. I like that the ending was not rushed either. It all made sense and it was the right way to conclude this amazing story.
Callie LaBelle
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases, owned
Overall: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Plotline: 3.5/5
Enjoyment Factor: 4.5/5

Review: This story is so unique and I really enjoy the character dynamics and the way the villains are written is very fun and created a lot of interesting questions throughout the books.
Sophie Baker
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This one was better than the first, I loved all the lore and the conspiracy that happened in this one in addition to the Gay. However, the relationship between Sera and Leo felt a little rushed so I didn't really buy it, but the book was really good. ...more
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible! It was an emotional journey, but I loved the storyline, I liked the characters growing and most importantly I want to say, that if they make another book for the cerulean series, I would read as soon as i get my hands on it! This was a beautiful ending to the story!
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Amy Ewing is the young adult author of The Jewel, the first in a trilogy from HarperTeen, coming out September 2014.

She grew up in a small town outside Boston, where her librarian mother instilled a deep love of reading at a young age. Amy moved to New York City in 2000 to study theater at New York University. Unfortunately, her acting career didn’t quite pan out. She worked in restaurants, as an

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