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Beyond the Shadowed Earth

(Beneath the Haunting Sea #2)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  275 ratings  ·  122 reviews
It has always been Eda’s dream to become empress, no matter the cost. Haunted by her ambition and selfishness, she’s convinced that the only way to achieve her goal is to barter with the gods. But all requests come with a price and Eda bargains away the soul of her best friend in exchange for the crown.

Years later, her hold on the empire begins to crumble and her best frie
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Published January 14th 2020 by Page Street
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Kayleen I haven't read Beneath the Haunting Sea and wasn't confused during Beyond the Shadowed Earth. I'm sure it would help with a bit of the world-building,…moreI haven't read Beneath the Haunting Sea and wasn't confused during Beyond the Shadowed Earth. I'm sure it would help with a bit of the world-building, but not necessary. (less)

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DNF @ p. 112

So, funny story with this ARC. I accidentally requested the sequel before I'd read the first book. It doesn't really match the cover of the first book (how annoying is that, btw? My compulsive self is scREAMING) so I had no way of realizing they were connected. Luckily, I am a compulsive book hoarder and I happened to own a copy of book one. "Hoorah!" I thought to myself. "I can binge-read these fantasy novels and have mysel
Joan He
May 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
have you seen the cover? have you read the excerpt and pitch? because I have and I am DECEASED
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Another gorgeous cover!!

Psst... come find me on Instagram at @reverieandink!
Helena Paris
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Madison Mary
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
*ARC received from Page Street in exchange for an honest review*

"The gods will have their payment"

Beyond the Shadowed Earth is a story about longing to belong and the true pain of sorrow and loneliness.

As a child, Eda mad a pact with the god Tuer to become Empress in exchange for her life in service. Nine years later, Eda's control over her empire is being to wane and coup is stirring. When Eda is betrayed by her god she sets off on a dangerous journey to hunt him down and demand retr
After reading and being pleasantly surprised by Echo North earlier this year, I was really looking forward to this. Sadly it didn't work for me. Eda that made the book unbearable. It's hard to get through a book when the main character is incredibly selfish. I couldn't even admire her as a queen because she was not politically savvy at all.

Eda made a deal with a god to become empress. Of course things quickly go awry. She didn't have the right allies to strengthen her political power, so althou
Marta Cox
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
This is set in the same world as the authors previous book Beneath the Haunting Sea but is not exactly a sequel and I guess I should describe it as a companion story as it’s fleshing out the world building. I was intrigued by the idea of a heroine who wasn’t exactly heroic but honestly struggled to actually like Eda. I think I clearly need to feel sympathy, camaraderie or just plain empathy and sadly even though the journey throughout this story is leading Eda to conquer her own demons sadly I w ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, fantasy, 2019-reads
‘This book gave me so much and I’m not sure how I feel about it.

“Beyond the Shadowed Earth” sees Eda working to fulfill her end of the bargain she made with the gods to become Empress but with her Barons going over her head making deals with foreign governments she finds herself playing a deadly game that could cost her everything she’s ever wanted.

So from the beginning I really loved the mythology in this that plays the biggest role in shaping the characters and influencing them both the good
Veronica ( moon & coffee. )
A | If I could hold up another book as the PERFECT example of mythology and worldbuilding, I’d move Beneath the Haunting Sea to the side and hold this one higher up instead. Beyond the Shadowed Earth takes what was good about the previous standalone book in this universe and makes it better. Quite frankly, this book is far more compelling and impressive. Eda makes for a far better protagonist than Talia. The mythology and worldbuilding are much more extensive here. Still, although I liked the st ...more
Joanna Bennett
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating 4.5

This isn’t technically a sequel to Beneath the Haunting Sea as it is more of a companion novel. I still think that you should read BtHS because it’s where we are first introduced to Eda and it really is the driving force for this novel.

I enjoyed the first book and in some ways I loved this book more. I think that there is a lot of good lessons that can be learned if you look between the lines and sometimes they are right at the surface.

Eda is the Empress of half the world. She has ever
A Book Shrew
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-reads
Well, we were off to a slow start, but Book 1 of 2020 is complete! And what a book it was: intricate and exquisite are two words that come to mind.

Full review at A Book Shrew

I haven't read Meyer's previous novel Beneath the Haunting Sea, which is the companion to this book. That said, I'm pleased to say I had no confusion at all, so it's not a must-read. Although you probably should, since Meyer's writing really is quite fantastic.

The key selling point for this book—and what delivers across each
DNFd at about 25%.

It started out interesting, pulled me in and I was enjoying the story building and Eda's history. The plot sounded awesome, and I was excited for another badass female lead to strut her stuff and take whatever the hell she she wanted, because F the consequences. Right?!

But....this went from "Woo!" to "Zzzzz" real quick.


I just have no connection or feeling towards anything in this book. The main character, Eda, is bland and just says things that lack any emotion. When she is s
Anna Bright
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy
official blurb that i officially wrote for official purposes:

Gods and palaces and mountains and monasteries, betrayal and sacrifice and justice and atonement... BEYOND THE SHADOWED EARTH is hands spread across a map, flames on an altar, reverent and ancient and careful and strange. A wondrous fantasy of sweeping proportions.
Vanessa (bookfairy95)
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2020
***I received an Arc of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

***Contains spoilers!***

When I started this book I was a bit overwhelmed by it. The world seemed to vast, too much to comprehend and I felt like it wasn’t explained enough and like I was just thrown into the story. This is my fault though. I requested this book on the synopsis alone, without knowing that it would be the second in a series, so most likely the world was thoroughly explained in book 1 already.

As so
Gayatri Saikia   | per_fictionist
I am quite fond of books that leave me pondering upon and characters that give me second thoughts of whether or not I should like or despise them. And that is what exactly happened with BEYOND THE SHADOWED EARTH by Joanna Ruth Meyer. First let me start off with what worked out for me : Eda, I am a Slytherin so coming across a character like Eda, who thrives for power and being selfish at times always makes me happy. I kind of feel such characters are really RARE and its forever an honor to see s ...more
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am far too late in reviewing this book, as the e-copy I downloaded from NetGalley was poorly formatted and difficult to read. But I persevered nonetheless, because it's beautifully written. Eda is such an angry, ruthless heroine that it would be easy to dislike her, but from the beginning Joanna Meyer draws the reader in with a tragic backstory that makes Eda's harshness understandable and her zeal to appease her gods compelling -- as well as hinting at the possibility of redemption. There's a ...more
Amber (The Book Bratz)
Sigh...I was really excited for this one. DNFed at 15%

Full thoughts to come
Sheila G
Thanks to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for having me as a part of your blog tour!

I received a copy of this book via Page Street Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

”One must always take care when treating with gods,” said her father. “It may not be worth the risk.”

Okay, I know that I should never judge a book by it’s cover, but I mus
I received an e-arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Page Street Publishing!

Though I had trouble with the first few parts of the book, Beyond the Shadowed Earth flaunted exquisite story elements such as the writing style, the plot, and the rich world-building. At the end of it, I can say that I enjoyed reading the book!

Brilliant writing style
I adored the writing style of the author. It was poetic, sometimes haunting, and it was definitely atmosph
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley, and Page Street Kids for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.


First of all, I really don’t think that I could be in Eda’s situation, although a part of me does feel like I can be ruthless to get what I want. Maybe. Sometimes. In my dreams. Not sure.
Chiara | _ckarys
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I received an ebook copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating: 2.5 stars

Beyond the Shadowed Earth had a very strong start for me. I was so very intrigued by Eda, our villainous protagonist. Her ruthlessness and determination made for an unpredictable protagonist, and I found it extremely refreshing. Her villainous traits set Eda apart from the usual heroine, and coupled with an incredible world-building frame and a winning political int
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very, very different tale which gave me an extremely unlikable heroine set in a political world of greed and gods, yet had the power to incite my curiosity to know if she got what she deserved.

Eda wanted the throne, she wanted to be an Empress. At. Any. Cost. She poisoned the old Emperor, killed the legal heir, made a deal with the God Tuer and bargained her nest friend's life. Mid story a twist occurred, she lost everything, blamed the god and wanted to kill him. So she went searching out in
Savannah (forest_reader)
This book simply wasn't for me. I wonder if I would have a different opinion if I had read Beneath the Haunting Sea, which is another standalone set in the same world (and it came out first). But this one I just couldn't get into or connect to. Here are some reasons why:

-Eda is a completely unloveable, selfish character with no redeeming qualities. As a character-driven reader, this was a problem for me. I like some unloveable selfish characters, but only if I can connect to them in some way. I
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“After that, gods keep you.”
No, Eda thought, gods beware of me.”


Beyond the Shadowed Earth is an epic story of pride, greed and ego.  When Eda ascends the throne she does so through deception and a poorly thought out deal with a god.  The book is split into three parts and during the first book, I felt like that person in the back of the theater during a slasher movie, screaming “don’t open that door!” Eda is young and ambitious but is not wise and it shows.
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welp My bad! I had a hard time with this book. Not that is was bad I just didn't connect with the world or characters like I usually do when reading a favorite book. Now to the my bad part, I did pay attention like a dope and didn't know this was a companion book, so that could be one of the main reasons it didn't resonate with me.

If you are looking for a resilient and feisty lead with room for lots of development in her trials and tribulations this is a book for you. I didn't hate Eda but she
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
“It has always been Eda’s dream to become empress, no matter the cost. Haunted by her ambition and selfishness, she’s convinced that the only way to achieve her goal is to barter with the gods. But all requests come with a price and Eda bargains away the soul of her best friend in exchange for the crown.” – Goodreads

With that description I was excited to start this book. I was interested in the story of someone who is so ambitious they would betray their closest companion, and how that would aff
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There’s just something about Joanna Ruth Meyer’s writing that always leaves me wanting more! Beyond the Shadowed Earth is an excellent companion to Beneath the Haunting Sea. You can read each as a standalone, but I recommend reading them as companions as they are set in the same world and contain the same mythology. I really enjoyed the main character, Eda. She was so self-centered and selfish in the beginning of the story, but as she embarks on her journey, she shows tremendous growth and becom ...more
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished, with about a month left to go before the release of Meyer’s newest novel! :P I can’t keep up.

This, her third novel, takes place in the same world as her first, BENEATH THE HAUNTING SEA. The action takes place after the antagonist of that book/ protagonist of this one, Eda, has banished the rightful ruler of her empire. She’s put in a lot of work to claim that seat, after all, from poisoning old rulers to making deals with gods.

Or so she thinks that’s what she’s doing! /weirdly construc
Samantha Fondriest
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, teen
Having really enjoyed Echo North last year, I was thrilled to get an ARC of Beyond the Shadowed Earth - I'll admit, I requested it just based off the author. As the months went on, however, I just wasn't drawn by the synopsis to pick it up. Feeling guilty, I picked it up during its publication week, to at least get a timely review out. Unfortunately, this was a case of 'this book isn't for me.' The synopsis doesn't really accurately describe this book - for example, the adventure to find the god ...more
Deborah O'Carroll
What a stunning, mythic, gripping fantasy tale! This again affirms that I want to read everything this author writes. AWK! There are so many twists and it was so unique that it’s going to be hard to write a spoiler-free review, but I’ll give it a shot. I had SO MANY FEELS after reading it that it took me awhile to sort them out enough to write this review. I’m not sure I’ve quite recovered, even now. XD

Beyond the Shadowed Earth was rich and vivid, gritty, raw, but also gorgeous. It’s darker than
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Joanna Ruth Meyer is the author of the critically-acclaimed Echo North, as well as the companion novel duology Beneath the Haunting Sea and Beyond the Shadowed Earth. She writes stories about fierce teens finding their place in the world, fighting to change their fate, save the ones they love, or carve out a path to redemption.

Joanna lives with her dear husband and son, a rascally feline, and an e

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