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Song of the Abyss

(Tower of Winds #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  59 reviews
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 flyin
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: August 27th 2019 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Makiia Lucier It sure is, though both ISLE OF BLOOD AND STONE and SONG OF THE ABYSS are standalones. 8)

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Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Yusra  ✨
Jul 23, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
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
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 the series (
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
you all need to stop sleeping on these books. Full RTC!
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
C.P. Cabaniss
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
*My review is based on the reading of an ARC that I received. All thoughts are my own.*

A few chapters into this, I wasn't sure if I was going to continue. The concept of it was really interesting to me, but I was finding a hard time connecting with the writing style. I decided to give it a bit more time to see if it would catch my attention and it did. I enjoyed this quite a lot.

I liked the cast of characters and the world that was developed. The magical elements were woven in smoothly and adde
The Blonde Bookworm
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Scotti LeeMarie,
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. Best enjoyed on a beach or on a boat and with a sense of adventure.

I’d like to preface this review by stating that although this book is a sequel t0 the Tower of Winds, it is not necessary to read the first book prior to this one. Although the del Marians often elude to events that happened in the first book, the storytelling in this one is not dependent on that and the story does truly stand on its own.

Reyna is a mapmaker for the kingdom of St. John del Mar. During one of her adventu
Allie Gerard
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Song of the Abyss more than I thought I would from the first few pages. What I thought would be YA fantasy fluff turned out to have a cool mystery story hidden inside! That's not to say this book is perfect, but it was a satisfying plane read.
The main character, Reyna, has a lot of personality and agency. Things don't happen TO her, she makes her own choices about where to go and what to do. Her chosen profession is also unique and one I hadn't seen in a fantasy book before. I could ha
Oh my... I absolutely loved this book. Why aren't more people anticipating this book?? I want to shout about how much I love this world to everyone I know - and beyond.

I will preface this review by saying that you can absolutely read Song of the Abyss without first reading its predecessor Isle of Blood and Bone. Enough is explained about the characters you would've already met that I don't think you'd be missing much. (And this book takes place several years later and follows a different main ch
Rich in Color
Review copy: e-ARC via publisher
(Note: This book includes graphic depictions of violence and mild body horror.)

I very much enjoyed Makiia Lucier’s previous Tower of Winds novel, Isle of Blood and Stone (K. Imani’s review here), so I was thrilled to get an eARC of Song of the Abyss. While Song is a sequel, both books are standalone. Characters from Isle do make appearances, but they’re secondary to Reyna, who is no longer a child and has become a mapmaker. One of the things I love most about this
The Nerd Daily
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I keep my reviews spoiler-free, and they are unaffected by the free copy.

I did enjoy the previous book, mainly for the journey, so I was interested in seeing what would happen here. This book is kind of a sequel in that it takes place years after the first one, but I don't think it's necessary to have read the first. It's been long enough I didn't even realize this had connections with the first
Rebecca M
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In SONG OF THE ABYSS, the second installment of Makiia Lucier's TOWER OF WINDS series, 17-year-old orphan and apprentice mapmaker Reyna's ship is raided by mysterious, revenant-like soldiers. Reyna must abandon ship and flee toward safety, leaving every single crew member behind and taking only the ship's most valuable maps with her as she swims toward foreign shores in search of help--and an explanation. So begins a great adventure that will thrust Reyna into the paths of sovereigns and princes ...more
Bekah | Bekah’s Bookshelves Hosford
Reyna wants nothing more in the world than a boat under her feet, blank parchment, and new lands on the horizon. Once she turns eighteen, she can complete her master work and become an official Master Explorer and Map Maker; then she will have everything she needs to accomplish her dreams. However, not everything is smooth sailing. After surviving and escaping an attack on her ship, Reyna finds herself at the hands of the neighboring royalty. Can she trust them, especially Prince Levi, to help h ...more
McKayla Moors
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, fantasy, young-adult
Okay, so I read that whole book and just found out about fifteen seconds ago that it is the second in a series. That is how you write a book.

Shaking off my utter surprise, Song of the Abyss was absolutely wonderful. A complex world similar enough to our own to not require very much exposition, but still explained well enough that, again, I had no idea that this wasn't the first book in the series. (However, I see Lucier's comment on the Goodreads page that this is the last in the series, and I
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Received ARC from Yallfest 2018.

Confession - Before I started reading Song of the Abyss, I had never heard of Makiia Lucier or Isle of Blood and Stone (sorry!). In fact, I started reading the book and it was only when I added it to my Currently Reading bookshelf that I realized it was actually Book #2. Already a couple chapters in, I paused, did some research, and was relieved to find out that both Isle of Blood and Stone and Song of the Abyss were stand alone books. And so... I went back to rea
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here is a rarity —a sequel that does not disappoint and yet succeeds in its own right as a standalone novel. Well done, Makiia Lucier!

Over a decade has past since Isle of Blood and Stone. Some of our favorite characters are still around, but the focus has shifted to Reyna —a budding mapmaker and explorer.

Plucky, resourceful, and oblivious to her own charm, Reyna is a wonderful heroine. As the story opens, a midnight attack leaves Reyna stranded on the neighboring and only slightly friendly isl
This book was gorgeous! I have so many good things to say about this book and author! To start with, I must say I've been having poor luck with so many books and writing styles being lackluster and just blah, and didn't expect to like this book; however, once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. The story, the mystery, the characters, all were so subtly strong and beautiful. I didn't want the book to end. The author does a masterful job of keeping you so involved and interested in the pl ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a3e, august, 2019, a2, hmh
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
C.L. McCollum
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK so real talk, I finished up ISLE OF BLOOD AND STONE this morning and immediately scrambled for the ARC of the sequel/companion novel based out of sheer love for that book. And this one - y'all I think I may have actually enjoyed this one even more?? It's a little odd in that in some ways this might technically be the weaker book - the intricate Indiana Jones/quests with clues from a map plot of the first book was a HUGE draw for me, and we didn't get the same kind of story in this one. Howeve ...more
Magnificent sequel!
Thanks to NetGalley, Edelweiss, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and a goodreads giveaway for the opportunity to read and review Song of the Abyss by Makiia Lucier!
The story begins eight years after Isle of Blood and Stone. Reyna is now a teenager and struggling to sneak off a ship that’s under attack. She saves herself and her maps because of her logic, swimming abilities and help from sea worms. Reyna ends up in Selene, in the kingdom of Lunes, where the king has just died. She’s t
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 to. Levi is a strong, independent man who is captain of h
Candace (Chaoticfable)
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I absolutely adored Reyna from the first book, and fell absolutely in love with her as a character in this one. She makes an amazing character to follow.

The plot kicks off from the first page and doesn't slow down. I could not put the book down as I got further pulled into the mystery.

Makiia Lucier is fantastic at making the characters jump off the page, even ones that aren't seen for more than a few pages.

I do recommend reading the first book before this one, even though they do read like sta
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ohhh my goodness. This was so good! I was extremely fortunate to receive an arc from a giveaway by The Mary Sue.

While this is the second book in the series, you could definitely read it without having read the first. The characters from the first book do appear in this book, but only as the supporting cast. Also, ~8 years have passed so those characters have mellowed out a bit and matured.

Reyna is an awesome MC. In the first book, I found her to be very endearing; she is a tough and smart cookie
Ashley Mayer
“Song of the Abyss” by Makiia Lucier has traits of a classic YA story that’s heavy on adventure and mystery and light on the romance. I loved it! The story is fast-based with a great cast of characters. Reyna is a seventeen-year-old explorer who has to flee her ship for safety. Her adventure includes mythical creatures like sea monsters and harpies, a foreign prince who captains his own ships, mischievous best friends, and a conclusion that I did not see coming! This was a fantastic book that ca ...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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