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Kingdom of Sea and Stone

(Crown of Coral and Pearl #2)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  946 ratings  ·  196 reviews
Ever since Nor was forced to go to a nearby kingdom in her sister’s place, she’s wanted nothing more than to return to the place and people she loves. But when her wish comes true, she soon finds herself cast out from both worlds, with a war on the horizon.

As an old enemy resurfaces more powerful than ever, Nor will have to keep the kingdom from falling apart with the help
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it
i like that this is a duology. i think it was a very smart decision because i know this would have suffered ‘second book syndrome’ if it was stretched out any more.

this a nice conclusion to the series. everything is wrapped up exactly as the reader expects it to, so not many surprises along the way. i also like that the narrative incorporates a recap of what happened in the first book within the first couple of chapters. i also like how the fantasy aspect of the story is explored more.

overall, a
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
#1 Crown of Coral and Pearl — 3 Stars
#2 Kingdom of Sea and Stone — 3 Stars

Thank goodness this is a duology!

I’m sorry, but the villain was the dumbest and most ridiculous character ever. However, that wasn’t the worst thing to be because no one was more bland than the love interest. Also, Roan (nobody important that should’ve been given a more prominent role), why couldn’t you have shown up sooner?!

This was a nice conclusion. Coming from me, that probably didn’t mean much considering I was never
Helena of Eretz ✰
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.

Hmm. While this was a good ending to the duology, with all of the loose ends tied up quite nicely, it still felt unsatisfactory to me, as well. I can’t really put my finger on what it was, but I just felt myself wanting MORE than what I read.

Despite being a shorter book than the first, this dragged for me and took me over a month to finish. Every time I set this aside, I felt no de
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Kingdom of Sea and Stone is the sequel to A Crown of Coral and Pearl.

When I finished the first book, I picked this one up right away because I wanted to know more about this world and all its characters, but I can say that even though this second part is shorter, I felt it was weak, this conclusion of the story it was somewhat disappointing.

In the first book, I fell in love with that atmosphere, the main scenario that was the sea. And I loved the writing and how the author described so magically
☆ Anneli ☆
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Kingdom of Sea and Stone

This was fast paced, but a typical sequel. There was unnecessary uncertainty between Talin and Nor, he was underestimating her all the time. I felt like it was just there to keep the storyline "interesting" while nothing really happened. Speaking of relationships, I also felt like Sami and Zadie were just "there", in the background. I had no connection to those two characters whatsoever.
I HATE it when the main character and the love-interest splits up! Although it
Lucie V.
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
“I wanted to prove to her, to everyone in Varenia, that I was worth more than my appearance.”

I like that Nor gets more confident about her worth in this book. She also questions her choices and tries to figure out what will really make her happy, it is refreshing to have a female main character willing to tell the handsome prince that she loves him, but she will not be happy to be a royal wife. Her plans for her future did not necessarily fit with Talin’s plan and they both acknowledged it and
Diabolical Duckling
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Melanie (mells_view)
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
”... even if love was my greatest weakness, it was also the thing that made me strong.”

Kingdom of Sea and Stone was a great ending to Nor and crews story. We start off essentially right where we left off, as Nor heads back home to share some hope filled news with Varenia. Unfortunately the hopeful feeling does not last too long, and once again Nor leaves her hometown with her sister and Talin, to hopefully take down an old enemy and finally unite the kingdom. Along the way they meet some new fri
Sheila Goicea
Sep 21, 2019 marked it as 2020-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
1) Crown of Coral and Pearl: ★★★★

I can't wait to get my hands on this sequel!!!

3/9/20 - THIS COVER!!!!!!
✩ Yaz ✩
3 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kingdom of Sea and Stone is the sequel to A Crown of Coral and Pearl and I'm saddened to say this but the sequel was disappointing.

I do not want to prolong this review so I'll split it to two categories: What I liked and What I disliked

> What I liked:

• Nor's development and her questioning her choices and the kind of future she wants even if it doesn't follow Talin's version of the future he wants for both of them.

Roan was such a fantastic character and I wanted to see more of him

Title: Kingdom of Sea and Stone
Series: Crown of Coral and Pearl #2
Author: Mara Rutherford
Release date: October 6, 2020
Cliffhanger: no
Genre: YA fantasy

Before, when I would have given anything to see the world beyond my floating village in the sea. Before I understood just how much I had to lose.

When Crown of Coral and Pearl came out last year, I was completely and utterly obsessed. Not to mention hurting painfully from the cliffhanger at the end. I was desperate to get my hands on the follow up
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Thank you Harlequin Books for this book in exchange for an honest review

While 2020 has been a shit year, at least the sequels to our favourite books are getting released!
Crown of Coral and Pearl was a phenomenal book and the sequel was just as good!!
It was great to dive back into the kingdom by the sea but we also get introduced to new places by Rutherford with the same creative descriptions as the first book that leaves you with a vivid image of the worl
➳ Christie  ➳
Ooooft that cover!!!!
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tour, netgalley
"Nor, people fight, and the people we love the most fight the hardest because they care the most."-Zadie

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5

Thank you to NetGalley, Mara Rutherford, and Inkyard Press for the not only the opportunity to read Kingdom of Sea and Stone in exchange for an honest review, but to be a part of the Blog Tour as well.

This is the highly anticipated sequel (and seemingly last) book in the Crown of Coral and Pearl series (duology).

WARNING: some SPOILERS ahead if you have no
Alyson Stone
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy
Book: Kingdom of Sea and Stone
Author: Kara Rutherford
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank the publisher, Inkyard Press, for providing me with an ARC.

I really did enjoy the first book a lot and was so excited when Inkyard Press reached out. I love the world and the characters that this series brings to the world. However, for some reason, I thought it was a standalone. I thought everything was wrapped up pretty nicely. However, I am glad that we got a second book. I really enjoyed getti
ella (alecsbow)
dnf page 120

im extremely sad about this one because the first book was absolutely magical and just gorgeous. this one... not so much🤭

i felt like the characters who had previously been well developed suddenly became flat and two-dimensional. the worst part was that the romance between the two main characters somehow seemed to take about three steps back for absolutely no reason? and then there was, take a guess, a love triangle😭✋🏻

i ADORED the vibes of the first book but this one fell so flat :(
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“What’s troubling you?” he asked after a few minutes. “I can’t see my way forward anymore,” I said, my voice thick with unshed tears. “I know, child.” He smoothed my hair off my forehead. “Your journey has never been an easy one. I fear it never will be.” “Why?” I asked ... “Some of us are born knowing exactly who and what we are.” he said. “Others have to search a little harder.”

Kingdom of Sea and Stone is book two in the Crown of Coral and Pearl series which the author has stated is a duology.
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely delicious sequel full of more adventure, more romance, and more surprises. I love Nor and her world so much. If you like YA fantasy and haven't read Crown of Coral and Pearl, you're missing out! ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars

Kingdom of Sea and Stone is the sequel to the Crown of Coral and Pearl duology, and I have to say, I'm a little disappointed. I'd still recommend it to fantasy lovers, but things didn't turn out the way I wanted them to.

Nor and Zadie are twin sisters from the village of Varenia, where the Ilarean kings choose their brides from. Nor's name means coral, while Zadie's means pearl in Varenian. Varenian girls are famed for their beauty, so the two of them have been brought up since childho
Jodie- Readthewriteact
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I didn't actually realise that this was the last book in the series when I started reading it because well, trilogies seem to be the hot go to length. Anyhow, I was so pleasantly surprised that I got to see things wrap up for the characters in this book. And no this isn't just a tie everything in a neat little bow kind of book, it was packed with adventure and new discoveries about the characters. In fact we were introduced to some new characters who were equally as thrilling. This is definitely ...more
Marko R
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved where the sequel took the characters and how their stories wrapped up. We got to meet a few new faces and explore some new places, which had quite an impact on Nor and the story itself.

If you loved the first book, you'll definitely love this one! (+THERE ARE HORSES!)
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars. - To Be Released in October 2020.
Thank you NetGalley and Inkyard Press for the opportunity to read and review this ARC.

Kingdom of Sea and Stone picks up right where Crown of Coral and Pearl left off. Nor has returned to Varenia to be with her family when she receives some disturbing news from Talin. They embark on a journey to try and prevent a war from taking over Ilara.

Just like with the first book, there were some parts I absolutely loved and others that were just okay. The begi
Ida Maria
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just like in my own relationships I fail to tell the good guys from the bad. Welcome to my review, opinions and possible spoilers ahead.

Right off the bat I should mention that I am one of the confused souls who read the first book and thought that there had to be more to Ceren. More in the sense that he would turn out to be the good guy, twisted as it all may be, the one that Nor would actually end up with. Kind of like in the Unleashed/Unbroken series (do I remeber the title correctly? In any c
Laura•Sincerely Reads
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and Inkyard Press for the opportunity to review this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Good
• Still so here for sea kingdoms. Nor goes through such an extreme character growth that while surprised me, was so refreshing. She would not let herself be tied down. She fought for her freedom.

• World building continued to be impressive and beautiful. Rutherford does such a great job detailing each scene that it’s no problem at all picturing the same landscape as th
Elliot A
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Thank you to the publisher, Inkyard Press, for providing me with an ARC of Kingdom of Sea and Stone in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Gist

Can I tell you a secret? I truly struggle writing book reviews for sequels and Kingdom of Sea and Stone is no exception. There it is; I said it.

I keep staring at my computer screen, wondering what I should include and what I should leave out.

At the very least, this is still a review and not a summary or your Wednesday evening book
Paige Green
Oct 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Kingdom of Sea and Stone

Author: Mara Rutherford

Book Series: Crown of Coral and Pearl Book 2

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For...: fantasy, political intrigue, romance

Publication Date: October 6, 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (romance, slight violence and gore, war)

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Pages: 368

Synopsis: Ever since Nor was forced to go to a nearby kingdom in her sister’s place, she’s wanted nothing
Oct 09, 2020 added it
Shelves: dnfed
DNF'ed at 49%

Maybe the way in which I got into it affected the outcome, but I found that all the things that I had loved on the first book were missing on this one:

- worldbuilding. Okay, I wanted to see more Varenia, but it made sense we got to see more world, like Galethia. Only I found that world... lacking? Plain? The best was their relationship with horses, but it was vastly unexplored.
- the relationship between the twins. So much for it... in this book they are both more concerned with the
Savannah (forest_reader)
I'm going to preface this by saying I loved Crown of Coral and Pearl when I read it last year. I loved the sea vibes, the twin-sisterly love, the magic, and the tense plot. Unfortunately, Kingdom of Sea and Stone was a disappointment for me. The plot was quite boring and slow, I got annoyed with Nor and Talin's relationship, and the ending felt lackluster. I wonder if I would've liked it better if I'd reread Crown of Coral and Pearl before reading the sequel. I just didn't enjoy reading it, and ...more
Joanna Bennett
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an e-copy to review! All opinions are my own.

I was really looking forward to finishing up this duology this year. The first book was amazing and grabbed my attention right away. Although I liked bits here and there for the sequel, it just didn’t live up to my expectations.

One thing I was very curious about when it came to the sequel was the plot. The ending to the first left us with many questions.

For me, this plot was filled with too much will they o
Jamie Coudeville
It was good but a bit slow at times. And I wish there had been more of an epilogue at the end. I wanted to know what was next for Nor.
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Mara Rutherford began her writing career as a journalist but quickly discovered she far preferred fantasy to reality. Originally from California, Mara has since lived all over the world, from Russia to Peru, along with her Marine-turned-diplomat husband and two sons. A triplet born on Leap Day, Mara holds a Master's degree in Cultural Studies from the University of London and would rather study th ...more

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