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The Forever Sea

(The Forever Sea #1)

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The first book in a new environmental epic fantasy series set in a world where ships kept afloat by magical hearthfires sail an endless grass sea.

On the never-ending, miles-high expanse of prairie grasses known as the Forever Sea, Kindred Greyreach, hearthfire keeper and sailor aboard harvesting vessel The Errant, is just beginning to fit in with the crew of her new ship w
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Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: January 19th 2021 by Daw Books
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♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Oct 02, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley, edelweiss
forget everything else but the AESTHETIC of this book because that's why I'm here ...more
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Kindred has just returned from a near-devastating journey on the Forever Sea when she learns her estranged grandmother has stepped into the grass and killed herself. Or has she?

"Let us escape again," the storyteller says, clapping his hands to gather their attention, "to a story of senseless violence and distrust, a story of love and hope, a story of our worst natures and the devastation a few might wreak."


Hovering between a 3.5 and a 4.

This is undeniably a book about climate change and the way
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Andreas
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Miles deep prairie grass, magically floating ships, pirates, a lost city, wilderness, the deeps. And in between a bildungsroman of a hearth keeper, a little bit of romance, ship battles, and the beautiful prairie sea. Review to come at publication date
Mary Robinette Kowal
I can rarely remember being this excited for a debut novel. This was everything I wanted it to be. Wind-swept prairie seas, pirates, magic, and found families.
Michael Stewart
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favs
What a fantastic world! You’ve never seen this, instantly recognizable yet completely alien, head slapping ‘why didn’t I think of that’ awesomeness, the closest comparable might be Chuck Wendig’s Heartland Trilogy. A well thought through magic system with a ton of room to grow, pirates, strong LGBTQ+ rep, did I mention pirates? Some of whom are creepy AF (Word).

The story follows Kindred a hearthfire keeper (think magical ship’s boiler where the fuel is captains bones) in her quest to find her g
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Louise
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE FOREVER SEA is completely original and unique.

It takes all the elements you love from pirate stories and reworks it along with science-fiction and dystopian elements in a world built around environmental scarcity.

The world-building is top notch and incredibly creative.

Cities woven together from nature itself.

A sea of grasses that goes hides monsters in it’s depths.

Magical fires that drive the ships, powered by songs and the bones of dead Captains.

I had two (small) quibbles with THE FOREVER S
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Allison (SPELLBOUND READER)
THIS COVER HAS ADDED 10 YEARS TO MY LIFE!
Dawn
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Can you give me half an hour while I rave about the imagination behind "The Forever Sea"? Please?! I was convinced "Joshua Phillip Johnson" was the pen name for a writing duo (minimum - it wouldn't have surprised me to find there was a whole collective of minds behind this book). The characters and world-building can't be faulted. It is an incredibly rich and vivid tale that was so easy to sink into (pardon the pun), and I can't wait for more.

My thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley. Th
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rachel ☾
The first book in a new environmental epic fantasy series set in a world where ships kept afloat by magical hearthfires sail an endless grass sea.


there's nothing like being blessed with an early copy of an anticipated release 🙏

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Justine
Oct 21, 2020 marked it as arcs
Shelves: fantasy
Thanks to NetGalley and DAW Books for providing an ARC!
SSShafiq
Dec 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: sff
Dec 2020: this reminds me of an anime I saw a little while ago. Wish I could remember the name ...
Lucy-May
Rating: 4.5

This was such an exciting, unpredictable & entertaining adventure, & I wish I could dive straight back into it. I loved this world of grass oceans & fire fuelled ships, with pirates living in trees & trees stealing the living. I was so excited to start this book but it still completely blew me away & I just want to know more about this incredible universe that the author has created. I was never 100% sure where the plot would go, & my guess about where the rest of the series would go
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Meghan
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from DAW in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I absolutely loved this book. I especially love books where every chapter there is a new exciting event taking place. The ambition Kindred had for finding her grandma and continuing her task as the hearthfire keeper in swimming along the majestic seas to find her grandma and save their kingdom. Little does Kindred know that beyond the waters are two cul
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Cary Morton
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I read a lot of books within a year, often more than a hundred, and I can honestly say that The Forever Sea by Joshua Phillip Johnson is easily the best book I've read this year. The world of The Forever Sea is masterfully crafted and comes to life through the quick flow of the narrative and vibrant description through the eyes of the protagonist, Kindred. The world-building is full of fantastical settings,
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C. Bear
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
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Cynde
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful lyrical tale told by a mystical Storyteller to a group of ragged families in a town named Twist. A town terrorized by the creatures of the dark and given respite by the coming of the Storyteller. The teller tells the tale of Kindred, a young firekeeper on a ship that sails and harvests the grasses of the prairies of the Forever Sea. The imagery of sunrise and sunsets over the Forever Sea are breathtaking, especially since it is a sea of grass and blooming plants that they sail across ...more
Kahlia
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Firstly, The Forever Sea has already secured itself a place on my hypothetical ‘top covers of 2021’ list…. and 2021 hasn’t even started yet. It drew me in right from the start with its bright colours and then got me intrigued… sailing ships are on the covers of nautical fantasy everywhere, except wait, that’s grass.

The creativity and boldness of the cover thankfully carried over into the world-building, which was by far my favourite thing about this book. It’s a little too grounded to be classif
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Mab
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Johnson’s novel is an incredibly creative and well-written story about a young woman following her intuition and the magic of the fires' song. There was a part of me imagining a world with leaves and grasses thick as trees and as deep as the ocean, but then there was another part of my mind that also imagined the whole story taking place in a pasture, the people mere centimetres in height. I love that there was just enough ambiguity that my mind could wander through different settings.

The story
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Madeline
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm guessing that this HAS to be at LEAST a total of four stars, and not that's not just because the cover is stunning! Right! Right? Right............

But no! I have never heard of a book with this sort of plot/storyline before, so I AM SO STOKED!! Review coming when published and I get my hands on it :)
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Laura
Dec 31, 2020 marked it as to-read
Recommended by MRK
WyrmbergSabrina
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon on my blog.
Thanks NetGalley for an eARC. I loved this. A story that lives up to the cover.
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