The Drowned Tomb by James Fahy

the drowned tomb

The Drowned Tomb by James Fahy

Published 2016 by Venture Press (It has already been published)

The summer heat is sweltering, and the young changeling, Robin Fellows, awaits further training. He has gained much skill in the Shard of Air, but what is coming next? 

After his previous tutor was revealed to be an agent of the mortal enemy of all Fae, Lady Eris, Robin is assigned a new mentor to continue his magical learning. 

Enter Calypso, a water nymph and member of the race of Panthea that also inhabit the mysterious, enchanted Netherworlde. Her job: to instruct Robin in the Shard of Water, a powerful magic with which the user can cast huge bolts of ice and command entire oceans to bear down his or her will. 

But all is not well at Erlking Hall, and war is fast approaching the Netherworlde. 

More agents of Lady Eris are in pursuit of young Robin, the Scion of the Arcania and last Changeling in the world. 

They’re out for the Shard of Water as well. 

And they’ll stop at nothing to find it, no matter who gets in their way… 

After reading the first book within this series, it was obvious that I had to read the second one. Like with the first book, I have really mixed feelings about this book, but, as a whole, I did really enjoy it! Again, I am going to do a list format for this review because I think it will be easier!

Likes:

  • The description and the world building – whether it was the human world or in the netherworlde. I felt like I could have been standing next to Robin throughout this whole book. The world building is full of rich descriptions… it makes you want to visit!!
  • The characters! Again, all of the characters kept their own voices, despite there being so many of them. Even with the introduction of new characters, they were unique and well thought out! A lot of the core values of the characters from the first book were the same, but they had also changed in a way that came from what they went through in the first book. Although, Karya’s character is still bugging me.
  • Woad. He is a character, but he is my favourite character! I adore him! Can I adopt him, like he did Inky (the kraken)? … Can I adopt a Kraken?
  • The second half of the book kept me on the edge of my seat and I was desperate to know what happened next! There was so much action and so many problems to solve, I had to keep reading!
  • The book didn’t end like I expected it to. I was expecting something similar to what we got in the first book. Whilst it was a tad similar, there was also one major twist that I wasn’t expecting and I am looking forward to see how this impacts with the next book in the series!

Dislikes:

  • The first half of the book felt a little slow. I understand that Robin has to learn a new Tower etc. but I felt like it could have been spruced up a little bit? Even the face off with the Kraken felt a little anti climatic with the way it went!
  • At the beginning of the book, it almost felt like we had the Ron, Harry, Hermione trope. Even their personalities felt pretty similar! It took a while for this to change and for them to have their own voices.
  • Awesome – sauce. I understand that the book is set in modern day England when they are in the human world, but did they really have to use the term awesome sauce?!? Seriously?? I felt like the language changed a lot depending on who was talking and where they were and it was a little confusing. I didn’t like the use of the term Awesome Sauce.
  • I also think that insulting someone by calling them a Nazgul isn’t really an insult. Instead, I was thinking about Lord of the Rings and the Nazgul…

All in all I really enjoyed this book and I am definitely looking forward to seeing where this series goes. I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Have you read this series? Did you enjoy it? Feel free to leave comments and I will check them all out! 

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