Thank you to Little, Brown Book Group UK, Orbit and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.
Book: Call of the Bone Ships (The Tide Child 2) by R.J. Barker
Release Date: November 26th 2020
Tags: Adult | Fantasy | Naval Warfare | Ship Life | Loyalty | Prophecy | Sea Dragons | Mutiny
Trigger/Content Warnings: Non Graphic Limb Removal on Page | Loss of Limb | Death | Torture
Other books in this series I reviewed
The Bone Ships
Dragons have returned to the Hundred Isles. But their return heralds only war and destruction. When a horde of dying slaves are discovered in the bowels of a ship, Shipwife Meas and the crew of the Tide Child find themselves drawn into a vicious plot that will leave them questioning their loyalties and fighting for their lives.
Last year I read The Bone Ships and was not quite as taken with it as others around me. Regardless in the last 25% I saw so much potential for a continued series that I was excited for its sequel. And Call of the Bone Ships lived up to this.
What draws me to this installment and the series as a whole is the focus on the characters on the Tide Child and this sense of something bigger lurking with them. With the wind talker and Joron. The sea dragons that are rising, waking in the sea. There is a lot that we don’t know. That our characters don’t know and we figure it out with them along the way.
Joron, our main character, will never be my favorite. But where he was very jarring to me in the first book, he has grown a little since then. I also knew what I was getting into with this book and Joron, and that helped.
But I love what surrounds him. The Bone Ship, the guillauime, Meas, the sea dragons, the singing, the other deckchilders. There is such a sense of loyalty and of being a crew that you feel as you are pitching along on their fight as a crew member. That is quite a feat.