The Isles of the Gods is the first book in a new YA series which is Amie Kaufman’s first solo novel. Thank you to Allen and Unwin for the review copy.
Selly, a girl raised on the seas, finds herself on an unexpected journey with Prince Leander of Alinor, a spoiled and entitled prince. She is sailing after her father; he needs to cross the Crescent Sea so he can complete a ritual on the sacred Isles of the Gods. But what starts as a leisure cruise will lead to acts of treason and sheer terror on the high seas, bringing two countries to the brink of war, two strangers closer than they ever thought possible and two dangerous gods stirring from centuries of slumber…
The Isles of the Gods is Amie Kaufman’s first YA solo fantasy book. She has written other trilogy and series that I’ve absolutely loved.
We follow 5 different perspectives of Selly, Leander, Keegan, Jude and Laskia.
Selly, who wants to be a sailor like her father, Leander, who carries the biggest burdens even though he seems just to party has a good, genuine heart, Keegan, who finds his reality by burying his head into book pages and researches, Laskia, who is focused on proving herself to her sister, and finally Jude, who is trapped to be part of a suicide mission when all he wants is to save the life of his mother.
I absolutely loved switching perspectives and discovering their thoughts and views about what takes place and how their arcs changed and evolved over the course of the book.
How these characters all interact especially Selly, Leander and Keegan is endearing and the cliffhanger has me wanting the next book. This was an amazing YA solo debut.