Well here we are. It's over two weeks after I finished All the Windwracked Stars, and I'm only now finishing the final book of the Edda of Burdens, The Sea Thy Mistress.
Like All the Windwracked Stars, I had a bit of a hard time getting into The Sea Thy Mistress. Actually, that's an understatement: I had a very hard time getting into this story. It takes place during the 50ish years right after All the Windwracked Stars: the world is renewed thanks to Muire's sacrifice. Selene and Cathoair, as angels, are trying to help the world and its people rebuild. But then 34 years later, Muire's child with Cathoair (Cathmar) washes up out of the sea. And Heythe arrives, finding the world not at all how she expected it.
From there, the book moves slowly through Cathmar's childhood and adolescence. Cathmar is a child first and an angel second, and so he needs to learn how the world works. And this was a bit of a slog to get through, especially when I found myself having to backtrack through the dates a bit to figure out how old Cathmar was at certain times.
But once he sort of grew up, it felt like the story really started. Cathmar slowly got his independence and found a girl he liked. He moved into the city with her around the time the Imogen showed up to serve his father. But Cathoair was still grieving the loss of both Astrid (whom he accidentally killed) and Muire (although she was not truly lost, just changed); the Imogen's ability to feed on your pain becomes an addiction. And when Heythe finds him and tells him she can send him back to save Astrid at the cost of four days spent with her, Cahey agrees to her torture, not realizing Heythe may be using him just to get to Muire.
The Sea Thy Mistress, when it comes down to it, is an interesting read. Unfortunately it takes a bit to get there. It doesn't help that it deal with a pretty big time span and multiple characters (on that note, I think it gets better when the characters more or less come together later in the book). All in all, I am glad I persevered through the beginning and finished it and the entire saga.
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.