THE FOREVER SEA
JOSHUA PHILLIP JOHNSON
SERIES: The Forever Sea #1
REPRESENTATION: Sapphic relationship
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: Fantasy/Sci-fi
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 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 SEA. The pacing was a tad slow in places and I wasn’t a fan of the second POV as a framing device. Other than that, the book was really strong.
The cast of characters are good fun, led largely by various strong women. The romance was a minor element but handled nicely, with good chemistry between the characters. It’s a great coming-of-age story in a world with loads of potential to explore.
Clever, memorable and well-worth picking up.
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 when she receives devastating news. Her grandmother–The Marchess, legendary captain and hearthfire keeper–has stepped from her vessel and disappeared into the sea.
But the note she leaves Kindred suggests this was not an act of suicide. Something waits in the depths, and the Marchess has set out to find it.
To follow in her grandmother’s footsteps, Kindred must embroil herself in conflicts bigger than she could imagine: a water war simmering below the surface of two cultures; the politics of a mythic pirate city floating beyond the edges of safe seas; battles against beasts of the deep, driven to the brink of madness; and the elusive promise of a world below the waves.
Kindred finds that she will sacrifice almost everything–ship, crew, and a life sailing in the sun–to discover the truth of the darkness that waits below the Forever Sea.
A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.