All the Stars and Teeth
Author: Adalyn Grace
Page count: 384
Release date: 4th February 2020
As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.
When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.
But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.
All I heard was Pirates and I knew I had to have this one. If you know me then you know a good high seas adventure with mermaids and pirates, that is the ONE for me. I haven’t had the best luck with new fantasy lately and I really was hoping this wouldn’t disappoint me and GUESS WHAT?
This is a fierce debut novel that follows Princess Amora, Heir to the Visidia Throne. All her life, she has been preparing to be High Animancer, The Master of Souls. When her demonstration of magic goes wrong in front of the whole kingdom, Amora flees and makes a deal with Bastian, a pirate with a past that haunts him. Together they plan to save their kingdom, a kingdom that needs their help more than ever. This high seas adventure is enthralling and suspenseful. It was full of action and magic, the kind that makes you glued to your seat until 1am reading.
There was an intense magic system, every island had their own magic and it was all so intriguing especially soul magic and the way it has to be controlled. I love the way we saw everything through Amora, and her emotions and awe as she finally has a glimpse of the outside world. I absolutely loved the dynamic characters, the Keel Haul crew! I loved how they were all different but how they formed a beautiful bond. I loved our fierce protagonist Amora, who tries to overcome her self doubt and her character development was excellent. I loved Bastian, he made me swoon and laugh. I also fell in love with Vataea and I need more of her!
The writing and world building was really amazing. ATSAT was full of action. This book was bloody, dark and vicious. There was also romance (I do love a bit of romance in a high seas adventure), it was a slow burn, with plenty of pining and teasing innuendos. I absolutely loved this charming and fun read. It was suspenseful and despite the little hints dropped by the author, I was still surprised by the twists and reveals. I can’t wait for the next book! If you enjoy books with magic, monsters, curses, mermaids, romance AND of course a kick ass crew. This book is for you!
The only thing that I had a problem is with some characters like our Villain, Kaven who I felt like we didn’t have a full insight of and the ending well felt too rushed.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.