After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.
Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother's prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.
What drew me to this book in the beginning was the fact that it had a cool looking cover, an interesting synopsis, and it was fantasy. I thought it would was a recipe for a great book and it turns out I was right. And I was actually surprised at just how amazing it was. This book masterfully overcomes the first book, which was an equally wonderful book, and spins a dizzying tale of adventure and magic.
The plot. The plot is what I can't get over. It left me baffled at so many turns and I didn't guess any part of the ending. The way the book opens is brilliant and extremely interesting. Without giving too much away, half of the book is a sort of flashback and then reverts to the present in the next chapter and so on throughout the book. I never got bored when on one side of the adventure as you sometimes do with this kind of writing. And each chapter seemed to end with a cliffhanger. It was brilliant. The entire plot was woven incredibly well and at the end I just sat there and said a well deserved "wow". Everything tied together so well.
The characters add a magic to the story and I felt like I could easily see and imagine them. The atmosphere at Eton College is cozy and in the Domain it is wonderfully magical and dangerous. While it might have been confusing with exactly what the Domain was and how it worked with the "nonmage world" (that would be our world in the late 1800s) present and visitable in the first book, both worlds made sense now (or more sense at least as I'm not sure where the Domain actually is). So I would say that the world-building is quite on point as well.
But back to the characters, I love Titus and Iola's banter throughout the book. They're both lovely characters as well as a few of the secondary ones. There is some relationship drama between them and although I thought it wasn't really bothersome I can imagine some people might.
Overall, I enjoyed this book very much and read it in the space of several hours. The main characters are delightful and the plot was mind-blowing. There was always something new popping up although unfortunately most times it was something dangerous. Amongst the cool spells and magical powers there is a chilling villain that poses a very real danger. The last 50 pages or so I absolutely flew through due to his appearance near the heroes. All in all, I'm very excited for the release of the third book and would strongly recommend it to someone looking for a new fantasy series that will have just about all that you would want in a fantasy book. I am giving The Perilous Sea 5 out of 5 flowers.
Sara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way. A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.