The Dark Tide (The Dark Tide #1) by Alicia Jasinska Review
- Overall rating : ***
- Reading rate: ****
- Romance: **** Lots of love, but nothing steamy
- Pages: 336
- Release date: June 2, 2020
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
- Recommended if you liked: The Wicked Deep
- Purchase on Amazon here
As soon as I saw this cover I knew I had to request! Gorgeous right!!! Between that and the description I could not wait to get my hands on this book.
What I liked:
- This was a fast-paced dark fantasy read with Beauty and the Beast vibes…. well, with a gorgeous Witch Queen as the “beast”.
- The story dives right into the action and does not let up until the very end.
- I enjoyed the concept of the world Jasinska set up, the way magic works and the idea of the island being a sanctuary where witches and humans escaped persecution from the mainlanders.
What I struggled with:
- The book fell a little short for me due the lack of broader world building and predictability. I felt like I came into an already rolling story line and while some background was filled in as we went, I was still left with a lot of questions.
- The way the story was set up also allowed you to predict characters actions and the overall outcome of the story but was still overall a good read.
The book is listed as being a series but I felt it worked well as a standalone and was not set up to have an immediate next issue to resolve.
Every year on St. Walpurga’s Eve, Caldella’s Witch Queen lures a boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking.
Lina Kirk is convinced her brother is going to be taken this year. To save him, she enlists the help of Thomas Lin, the boy she secretly loves, and the only person to ever escape from the palace. But they draw the queen’s attention, and Thomas is chosen as the sacrifice.
Queen Eva watched her sister die to save the boy she loved. Now as queen, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s willing to sacrifice anyone if it means saving herself and her city.
When Lina offers herself to the queen in exchange for Thomas’s freedom, the two girls await the full moon together. But Lina is not at all what Eva expected, and the queen is nothing like Lina envisioned. Against their will, they find themselves falling for each other. As water floods Caldella’s streets and the dark tide demands its sacrifice, they must choose who to save: themselves, each other, or the island city relying on them both.
Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for a copy of The Dark Tide in exchange for honest opinion.