The Wicked Deep meets A Curse So Dark and Lonely in this gripping, dark fairy-tale fantasy about two girls who must choose between saving themselves, each other, or their sinking island city.
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.
TITLE: The Dark Tide
AUTHOR: Alicia Jasinska
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
PUBLISH DATE: June 2020
The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska is a fantastical tale that turns the classics upside down in the most whimsical wonderful way possible. Lina is prepared to do anything to save the men she loves from joining the revel and being taken by Queen Eva as a sacrifice in order to save the sinking island of Caldella. When all she does fails, Lina offers herself up as sacrifice. And so begins the adventure into the magical world of Caldella where a yearly curse requires a sacrifice to keep the island from sinking into the depths of the sea.
The world building is spectacular in The Dark Tide, it is magical and beautiful with a cast of characters that are well developed and wonderfully flawed. Lina makes a wonderful heroine, brave when she needs to be and a bit cheeky. The Queen, Eva, carries much on her shoulders and she’s an fascinating character to follow, then there’s Thomas Lin … a play on Tam Lin perhaps? Interestingly, Tam is the name of Finley and Lina’s aunts’ dog! On to the storyline! It is unique and quickly paced, keeping my attention throughout. There is romance, action, and awesome sea beasties. What more can a girl ask for in a high fantasy! I hope I’m not wrong in hoping that a sequel is coming?
A big thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and Alicia Jasinska for gifting me a copy of The Dark Tide in exchange for my honest review.