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A Cure to End a Curse It’s been two months since Captain Keira Mathonwy learned the god of death’s price the hard way. Two months since she saved her husband Ronan from a horrific death, only to ensure her own slow demise. Abandoned by the sea, banished from the only home she’s ever known, and marked by the Dark God, Keira is desperate for a cure. To make matters worse, sto A Cure to End a Curse It’s been two months since Captain Keira Mathonwy learned the god of death’s price the hard way. Two months since she saved her husband Ronan from a horrific death, only to ensure her own slow demise. Abandoned by the sea, banished from the only home she’s ever known, and marked by the Dark God, Keira is desperate for a cure. To make matters worse, storms are brewing across the Deyrnas. Famine, plague, and whispers of war spread like wildfire, the growing unrest visible everywhere. Her Captain’s coat weighing heavy on her shoulders, Keira must swim against the current to keep her crew afloat. Yet not all is lost. Even amidst the darkest night, there are stars on the horizon. A slave that whispers to the wind. A forgotten sisterhood forged from salt and steel. An unlikely ally hidden in fox fur. To save their world—and themselves—the crew must journey to the ends of the earth for answers, and dive deep within their hearts for the courage to do what is right. No matter what it costs. Not even fate can outrun death.


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A Cure to End a Curse It’s been two months since Captain Keira Mathonwy learned the god of death’s price the hard way. Two months since she saved her husband Ronan from a horrific death, only to ensure her own slow demise. Abandoned by the sea, banished from the only home she’s ever known, and marked by the Dark God, Keira is desperate for a cure. To make matters worse, sto A Cure to End a Curse It’s been two months since Captain Keira Mathonwy learned the god of death’s price the hard way. Two months since she saved her husband Ronan from a horrific death, only to ensure her own slow demise. Abandoned by the sea, banished from the only home she’s ever known, and marked by the Dark God, Keira is desperate for a cure. To make matters worse, storms are brewing across the Deyrnas. Famine, plague, and whispers of war spread like wildfire, the growing unrest visible everywhere. Her Captain’s coat weighing heavy on her shoulders, Keira must swim against the current to keep her crew afloat. Yet not all is lost. Even amidst the darkest night, there are stars on the horizon. A slave that whispers to the wind. A forgotten sisterhood forged from salt and steel. An unlikely ally hidden in fox fur. To save their world—and themselves—the crew must journey to the ends of the earth for answers, and dive deep within their hearts for the courage to do what is right. No matter what it costs. Not even fate can outrun death.

30 review for Sister of the Stars

  1. 5 out of 5

    Renee Dugan

    If the call of man is to do and dare greatly, SISTER OF THE STARS has most men beat. This book is everything a sequel should be - an homage to its predecessor's strengths, but also an expansion of lore and cast, a deeper dive into themes and conflicts often darker, grittier, and even more compelling and human than the first. No fear of the dreaded middle book syndrome here; SOTS joins the sparing ranks of trilogy second-installment greats that somehow manage to surpass their predecessors without If the call of man is to do and dare greatly, SISTER OF THE STARS has most men beat. This book is everything a sequel should be - an homage to its predecessor's strengths, but also an expansion of lore and cast, a deeper dive into themes and conflicts often darker, grittier, and even more compelling and human than the first. No fear of the dreaded middle book syndrome here; SOTS joins the sparing ranks of trilogy second-installment greats that somehow manage to surpass their predecessors without diminishing them in any way. It explores the trauma and repercussions of DAUGHTER OF THE DEEP'S twisty hunt and revenge plot without riding heavy on its coattails; references to the first book are visited in a way that honors without belaboring. Throughout, the lyrical prose and keen dialogue keeps things well paced and engaging, delivering powerhouse lines and lessons without feeling boring or heavy handed in any way. All told, SOTS was everything I hoped for: introspective, action packed, romantic, reflective, dark, lovely, thrilling, riveting, heart pounding and soul stirring. It was respectful of its heavy tone and darker themes without shying away from them. Nothing felt gratuitous, even when at its most sobering and sad. This book was a wild voyage, beginning to end, and I can't wait for Book 3!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cass Maren

    Version: E-ARC Rating: 5 Stars An Adventure Continues...and it's everything I hoped for and more. Daughter of the Deep (the first in the Children of Lyr series) pulled me out of a long reader's slump and dropped me into a world of adventure and action that I simply couldn't put down. I was honored enough to get an Advanced Reader Copy of Sister of the Stars and I devoured it from start to finish. As a sequel, SotS is everything I hope for as a reader. Many middle books in a trilogy can get bogged Version: E-ARC Rating: 5 Stars An Adventure Continues...and it's everything I hoped for and more. Daughter of the Deep (the first in the Children of Lyr series) pulled me out of a long reader's slump and dropped me into a world of adventure and action that I simply couldn't put down. I was honored enough to get an Advanced Reader Copy of Sister of the Stars and I devoured it from start to finish. As a sequel, SotS is everything I hope for as a reader. Many middle books in a trilogy can get bogged down and feel superfluous, but rest assured, Sister of the Stars is not one of those sequels. Right away, we're dropped back into this voyage with our favorite crew members and I felt the immediate rush of being reunited with old friends. New characters, locations, and conflicts were seamlessly woven in with the familiarity of DotD without feeling too heavy-handed. The story evolves in such a natural and beautiful way. Don't get me wrong, SotS is darker and more emotional than book one, but in a way that had me completely invested in these characters and their journeys. Our MC Keira lives and breathes throughout this second installment in a way many authors don't allow for in their female characters. Strong female characters are allowed to be flawed in this book and I admire Lina's ability to show every side to femininity in a very true-to-life way. This story has a plethora of engaging male characters but this book is titled Sister of the Stars for a reason. It is filled to the brim with women from all walks of life and I think many will find one or more versions of themselves amongst these pages. Lina's prose is effortless and it shows how much of her heart and soul bleeds out onto the page. SotS is an adventure that hit all the right spots for me. It was exciting, an excellent balance between emotion and humor, warm and soft, whilst also being dark and inviting. There is so much to love about this book and I highly recommend grabbing a copy for your collection. Looking forward to book 3!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Oh Keira Girl, you’ve got yourself into a fine mess this time haven’t you... I thought the book started with Keira, her husband and her crew in dire straits, but Lyr’s beard do things get even worse! Her small triumphs and acts of kindness are turned on their head. However, I secretly loved how things got properly jumbled because I couldn’t see how this would unfold and could not predict the twists and turns. “Maybe we all deserved the Dark God’s wrath for all that we’d done, or worse, the things Oh Keira Girl, you’ve got yourself into a fine mess this time haven’t you... I thought the book started with Keira, her husband and her crew in dire straits, but Lyr’s beard do things get even worse! Her small triumphs and acts of kindness are turned on their head. However, I secretly loved how things got properly jumbled because I couldn’t see how this would unfold and could not predict the twists and turns. “Maybe we all deserved the Dark God’s wrath for all that we’d done, or worse, the things we hadn’t. But maybe there was hope, too. Maybe, if we all held onto each other a little tighter, the special magic that wove my crew together would be enough to stitch the frayed pieces of the rest of our family back together.” One of my favorite things: the crew and their beautiful family bond. I basked in the warmth of their camaraderie. It was cleverly used to reel me in and then dash me on the rocks. I won’t say too much more but Keira’s family and chosen family are highlights for me but are also wielded sharply throughout. “Aye, we know that.” Saeth caught on first, her voice low and dangerous, like the way the tide pulled back from the shore before a tidal wave. In the lanternlight, the sharp lines of her face seemed even more severe. “But he doesn’t...” Also the new characters that were introduced are exciting and add a certain vigor to the tale. However, this story does go to deeper depths and darker places than before. Be prepared for more grit, more guts and even higher stakes. Many questions are answered but many remain. Sorry to be so vague but I do not want to remotely spoil anything! Part of the thrill is uncovering the tale for yourself and trust me: you will not be disappointed. “...this was what war really looked like: tired faces, ink scratched against parchment, two friends bickering as the morning light blinded them. Councilmembers bartering lives in exchange for coin. People bartering loyalty for scraps of bread. Sailors bartering sleep for precious time.” This sequel flew by so quickly and it was quite the romp of a ride. I enjoyed the journey and I became even more invested in the characters. There were innumerable suspenseful moments and heart clenching scenarios. Exciting developments in Keira’s power and wonderful world building. I enjoyed seeing more of the Deyrnas and more magic! Also to see Ronan’s perspective was a compelling lens to gaze through and added more depth to the story. “A weapon made woman. A goddess made flesh. It was a cruel, wicked trick.” Overall another rollicking adventure that grew my heart and broke it in equal measures. I cannot wait for the third installment: to do it all over again. *I was given this e-arc by the author AND I had the distinct pleasure of being a beta reader prior to this e-arc. I was not officially asked to give a review but it is my pleasure to do so!*

  4. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I was so excited when I got sent a copy of Sister of the Stars, after finishing book one I needed the second book immediately. Thank you, Lina, for sending it to me! Sister of Stars was a wild ride from the beginning and I did know what to expect. It was quite darker from the first book, with the Kiera’s curse hanging over them and the threat of Conner but there was still so much sea adventure, drama and thankfully steamy scenes! It had all the magic and mythical things you could ask from a pirat I was so excited when I got sent a copy of Sister of the Stars, after finishing book one I needed the second book immediately. Thank you, Lina, for sending it to me! Sister of Stars was a wild ride from the beginning and I did know what to expect. It was quite darker from the first book, with the Kiera’s curse hanging over them and the threat of Conner but there was still so much sea adventure, drama and thankfully steamy scenes! It had all the magic and mythical things you could ask from a pirate book. I loved the world building, you got to see new amazing places you wish were real but also destinations where you got a deeper view into them. I felt the writing and pacing were similar with book one, the descriptions were amazing, and we got to meet some new faces. This book was defiantly more gruesome than the last and had some disturbing scenes I weren’t expecting, but they fuelled the story and I can expect will make a big impact on the third book and it will probably be even darker. In this book Keira was not the same badass she was in the first book, she defiantly seemed more matured. Probably to do with being married and taking the responsibly of Captain, but she lost her spark a bit. It seemed to mostly be because of her curse, but I did miss the badass she was. Although she did make up for it at the end. Ronan’s character didn’t change much, he was still the hard-headed pirate he was. He defiantly went through a lot this book and his ‘change’ at the end of the book was defiantly surprising. A big thing I loved about the book was the side characters, you got to see more of the people they were, and it made the book funnier. There was lots of plot twists and revelations that left me shocked in the book. I didn’t see a lot of it coming. The ending is what shocked me the most! Now I cannot wait for book 3, I’m looking forward to the next chapter of this series so much! This book was a crazy voyage, beginning to end, and it left me with s many questions. If you are a pirate adventure lover those series is for you!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hazel (Nami)

    I was lucky to have received an e-ARC for this 2nd book of The Children of Lyr series. Thank you Lina for your trust and for this incredible work! Unlike Daughter of the Deep, SotS is a bit more darker, has so much sea adventure, drama, action, romance, steamy scenes (which I actually wished to have more in DotD😅) and mythical vibes you could ever want from a pirate book. World building, new character introductions, revelations and plot twists were perfectly put into considerations making you cr I was lucky to have received an e-ARC for this 2nd book of The Children of Lyr series. Thank you Lina for your trust and for this incredible work! Unlike Daughter of the Deep, SotS is a bit more darker, has so much sea adventure, drama, action, romance, steamy scenes (which I actually wished to have more in DotD😅) and mythical vibes you could ever want from a pirate book. World building, new character introductions, revelations and plot twists were perfectly put into considerations making you crave for more pages to read! It certainly was a page-turner. Although, Keira was not as “bad-ass” as she was in the first book, (might be because of the curse and her responsibilities as the captain she’s carrying at the same time on her shoulders not to mention Ronan’s pitying situation 😢) i liked her better here in SotS. I see her as “more human” than ever. But then I was deniably mistaken! That revelation at the end, as her being that certain “high entity” was a total shock! 😱 I mean, can it get even better?? To Lina, I am so looking forward for that more darker 3rd book. Yes, i know! It would only get even more darker than this! Tell me if am wrong otherwise! Hehe 🙈 I find this book enjoyable and entertaining! I hope other readers would feel the same way too.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jodie

    By far my favorite fantasy read of 2022. I can't wait to know how it all ends. ❤️ By far my favorite fantasy read of 2022. I can't wait to know how it all ends. ❤️

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kat - magically_bookish

    It felt good to be back in the world of the Deyrnas and sailing the seas again with the crew. Amarego writes in such a way that makes you really fall for the characters and the crew dynamic. Their banter with one another is priceless and it really couldn’t feel more like a true family. The world building was probably one of my favorite aspects of the book and it was done so well. There were a lot of new areas to explore, as well as new characters to learn about. I thought the plot was good but n It felt good to be back in the world of the Deyrnas and sailing the seas again with the crew. Amarego writes in such a way that makes you really fall for the characters and the crew dynamic. Their banter with one another is priceless and it really couldn’t feel more like a true family. The world building was probably one of my favorite aspects of the book and it was done so well. There were a lot of new areas to explore, as well as new characters to learn about. I thought the plot was good but not at all what I expected. I really enjoyed majority of the book, but the ending was a bit out there for me. I’m all for plot twists and cliffhangers, but the intensity of the ending was a lot. The chapters leading up to the ending were VERY heavy and a little too dramatic for my liking. I get what the author was trying to do with the buildup, but it didn’t leave me as excited for the next book as I thought I’d be. I still want to know what happens next, but I’m not on the edge of my seat as I was with Daughter of the Deep. This was still a great continuation of the story and I would recommend to anyone that loves a good seafaring adventure!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maddie Jensen

    Another stellar novel by Lina! Sister of the Stars feels like such a natural continuation of its predecessor, and all the characters feel as though they've grown and changed, but also remained true to who they are. There are definitely some standout characters for me here (such as Finna), but let's talk about Keira and Ronan. I love how their relationship has evolved, and how it continues to develop throughout this book. Their individual storylines are also incredibly compelling. Keira learns mor Another stellar novel by Lina! Sister of the Stars feels like such a natural continuation of its predecessor, and all the characters feel as though they've grown and changed, but also remained true to who they are. There are definitely some standout characters for me here (such as Finna), but let's talk about Keira and Ronan. I love how their relationship has evolved, and how it continues to develop throughout this book. Their individual storylines are also incredibly compelling. Keira learns more about her history and her heritage, Ronan also has his own path to follow, and they're just as strong apart as they are together (but of course I, selfishly, prefer them together). Lina also adds just the right amount of menace and foreboding that lends to the often secretive magic of her world, and there's no denying that this story has a bit of a darker feel than the one before. Nonetheless, this was a wonderful read, and I'm truly looking forward to more!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Luca

    So im confused. There were parts i reeeeeally loved. The Crew is priceless and it's growing. There r Bi and Queer characters left and right. The world is interesting, Pirates, actual sailing, MerMAN!/siren, sea-Dragon, wind-whisperer, ghost-sea-horse, Sisterhood, Gods! But then the story is like a straight line. The beginning was kinda sorta dumb. Aand there is the Martyr factor of certain characters that made me roll my eyes out of my head. And i HATE it when the sole Crusty old Man is always o So im confused. There were parts i reeeeeally loved. The Crew is priceless and it's growing. There r Bi and Queer characters left and right. The world is interesting, Pirates, actual sailing, MerMAN!/siren, sea-Dragon, wind-whisperer, ghost-sea-horse, Sisterhood, Gods! But then the story is like a straight line. The beginning was kinda sorta dumb. Aand there is the Martyr factor of certain characters that made me roll my eyes out of my head. And i HATE it when the sole Crusty old Man is always outsmarts everyone and why is he STILL alive again?? But it's still good! Aaand then the annoying no good for anything mean character stabbing herself and her unborn child in the stomach.. And they still don't kill without question the annoying crusty old man. But then it's good and im kinda crying because Keira.. And sexy Ronan deserves everything. And again the potential for the next book. And damn where IS the next book?? Sooo how one rates This Mess?¡¿?! 3.5⭐? 3.8⭐? A solid 4⭐? If it makes sense im Not sure.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Read an Early Copy, but since I know changes have been made, I'll write an official review when I've read the final version. Read an Early Copy, but since I know changes have been made, I'll write an official review when I've read the final version.

  11. 4 out of 5

    A.J. Lexa

    After the ominous ending of this novel's predecessor, Daughter of The Deep, I was exited to dive back into Keira's next chapter. I REALLY enjoyed the first part of Sister of the Stars. In the midst of Keira's banishment, we got to experience much more of the world, while still feeling the tension and ripple effect of what was transpiring in Porthladd. The political and economic happenings paired with Keira's ticking time bomb on her shoulder, made for a great high stakes ride. I wasn't sure whic After the ominous ending of this novel's predecessor, Daughter of The Deep, I was exited to dive back into Keira's next chapter. I REALLY enjoyed the first part of Sister of the Stars. In the midst of Keira's banishment, we got to experience much more of the world, while still feeling the tension and ripple effect of what was transpiring in Porthladd. The political and economic happenings paired with Keira's ticking time bomb on her shoulder, made for a great high stakes ride. I wasn't sure which was going to be conquered first and thought the author did a great job weaving the two obstacles together. The story slowed for me during the middle because I didn't care for the siren aspects as much. The author introduced such a massive cast in the first installment, that I would've liked to got to know those characters on a deeper level instead of meeting a new community of people. For me, the island felt more like a detour from the story I thought I'd be reading. On the flip side, I absolutely LOVED seeing the crew's growing pains without their captain. And Ronan. Yes, we need to talk about Ronan. I liked him fine in the first, but he really came alive for me in SotS. I loved reading his POV and watching him take a more active role. I connected with him easily and thought his perspectives brought even more interest/value to Keira's story. The ending did feel a bit too abrupt. HOWEVER, predicting where we're going and who we get to meet in the next book, cliffhanger or not, I'm ready! 😂

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jade

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2,5 Stars. This was better than the first and I only read it because I purchased both books together. The writing was a lot better than in the first book (still not a pirate book) but there were so many issues. Firstly, the characters were not well developed and just went to whatever trait suited them at the moment. Like, Kiera was brave and strong but then she abandoned her family/crew? Doesn't really fit her IMO. Then, where did Ronan get the Serpent Prince nickname? Wasn't explained, didn't m 2,5 Stars. This was better than the first and I only read it because I purchased both books together. The writing was a lot better than in the first book (still not a pirate book) but there were so many issues. Firstly, the characters were not well developed and just went to whatever trait suited them at the moment. Like, Kiera was brave and strong but then she abandoned her family/crew? Doesn't really fit her IMO. Then, where did Ronan get the Serpent Prince nickname? Wasn't explained, didn't make sense, just sounded cool and made him more equal to the disaster of NightMare Keira. Then Keira is like three days on Hiareth and wham, the Sirens are her new family? She just about liked like three of them when she left. Her mother being who she was was obvious (and where she was from was even clear in the first book). That whole bunch of deaths at the end hopefully won't be cast aside in the next book because some of it felt unnecessary and I really hope the author will do something with that. Also what the hell is wrong with all of the Branwen brothers that they always have to be traitors? At this point I am waiting for Cedric to come out of his grave so he can join his brothers and they can be the legendary Branwen traitor brothers or smth. Also Kiera being pregnant at the end is just too much of a cliche.. I was really disappointed when I realized this was not a duology and that there will be a third book. I don't know yet if I'll read that

  13. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    The beginning wasn’t as good but the more I read it the better it got. By the end I was on the edge of my seat.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alex Petsche

    Lina has done it again and captivated me from the first page. The story continues with our favorite crew and we are introduced to new favorites as well. There is more magic this time around, along with more secrets and more danger. The ONLY reason I am not super angry about this cliffhanger is that I know there is a third book coming. Here's hoping the pieces of the puzzle fall into place. Lina has done it again and captivated me from the first page. The story continues with our favorite crew and we are introduced to new favorites as well. There is more magic this time around, along with more secrets and more danger. The ONLY reason I am not super angry about this cliffhanger is that I know there is a third book coming. Here's hoping the pieces of the puzzle fall into place.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Derochemont

    I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. This is the second book in the Children of Lyr series. The first book is Daughter of the Deep and I fell in love with the story and characters pretty quickly. This book broke my heart, but it was also very exciting and I felt like a lot of my questions from the first book were answered, but now I have a new set of questions and cannot wait for the third book to come out. Sister of the Stars is mainly told from Keira's perspective, but we I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. This is the second book in the Children of Lyr series. The first book is Daughter of the Deep and I fell in love with the story and characters pretty quickly. This book broke my heart, but it was also very exciting and I felt like a lot of my questions from the first book were answered, but now I have a new set of questions and cannot wait for the third book to come out. Sister of the Stars is mainly told from Keira's perspective, but we also see Ronan's POV as well which I really enjoyed. Ronan is one of many book crushes. As far as the plot goes I thought it moved along pretty well. I didn't find myself bored during any parts. There were a few things that were predictable, but it didn't ruin the story for me. I really felt like Keira and Ronan grew in this book. Even though they are faced with many obstacles their love and respect for one another is unyielding. Writing one book is hard enough, but writing a sequel for it is even harder. I am pleased that Lina did not fall into the sophomore slump. I could tell she worked hard not his book and I am glad that I stuck around to see the journey continue. I am curious to see how it all plays out in the end. I also look forward to her future works.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review* This book blew me away! It was darker and more mature than Daughter of the Deep, but in a good way! I didn't expect the story to take the direction that it did, but I absolutely loved it! The character development of the old characters was amazing, and I loved all of the new characters, especially some of the ones that were hinted at in Daughter of the Deep but that didn't have any page time until this book! I also really enjoyed getting to see *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review* This book blew me away! It was darker and more mature than Daughter of the Deep, but in a good way! I didn't expect the story to take the direction that it did, but I absolutely loved it! The character development of the old characters was amazing, and I loved all of the new characters, especially some of the ones that were hinted at in Daughter of the Deep but that didn't have any page time until this book! I also really enjoyed getting to see more of the Deyrnas, and loved all of the worldbuilding in terms of the setting and the mythology, which was super cool! And the ending. The ending made me cry harder than I have over a book in a very long time, but it was still so, so good! The plot twists made me keep turning the pages, needing to know what happened next, and I can't wait for Mother of the Moon now that I've finished Sister of the Stars! So overall, Sister of the Stars was even better than Daughter of the Deep (which was already an absolutely amazing book) and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy, especially pirate-themed fantasy, but be prepared to cry!

  17. 4 out of 5

    AshleyKWbooks

    This stunning sequel to Lina Amarego's Daughter of the Deep is everything a sequel should be. Darker and grittier than book one this book will take readers on a journey with many new places and characters. Keira finds herself in a whole new set of troubles. What I love most about Keira (really all of Lina's characters) is that she is flawed. She will not always make the right decision, she messes up, she strives to better. She feels so real to me. This story has many strong and flawed female cha This stunning sequel to Lina Amarego's Daughter of the Deep is everything a sequel should be. Darker and grittier than book one this book will take readers on a journey with many new places and characters. Keira finds herself in a whole new set of troubles. What I love most about Keira (really all of Lina's characters) is that she is flawed. She will not always make the right decision, she messes up, she strives to better. She feels so real to me. This story has many strong and flawed female characters who are all their own people. It is an amazing cast of characters. But don't worry all of those characters you loved from book one are here too. You will be laughing and crying and cheering them on through the whole novel. Lina writes in such a way that I am instantly transported into her worlds and not let go until long after I have set the book down. Most importantly though, Lina is not afraid to take her characters on journeys that are HARD! I truly fear for them and pray to Lyr that they will make it out okay. I don't know how I will survive until book three.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    **I received an ARC of this book for my honest review** Fans of Daughter of the Deep will be happy to know that Sister of the Stars doesn’t waste any time before jumping into the action. Amarego has written another brilliant page turner. I loved the additional POV. The voice was unique and I found myself wishing we’d had more of that in DotD. Especially as this particular character is one I have a hard time connecting with and maybe if this POV had been present in DotD I wouldn’t? One can only gue **I received an ARC of this book for my honest review** Fans of Daughter of the Deep will be happy to know that Sister of the Stars doesn’t waste any time before jumping into the action. Amarego has written another brilliant page turner. I loved the additional POV. The voice was unique and I found myself wishing we’d had more of that in DotD. Especially as this particular character is one I have a hard time connecting with and maybe if this POV had been present in DotD I wouldn’t? One can only guess. If you want spice this book has it. I personally don’t see the need to go into detail on such things, but if you want it, it’s there. I was most excited to see other islands, and have the world expanded on. I love good, rich worldbuilding and will never say ‘no’ when it comes to spending time with it on the page. Amarego does it in a way that doesn’t feel like an info dump. She does it very well in both books. In DotD there’s a necessary groundwork, and SotS starts to build on that foundation. This cliffhanger though...💀💀💀 Need me the next book. Like yesterday 😅

  19. 5 out of 5

    R. J. Vick

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I woke up at 6 am because I couldn’t stop thinking about where I left off in Sister of the Stars by Lina Amarego last night. Needless to say I finished it this morning. Book 2 of The Children of Lyr was incredible! I enjoyed book one, but book two was even better. The world building, the new insights to characters, the magic, seriously everything just blew me away. Things I loved about this book. I loved that there was a lot more chapters from Ronan’s perspective. It gave a lot more insight to hi I woke up at 6 am because I couldn’t stop thinking about where I left off in Sister of the Stars by Lina Amarego last night. Needless to say I finished it this morning. Book 2 of The Children of Lyr was incredible! I enjoyed book one, but book two was even better. The world building, the new insights to characters, the magic, seriously everything just blew me away. Things I loved about this book. I loved that there was a lot more chapters from Ronan’s perspective. It gave a lot more insight to his character and it was interesting to hear his inner monologue. Ellian! Okay, I love Ellian. He may just be my favorite character. In DotD I wanted him with Keira, but after reading SotS, I am glad that didn’t happen. Ronan and Keira are meant to be. But…can we talk about Ellian and Saeth. 💔 I need Ellian to find happiness please! The ending of this book was gut-wrenching and tragic and I can’t stop thinking about it. I need MotM like today! Sister of the Stars was fast paced, emotional, magical, dark, and left me wanting more.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Krystie (Starborn_Reader) (Starborn_Reader)

    I had the privilege of reviewing an ARC of Daughter of the Deep and was thrilled when Lina reached out asking if I wanted to review Book II of 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘓𝘺𝘳 𝘚𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘚𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘴. Amarego does it again! Sister of the Stars is just as captivating as Daughter of the Deep but darker, grittier, deeper, and with more spice 🔥. A voyage that will have you engaged the entire time, filled with action, adventure, romance, and personal growth. I really loved seeing the side of Keira we get in So I had the privilege of reviewing an ARC of Daughter of the Deep and was thrilled when Lina reached out asking if I wanted to review Book II of 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘓𝘺𝘳 𝘚𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘚𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘴. Amarego does it again! Sister of the Stars is just as captivating as Daughter of the Deep but darker, grittier, deeper, and with more spice 🔥. A voyage that will have you engaged the entire time, filled with action, adventure, romance, and personal growth. I really loved seeing the side of Keira we get in SotS. She is still fierce but in a different way than DotD. She is flawed and owns it. I also enjoyed how her relationship with Ronan evolves. There are some newbies that are perfectly woven into the story. Amarego does such an excellent job with world building, the new places we encounter makes you feel like you’re there. Overall this was wild ride start to finish. SotS is a great follow up to DotD, I can’t wait for Book III.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sania Jain

    It is everything a sequel should be. It connects to the first part so flawlessly and seamlessly all the while expanding on the amazing world and the myths and legends. It has stories inside stories. That's my favorite thing to read. So many stunning new characters step in the story with the sequel but also be ready for some painful heartbreaks. I love the way Ronan and Keira's relationship has matured and evolved. It was amazing to see some characters from first part with a stronger storyline of th It is everything a sequel should be. It connects to the first part so flawlessly and seamlessly all the while expanding on the amazing world and the myths and legends. It has stories inside stories. That's my favorite thing to read. So many stunning new characters step in the story with the sequel but also be ready for some painful heartbreaks. I love the way Ronan and Keira's relationship has matured and evolved. It was amazing to see some characters from first part with a stronger storyline of their own such as Finna's character. I love the way the story unfolds. Each chapters leaving me spellbound with the flow and beauty of perfectly chosen words. I can't say this enough- The author is an amazing word wizard. There are some amazing adventures throughout the book. So get onboard and be ready for the journey. It's something you will never forget. I am really looking forward to the third part of this adventure.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elsa Munoz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *The following review may have slight spoilers. All opinions are my own and I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review* True rating: 4.5 stars This sequel brings forth all the feels. Keira and Ronan both grow so much. There's a rawness that the author does not shy away from. There's love, guilt, strength and tough decisions aplenty. Characters we thought were frivolous flirts grow into characters of strength and courage. Characters who were always seem as the strongest see their moments *The following review may have slight spoilers. All opinions are my own and I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review* True rating: 4.5 stars This sequel brings forth all the feels. Keira and Ronan both grow so much. There's a rawness that the author does not shy away from. There's love, guilt, strength and tough decisions aplenty. Characters we thought were frivolous flirts grow into characters of strength and courage. Characters who were always seem as the strongest see their moments of weakness but don't allow that weakness to take them down. Don't wanna say more since it is release day but watch out for that killer cliffhanger 😉

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amber Kozawick

    Why aren’t we gushing about this series more?! Kiera, Ronan, & the crew are the best! An amazing study in character-driven writing. Every member of the fam is so unique and written so strong. Most pirate-type ensemble books tend to lose me after the original book, but Amarego has continued to introduce new characters and reveal new layers to existing characters in such a beautiful way. There were a few times where the dialogue felt a litte melodramatic, the plot definitely took some unexpected t Why aren’t we gushing about this series more?! Kiera, Ronan, & the crew are the best! An amazing study in character-driven writing. Every member of the fam is so unique and written so strong. Most pirate-type ensemble books tend to lose me after the original book, but Amarego has continued to introduce new characters and reveal new layers to existing characters in such a beautiful way. There were a few times where the dialogue felt a litte melodramatic, the plot definitely took some unexpected turns, and if someone tucked a strand of hair behind someone else’s ear ONE MORE TIME… 😅 but overall it was so beautifully done and I am so eager for book 3!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Amarego again managed to write everything I could ever want and more. The evolution of Keira and Ronan's marriage after going through so much trauma in book one felt genuine and real. It all seemed natural rather than the author forcing the characters into happiness or turmoil (even if that is what it really is lol). We got to spend time with and get to know their family members creating more characters to root for. Of course Amarego also introduced us to a whole new crew I have come to love whi Amarego again managed to write everything I could ever want and more. The evolution of Keira and Ronan's marriage after going through so much trauma in book one felt genuine and real. It all seemed natural rather than the author forcing the characters into happiness or turmoil (even if that is what it really is lol). We got to spend time with and get to know their family members creating more characters to root for. Of course Amarego also introduced us to a whole new crew I have come to love while expanding on the fantasy element of the series. The cliffhanger ending has me eagerly awaiting book three which I expect will be just as good as its predecessors!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jordyn

    My thoughts for this book were up and down. I liked it a lot, then I didn't want to finish it, then did it picked up again. I was almost not going to read the next book but the ending has me hoping it'll get better . I liked the concept . Just some things annoyed me and a lot of back and forth for a short time in places. I'm not sure how many books are in this series I thought it was a duology but seems it's more . My thoughts for this book were up and down. I liked it a lot, then I didn't want to finish it, then did it picked up again. I was almost not going to read the next book but the ending has me hoping it'll get better . I liked the concept . Just some things annoyed me and a lot of back and forth for a short time in places. I'm not sure how many books are in this series I thought it was a duology but seems it's more .

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Alasdair

    Full of sea snakes and shadowy foes! It took me a little while to get into this one, but I think that was because of my lack of reading motivation more than the book itself. Once I was in...I was IN! Things for Keira and the crew go from bad to worse and watching them try to dig themselves out had me on the edge of my seat. I also really liked getting Ronan's POV in this instalment; hopefully we get some more in book 3!! Full of sea snakes and shadowy foes! It took me a little while to get into this one, but I think that was because of my lack of reading motivation more than the book itself. Once I was in...I was IN! Things for Keira and the crew go from bad to worse and watching them try to dig themselves out had me on the edge of my seat. I also really liked getting Ronan's POV in this instalment; hopefully we get some more in book 3!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    I thought Lina did an amazing job writing Daughter of the Deep, but that book was only scratching the surface. The world she’s created become even more layered and chaotic in wonderful in book 2, woven through with plot twists and family and hardships. It’s a story for anyone who’s known pain, who’s gone through it and come out healed on the other side.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Fay

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While slow in the middle, this book REALLY picked up at the end. I’m excited for the Herculean/Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End vibes the 3rd book will no doubt curate — wonderful second installment.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Saradennis

    Amazing Story Read this amazing story. Excellent character development and exciting plot. I love the story of Kiera and Ronan. Kiera is a powerful character and Ronan is her equal.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I loved this book so much but it's so sad that it left off at a cliffhanger. I can't find info on the third book of the series anywhere I loved this book so much but it's so sad that it left off at a cliffhanger. I can't find info on the third book of the series anywhere

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