Title: This Savage Sea
Author: A.P. Walston
Series: Tides of Fate #1
Audience: New Adult
Length: 374 pages
Release Date: January 1, 2022
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Recommended for fans of: The Mummy, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean
An archaeologist with a secret.
Three years have trickled by since Anna accomplished the impossible. Three years of avoiding Briland high society, toiling away in ancient ruins. But when her brother is detained by marshals, Anna jumps at the chance for another fast-paced adventure.
A pirate longing for home.
Trevor has tasted nothing but frustration and disappointment in his search for a stolen map and the lass who took it. Unable to return without it, an opportunity finally presents itself in the form of a naval captain’s arrest.
A captain caught in the middle.
If Markus had known possession of the Pirate King’s map would be this much trouble, he would have told Anna to burn the thing all those years ago. Despite being the key to clearing his name, he considers the map the least of his concerns. Not with Anna and her mysterious companion dancing around their mutual attraction.
With their rescue attempt behind them, Anna learns the only way to truly save Markus involves the map she stole from the Pirate King. Forging their way through the desert and straight to the Briland capital, Anna finds herself fighting more than feelings of distrust for their new companion. Success hinges on their ability to work together, and with Markus’s life hanging in the balance, failure isn’t an option.
I probably wouldn’t have discovered this book if my book club hadn’t decided to choose an independently published book one month. This is a fun fantasy book filled with pirates, archaeology, action, and adventure, perfect for fans of movies like The Mummy, Indiana Jones, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
I really liked the characters, especially the romantic tension between Anna and Trevor. However, I think the world building could’ve been a bit more fleshed out, and I noticed quite a few plot holes. I was also very annoyed with a lot of the reveals! There were a many secrets that were revealed to the reader that I thought characters had figured out…only to realize they hadn’t. Again and again. It was frustrating and confusing as a reader, and Anna was too smart to never figure it out!
The story is a quick read, if a little choppy, setting up nicely for a sequel. I have a lot of predictions based on seemingly dropped plot points that I think will come back into play.