I know it's been a while since there has been any actual book reviewing going on here at le blog, so I'm here to finally put the book back in merbooks blog.
I just finished Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs. This is the sequel to Tempest Rising as you probably already know.
I wasn't the biggest fan of Rising, although I liked it pretty well. I thought it was too focused on romance and didn't spend enough time in the ocean to be considered urban fantasy.
Tempest Unleashed certainly surpasses it's prequel in terms of general awesome.
I really enjoyed the character development, and again, the best thing about these books is Tempest's surprising humanity. Usually when a character kills a something, be it bad or good, they don't think about it too much, which is illogical especially in teens. But Tempest's compassion for others and human vulnerabilities are amazing in such an un-human world. But here we see Tempest less selfish and bratty, and more willing to take on the roles required of her if she is to be queen. It's fantastic.
I also ended up liking Mark a lot more than I ever did in Tempest Rising. Again, Deeb's excellent character development kicks in and we finally understand any sort of initial fascination these two had for each other.
On the other hand, Kona is less of a favorite after this book. He becomes clingy and aggressive, not without ground to do so, but still, it's annoying.
The story is wonderful, exciting, and keeps moving after the slow start in Tempest. It's very fast and makes the four hundred ish pages go by really fast. The new characters introduced or further worked upon are interesting.
There's a very grand sweeping scale of an epic fantasy, and it's beautifully written. This is a story that I have loved getting lost in.