Review: The Sea King by C.L. Wilson

Posted December 14, 2017 by Mallory in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review:  The Sea King by C.L. WilsonThe Sea King (Weathermages of Mystral, #2) by C.L. Wilson
Series: Weathermages of Mystral #2
Published by Avon on October 31st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Romantic Fantasy
Pages: 608
Format: E-Book
Source: Personal Copy

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Winter King comes a breathtaking new tale of love and adventure set in the mystical land of Mystral...

He wasn't supposed to choose her...

Seafaring prince Dilys Merimydion has been invited to court the three magical princesses of Summerlea. To eradicate the pirates threatening Calberna and to secure the power of the Sea Throne, Dilys vows to return home with a fierce warrior-queen as his bride. But politics has nothing to do with unexpected temptation.

She didn't dare wed him...

A weathermage like her sisters, Gabriella Coruscate's gentleness exemplifies the qualities of her season name, Summer. Yet her quiet poise conceals dangerous powers she cannot begin to wield. Better to live without excitement, she reasons, than risk her heart and lose control— until an irresistible Sealord jolts her awake with a thunderclap of raw desire.

Until evil threatens everything they hold dear...

When pirates kidnap Summer and her sisters, Dilys is in a desperate quest to save the woman he loves. Only by combining his command of the seas with the unleashed fury of Summer's formidable gifts can they defeat their brutal enemies and claim the most priceless victory of all: true love.

Also in this series: The Winter King (Weathermages of Mystral, #1)
Also by this author: The Winter King (Weathermages of Mystral, #1)

I don’t even know where to start with C.L. Wilson’s The Sea King!  Similar to the first book in the Weathermages of Mystral series, The Sea King had a ton of different fantasy elements that you can’t help but love – sirens, krakens, and a warrior clan with somewhat mermaid-like abilities. In all honesty, The Sea King is probably going to be one of my top books of the year; however, there were a few distracting aspects to the romance that drove me a little batty (more on that later)  

Gabriella is the middle sister of the Seasons – three princesses of Summerlea known for their weathermage abilities. Gabriella represents summer and is known for her passive and pleasing disposition.  However, she’s actually hiding the power of persuasion – an extremely deadly power that threatens to harm everyone she loves.  Dilys Merimydion is the Sealord prince of Calberna and has been given permission to court the Seasons.  He falls deeply and intensely for Summer; however, she fights attraction out of fear of accidentally harming him with her power.  During their reluctant courtship, the three princesses – including Summer- are kidnapped by pirates that have been plaguing Dilys’ kingdom, forcing Summer to come to terms with her powers to defeat the evil pirates.  (The plots for these novels always sound so cheesy – but I promise they’re AMAZING!)

Here’s what I loved…

  • The Calbernans:  The Calbernans are human, but really.  They have gills for underwater breathing, webbed feet for swimming, and fierce battle talons.  Calbernans also come from a Matriarchal society – very different from anything I’ve ever read in the past!
  • Dilys Merimydion’s courtship of Summer: Dilys was so over the top charming and confident, although I have a feeling he’d annoy the heck out of me in real life.
  • The Three Seasons:  The remaining sisters, Spring and Autumn, have me excited to read their next books.  Autumn is the fairest and most adventurous of the sisters, while Spring is the oldest and most studious.

Here’s where I struggled…

  • Gabriella’s Indecisiveness:  Gabriella got a little wishy-washy when it came to admitting her feelings on Dilys, making the scenes feel repetitive.  Dilys makes a move, Gabriella rejects, and Dilys retreats (then repeat!) I just wanted it to get on already!
  • Disjointed Tone: In hindsight, I feel like I read three books: The Courtship, The Kidnapping, and then everything that happened after the Kidnapping.  What started out as a light read in The Courtship turned dark and unexpectedly disturbing during The Kidnapping – it was almost unnerving and I wished there would have been a somewhat more cohesive feel throughout the book.
I loved “the sea king’s” aquatic-fantasy vibe. Any similar books you’d recommend?  let me know – I’d love to check them out!

4 responses to “Review: The Sea King by C.L. Wilson

  1. I’ve been curious about this author and this series. Yay, glad that you enjoyed it despite your issues. I haven’t read any book similar to this one but i’m planning to read this. Awesome review, my friend. ❤️😁👍🏻

    • Mallory

      Thanks, Geybie! <3 I held off on reading C.L. Wilson for a while because I only thought she had big series like Tarien Soul. You might like this one if you're in the mood for something with more of a traditional fantasy feel :) <3

  2. This was such a great book and one of my best reads for 2018 for sure!!! I really loved Dilys as a hero and I just love the culture he grew up in, so interesting. If you are looking for books kinda similar I would say check out Nymph King by Gena Showalter, Dawn of the Flame sea by Jean Johnson, The Last Mermaid by Shana Abe, Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast, The Mermaid of Penparro by Lisa Cache and the Atlantis series by Alyssa Day are FANTASTIC!!! Just to name a few.

    I am really glad you enjoyed this one, such a fabulous book.
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    • Mallory

      Thanks, Renee… you just destroyed my TBR 🙂 (Just kidding -that thing is never going to be under control) I just grabbed the Nymph King and Goddess of the Sea from the Library and treated myself to the first book in the Atlantis series from Amazon. You’ve got great taste in books 🙂 Guess I know what I’ll be diving into this weekend! (After that last Meghan March book comes out next week – can’t wait to see how that one ends!)

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