Beyond the Shadowed Earth by Joanna Ruth Meyer
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Book 2 in the Beneath the Haunting Sea Series
Other Books in the Series: Beneath the Haunting Sea
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This book is a slow read. I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way, just that it is by no means fast-paced. Eda grew on me as a character, but I never really liked her, which was probably my issue with the whole book. Honestly, I didn’t really care about any of the characters, which was kept me from really getting into the book. In general, this book lacked emotion.
I also think, and I don’t know that I have ever said this before, that this would have been better as two separate books. This book was long and there was a lot happening, and I think that perhaps too much was crammed into one book.
The world-building was great! I understood about the different gods, which was important given what a large part of the story they were. The government was fairly clear as was the actual layout of the world. While I admire all of this world-building I do think the book focused too much on it and not enough on the story.