ARC Book Review: Beyond the Shadowed Earth

Beyond the Shadowed Earth by Joanna Ruth Meyer
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



To become Empress Eda makes a bargain with the gods.  A bargain that means giving away the soul of her best friend. 
Now with her empire in crumbles and best friend dead Eda sets out to confront the god who granted her the kingdom. 

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Thank you to Page Street Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 


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.

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