Book Review: Tempest Cursed by K. C. Lannon (Fantasy)
Title: Tempest Cursed Author: K. C. Lannon Publisher: Self-Published Publication Date: 9 August 2020 Pages: 356 Format: eBook - EPUB Genre: Fantasy Source: ARC via NetGalley
On the island of Moon
Tithe, where sea gods called Deep Dwellers once ruled, there was a girl
who became a ghost story and a boy who became a monster.
lonely 10-year-old Pearl searches for Magic and answers after her
mother’s presumed drowning. When she presents an offering to the old
gods, expecting to meet the Deep Dwellers, she finds a strange boy named
Hake instead. Half-human, half-Deep Dweller, and raised cruelly by a
monster called the Old One, eleven-year-old Hake befriends Pearl and
they make a deal: he will show her Magic in exchange for a home. But
Hake knows nothing of Magic—only that Pearl’s romantic stories of the
Deep Dwellers are a lie.
As Hake and Pearl grow into young adults
together, both the mysteries they seek to unravel and their romantic
feelings for each other become hopelessly entangled. However, Pearl’s
father threatens to separate them if they dig too deeply into Tempest’s
secrets—a hidden passage, a Deep Dweller cult, and rumors of human
sacrifices. But when the wealthy and kind Lotham family arrives on Moon
Tithe, offering Pearl an escape from the secrets that haunt her, her
loyalty to Hake is challenged, especially when his monstrous nature is
Tempest Cursed is a loose retelling of Wuthering Heights in two parts. This novel is the first in a series of Gothic retellings.
I would suggest it would be fairer to call this book a work inspired by Wuthering Heights, rather than a retelling. Fans of the original work will see the parallels, but only in a general way. Overall, the premise was appealing and both Hake and Pearl came across well as characters. The second part of the story, when they are teenagers, was more engaging than the earlier section when they are children. I felt the story got going more then, although the finale felt a little rushed. The world building was okay; however, I would have liked to have found out a little more about the Deep Dwellers than I was given. In the end, I would give this book three stars. It was an enjoyable read and will appeal to fantasy fans and readers who like retellings of the classics, but it's not a book that completely captured my mind or my heart -- a middle-of the-road read.
I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.