October 14, 2021

Along the Saltwise Sea by A. Deborah Baker

Along the Saltwise Sea by A. Deborah BakerAlong the Saltwise Sea by A. Deborah Baker
Series: The-Up-and-Under #2
Published by Tordotcom on October 12, 2021
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover
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three-half-stars
Reading Challenges: GoodReads, NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Along the Saltwise Sea

Along the Saltwise Sea is the second book in the MG Up-and-Under series spun off from the adult fantasy, Middlegame by A. Deborah Baker, aka Seanan McGuire. I adored the first book, Over the Woodward Wall, so I had high hopes for this one.

Avery and Zib along with the Crow Girl, and the drowned girl, Niamh find themselves on a pirate ship for this installment in their adventures. Avery and Zib are still trying to find their way home.

My thoughts about Along the Saltwise Sea

This second installment had far more explication than the first and a lot of recapping so the story doesn’t advance much. What you do get is a much closer look at how the rulers, lands, and elements relate to each other in some very complex world-building.

Both Avery and Zib do some maturing when they have to consider concepts like bullying and gender.

Often, Seanan McGuire’s books grab me by the feels. This book felt like it was setting the stage for some serious emotional wreckage so I’m looking forward to what book three brings.

In conclusion

Definitely start with Over the Woodward Wall in this portal fantasy spin-off of Middlegame.

Thank you TorDotCom for the ARC.

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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • GoodReads
  • NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021
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