Title: The Savage Blue
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
A storm is coming…
The ocean is a vicious place. Deeper and darker than Tristan could have imagined. Beneath its calm blue surface, an ancient battle is churning —and no one is safe.
In the quest for the Sea Throne, Tristan has already watched one good friend die. Now he must lead the rest on a dangerous voyage in search of the trident that will make him king. But while Tristan chases his destiny, the dark forces racing against him are getting stronger, and the sea witch of his nightmares is getting closer.
Battling sea dragons and savage creatures of the deep, Tristan needs his friends’ support. But they each have their secrets, and a betrayal will force Tristan to choose between his crown and his best friend Layla — the only girl he’s ever loved.
The Vicious Deep was a pretty decent debut for me last year, so I came into The Savage Blue hoping it would be at least as good as the first and would hopefully even improve upon the first book’s minor problems. I don’t think it improved upon those problems, but it was still a fairly enjoyable follow-up.
The main problem I have had with these books is that I sometimes feel a little lost. Sometimes descriptions aren’t that great or characters do things that don’t really make sense; I’m not always able to figure out why I’m confused, but it happen again and again throughout this book. It would only be a problem for a page or two and I would get back into the flow of the book, so it wasn’t a huge problem that prevented me from enjoying the book a lot.
The romance still wasn’t working for me in this book. The childhood friend is the love interest, but she just doesn’t seem to show up enough to really understand. They’re kind of cute when they’re together sometimes, but there’s way too much drama surrounding their romance that I really don’t get and got a bit tired of reading. I didn’t hate them as a couple but I really didn’t feel like rooting for them.
Instead, I kind of wanted Tristan to end up with the much more interesting character of Princess Gwen. She seems much more complex than Layla, with her mysterious past and her interesting personality. I didn’t necessarily want her to be with Tristan because I thought they were the best for each other or because Gwen needs to end up with someone – I just wanted her to have an even bigger part in the story.
The ending kind of made me mad. Once again I got a little lost and something happened to a character that I really liked that both worried and annoyed me. However, it mostly made me want to get my hands on the third (and final? don’t know if this is a trilogy or not) book to see what happened and if things will work out.