Luminaire (Florence Waverley #2)
by Ciye Cho
Summary: Being the only human in a world of merfolk... isn't easy. Florence Waverley chose to stay in Niemela, but things have gone awry. Secrets have risen and the prince she cares about has pulled away. All the while, dark dreams warn her of a tragedy that only she can stop. But in order to save the merman she loves, Florence will have to enter the Life Path tournament: a brutal test of fear and madness.
The tournament is a rite of passage--a maze where young mermaids and mermen battle to find their purpose. It is also a place where Florence will face grave danger: mermaids with evil magic, tunnels filled with sea fire, and guardians who wish to use her as a pawn in their secret plans. But will Florence be strong enough to survive the tournament... or will she perish inside it?
Everything hangs in the balance: her life, her world, and her love.
Review: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Luminaire was a well written sequel to Florence. I read Florence earlier this year and fell in love with the world of Niemela. It’s rare that I encounter mermaids in books and I love the world the author built. It was descriptive and I could picture it all in my head so clearly. The way Niemela is set up is unique, enchanting, and makes perfect sense and the author never fails to amaze me in that sense. The first book was full of conflict and self discovery and although it stands alone really well, I enjoyed the sequel a lot and it certainly didn’t disappoint. There was just as much conflict and self discovery in Luminaire and I had a much better understanding of all the characters, both old and new and a better understanding of the world of Niemela. The conflict between the characters was shocking, especially when I thought Florence proved herself in the first book. Florence is just as much of an outcast at the beginning of book two and it definitely surprised me and had me asking tons of questions and turning the pages to find out more. I cannot praise the writing enough for being incredibly descriptive and picturesque and the author was able to tell an enchanting story beautifully. There were interesting scenes and legends and magical encounters throughout the Life Path tournament that Florence finds herself in. Just when I thought I’d learned all there was to learn about Niemela, the Life Path Tournament maze introduced so much more. Luminaire was a story full of adventure, love, coming of age, self discovery, betrayal, and magic in the incredible world of the mer. I would definitely recommend it to others.