Dark Shores

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Product details

Listening Length 12 hours and 21 minutes
Author Danielle L. Jensen
Narrator Jeanette Illidge, Jeremy Arthur
Whispersync for Voice Ready
Audible.com Release Date May 07, 2019
Publisher Macmillan Audio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B07QY2YYZ6
Best Sellers Rank #47,430 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#53 in Teen & Young Adult Pirate Action & Adventure
#389 in Action & Adventure Fiction for Teens
#1,126 in Fantasy for Teens

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Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2019
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Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing read!
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2020
I loved it!!! This book pretty much ticked all my boxes of what I love in a YA Fantasy series. It gave me a slow burn enemies to lovers romance, action, adventure, travel, and a very interesting world building of a different world. I can’t wait for Dark Skies!
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Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review - Dark Shores
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2020
Initial Thoughts

I was super excited to read this one (please see my hype post detailing the excitement in full). I started this book the day I received it (despite the other books that I was already working on and the ones I owe reviews on).

Favorite Character

Marcus - he was everything I wanted the male lead in this story to be. Conflicted, still a good person, selfless. He was flawlessly flawed and I loved him for it.

The Inspiration

I love, love, love the Roman influence in this story. I thought the inspiration was so different from anything else I had read. While it was heavily influenced by ancient Roman history, I thought the world was very unique.

Some Questions I Have After Reading

What happened to some of the minor characters we left behind? I won't give any names but several characters basically just fall off. Since this is the beginning of a new series, I guess I can accept the cliffhangers but, it didn't feel like cliffhangers, it felt more like forgotten loose ends.
Was it just me, or was "godmarked" not explained very thoroughly? I eventually figured it out, but it took me until about two-thirds into the book to get it.
What's the deal with the seven gods of the Dark Shores? I need more books and more stories about them. I want to know everything. But, the first book in a new series always leaves readers with more questions than answers.

Series Value

I think Danielle L. Jensen set up a unique world that I can easily see more stories coming from. However, this book didn't leave me dying to get back into it. It was definitely a good book with a solid ending, but it felt rushed but yet very neatly tied up despite all of the unanswered questions I have.

I would read the next books in the series for sure, but, I think I could have waited to read this one. I think it would be better as a binge read series.

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed this book. I think it's a great start to a new series. I liked the world building, the inspiration for the story, and the characters. I didn't like the rushed ending, the unanswered questions, and the semi-underdeveloped romance (it goes along with my comments on the rushed ending). But overall, I liked this one.

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Recommendations for Further Reading

Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King - this is another story of a military-esque establishment going on an expedition with a female prisoner leading the way. There is also enemies to lovers romance, a series long plot, and tons of cliffhangers leaving you wanting more.
Beasts of the Frozen Sun by Jill Criswell - this story also contains enemies to lovers romance, gods and goddesses meddling in the affairs of humanity, and a series spanning plot that left me desperate for the next book.
Daughter of the Pirate King and Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller - if you liked the pirate feel of the Maarin people in Dark Shores, you will love this duology.
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Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2020
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Haley R. Flores
5.0 out of 5 stars Pirates, Centurions, New Lands, Oh My!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 16, 2019
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Zoe Lily 🌙
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW. JUST WOW.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 28, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant start to the series!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 9, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant start to the series!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 9, 2021
Wow! Another incredible story from this author! I have previously read The Bridge Kingdom and The Traitor Queen by this author and I craved more!
The world building and characters are amazing, I enjoyed following the story through both of the perspectives of Marcus and Teriana and watching their slow burn enemies-to-lover romance building. This story is set in a Roman style setting mixed with pirates and hidden lands.

I will be certainly continuing the story with Dark Skies!
5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Letitia Fowler
4.0 out of 5 stars All Round Winner!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 5, 2021
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Letitia Fowler
4.0 out of 5 stars All Round Winner!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 5, 2021
Who knew I’d be a big fan of political pirate books 😂 This has slow burn angsty love, roman type men in armour (yum) and obviously pirates 🏴‍☠️ So all round winner really!

Marcus is the start of a new book lover - angry, broody, trouble violent past with a heart of gold, wears armour, is sexy and muscular...Ive got your attention now haven’t I? 😜

Teriana is sassy, stubborn, angry, vindictive and passionate. Team that with an overwhelming love for her crewmates and family and shes a lead character you don’t want to miss. Plus she loves to rub Marcus up the wrong way...no pun intended 😉

The world building is in depth, the political system and situation is interesting and the descriptions wonderful. Its just enough of everything to know that as a first instalment, you will be preordering the 2nd, 3rd and 4th book asap 😅

And there is of course a cliffhanger ending which leaves you with questions...
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Polly Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant high seas adventure
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2021