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Sea Breeze: Phantom Queen Book 8 - A Temple Verse Series (The Phantom Queen Diaries) Kindle Edition
Remember when dead in the water was just an expression? Not anymore.
Fresh from her unplanned stay in the Otherworld, Quinn MacKenna is forced to wait in Fae’s worst Air BnB—a grotesque gingerbread house in a forest full of breadcrumbs—for the captain who will guide her ship to the fabled Atlantis.
But just as idle hands are the Devil’s workshop, idle minds are the Titans’ torture chamber.
The last thing Quinn needs to do is climb down the rabbit hole of her own fears and self-doubts to confront her inner Beasts. She has enough on her mind as she struggles to rediscover her identity and frets over the whereabouts of an old friend bent on vengeance and mayhem. An old friend she may have to put in the grave, whether she wants to or not.
Before she can worry about any of that, Quinn will first have to heal old wounds, enlist the aid of allies old and new, and somehow survive the turbulent tides of fate. Unfortunately, in order to stay afloat, she’ll have to sail into yet another unfamiliar world, a realm of monsters and men and gods so old they are known only as Titans.
It’s all hands on deck—monsters, sea-dogs, and scallywags—as Quinn strives to save who can be saved and beat those who must be beaten. With new powers at her disposal and an ill-matched crew to manage, it will be up to her to navigate these troubled waters. Odysseus may as well have taken a leisure cruise back from Troy compared to Quinn’s fatally fateful voyage.
Quinn will have to bring enough rum to get a Cyclops drunk. Or die trying. Because it’s awfully hard to steer when gods are rocking the boat.
And the world desperately needs her to come back home.
If you like Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Steve McHugh, Michael Anderle, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Shannon Mayer, or K.F. Breene, you won't be able to put down the highly addictive Phantom Queen Diaries or anything else in the Temple Verse.
“Shayne Silvers, Jim Butcher, and Kevin Hearne are easily my favorite Urban Fantasy Authors. In that order.” — Michael Anderle, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling Author
More than 1m copies downloaded and thousands of five-star reviews. Available in digital, print, and audiobook formats.
What Amazon readers are saying:
★★★★★ ‘His foul-mouthed unicorn murders rainbows!’
★★★★★ ‘Move over Dresden!’
★★★★★ ‘The Temple Verse HAS to be picked up by Netflix soon.’
★★★★★ ‘Silvers could write a grocery list on a dirty napkin and make it an international bestseller.’
★★★★★ ‘I went from crying my eyes out to laughing uncontrollably, repeatedly.’
★★★★★ ‘It’s like the characters walked off the page, joined me at the bar, and bought me a drink.’
★★★★★ ‘I am astounded as to how the author keeps the story fresh and exciting.’
★★★★★ ‘I usually see plot twists a mile away. Shayne has proven me wrong. Every time.’
★★★★★ ‘Best books I’ve read in thirty years.’
★★★★★ ‘His intense actions scenes let you see the fangs and claws, hear the gunshots, feel the magic, and smell the fear.’
★★★★★ ‘Everything you thought you knew about vampires, shifters, dragons, wizards, fairies and gods is flat wrong.’
★★★★★ ‘Publishers who didn’t snap up this series are missing out on a gold mine.’
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- Publisher : Argento Publishing (November 15, 2019)
- Publication date : November 15, 2019
- Language : English
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- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
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- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 232 pages
- Lending : Enabled
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The quality is still at its peak, the tone of O'Connell's writing and how it ebbs and flows with the qualities of Silvers' crafted universe still works to the favor of the plot and characters well. Quinn Mackenna has been forced onto the sidelines to await an opportunity for the next phase of her journeying to begin, and when it does it throws her headlong into a number of terribly heavy, complex choices with longstanding consequences to them. Tackling them out of necessity also pushes Quinn to reflect on the greater backdrop of her life and the choices she'd made to get to the current point, realizing in many ways how she has changed and grown from who and how she used to be. Much of the baggage that once defined a significant portion of her character has crumbled away or become so distant and different from who she is in the present that it feels almost like someone else's life, and she doesn't lie to herself about realizing it.
The plot at hand is almost cozily tucked away from the greater drama going on in the Templeverse, but not to the extent that its meaningless to it all, far from it if the implications are correct. Old choices and older events rear their head in strange ways, and with a few classic Templeverse twists and turns in the mix, things are on course to throw a few more revelations and hard choices Quinn's way.
The only issue is again, how quick an installment it is, coming in and leaving right like a proper breeze. It seems more prelude to the actual journey rather than the first few actual steps of it, and while the introspective growth of Quinn is a great narrative focus and her interactions with the other characters do a lot to give them some development with eachother, it does leave one feeling a bit like they went into a full course meal and it stopped just past the appetizer.
A separate and somewhat baffling note is what may or may not be a editorial/narrative oversight, or possibly even authorial retcon, its hard to say, but there's a focus on a particularly important plot point that seems to now be the exact opposite of how it was originally described, changing the entire context of it and the situation at hand in the current story. The details were initially given back in the fourth installment, Dark and Stormy, and going back to reread the portion in question just validated my sense of confusion over it. I'm not sure if this is something that needs adjustment, but as it stands now it reads genuinely strange enough that it threw me right out of the story to go and check if I wasn't going crazy or not.
Overall the rest of the story though keeps to the feel of Quinn's development, and the breadth of it aside, it does hit on some good events and character moments as usual. And as usual I look forward to seeing what comes next.
Quinn is finally growing up.
Even though we didn’t get a lot of answers in regard to the TempleVerse ARC, it is important to note that laying a foundation for Quinn needed to be done. Until we know Quinn better, we will never completely understand how she fits in Nate and Callie’s lives. This books does this.
Cathal has returned as Quinn’s sidekick as well as Eve. The comical exchange of the three was a fun bonus. Of course, the return of Narcissus added that as well.
O’Connell created a story full of action and colorful characters. The introduction of James, Peter Pan’s adopted son in later years, and Helen of Troy was an interesting twist. Once again, a book in the TempleVerse leaves you guessing to future outcomes and your understanding of well-known myths. And it leaves you wanting more.
Sea Breeze is a beginning of new adventures for Quinn and her supporting cast. I anxiously await the next installment of her story. Even though Shayne Silvers created the TempleVerse world, it is Cameron O’Connell who gives live to the Quinn series. It is definitely another brilliant addition to O’Connell’s resume. He continues to entertain and expand my imagination. Well done.
Quinn Mackenna is trying to get to Atlantis to stop her former friend and now bitter enemy, Ryan O’Rye, who has taken on the job of being the new Jack Frost, from doing something (I forget what). But it’s another one of those sorts of nightmare situations where she just can’t seem to get there.
Neverland has died, along with Peter Pan and Captain Hook. For most of the book, Quinn is trying to rebuild Neverland so she can get the few remaining Neverlanders to take her in the Jolly Roger to Atlantis, or to wherever she needs to go to find out how to get to Atlantis.
Once that’s done, however, Quinn sets sail with James Hook, Tiger Lilly, and Tinkerbelle, along with Narcissus and Helen of Troy across an expanse known as the Eighth Sea. There befall the things that befall, and just when it looks like things are looking up again, that ending happens. The only clue that Quinn isn’t about to die is that it would make no sense to cut off just there if that was going to be the case.
Top reviews from other countries
tale full of excitement, action and myth - with some butt-kicking thrown in. Her ultimate goals are to save Jack Frostif she can, destroy him if she can't, and to find Atlantis.
Oh, and save Neverland if she can.
This book did not grab me as quickly as other Quinn books have,but once it did, it was engrossing and compelling.
Cameron O'Connell and Shayne Silvers, kudos to you both yet again