Sunday, March 6, 2011
The Eternal Sea (ARC) by Angie Frazier
The Eternal Sea:
Romance and adventure are just around the corner . . .
After the thrilling journey that led Camille through the dangerous discovery of love, secrets, and a magical stone that grants immortality, Camille has everything she wants. She's escaped the men who wanted her dead, and now she is ready to build a new life with Oscar, her one true love. But things are not to be so simple. Oscar is acting strangely, and before they can even board a ship from Australia back home, to San Francisco, Camille learns that the journey is not over. If she does not follow the magic of the curse of Umandu, her life and Oscar's could be in grave danger.
Angie Frazier's follow up to Everlasting is a non-stop adventure rife with danger. Her characters are realistic in their reactions and emotions as they face the path they must follow. I enjoyed watching Camille grow as a person as she began to learn things about herself that aren't always pleasant. I was really glad to see another, deeper, side of Randall and really came to like him as the book progressed.
Caught between her love for Oscar and her duty to Randall, Camille is shocked when Randall shows up in Australia to bring her home. Only the Umandu stone is not quite finished with her yet, and Oscar has changed. He begins to push Camille into Randall's waiting arms, but with persistence and her natural affinity to be stubborn, she learns the truth of what Oscar has been hiding from her. In order for Oscar to truly come back to life, they must seek out the other stone from the legend. Followed by her new-found half brother, Samuel, and Ira -- the man they met on their initial journey-- they set off for the stone. Just as they set out on their new adventure, they are attacked by strange men and Ira is taken away. They secure passage to their destination on the ship that brought Randall across the ocean, and the captain, Starbuck, of their ship is keeping secrets. Once he reveals himself to Camille by threatening those traveling with her, she knows she must stop at nothing to reach the stone first. A stowaway named Maggie, becomes an ally to Camille and her friends, claiming to be a guardian of the Umandu stone. Maggie knows more about the stone then Camille can ever hope to and encourages them to fulfill their search for the other stone, for other reasons that she is keeping from Camille. An almost unbelievable betrayal leads to a terrible fate that awaits the young lovers as their journey comes to an end, and a sacrifice must be made to ensure the stones stay out of the hands of Starbuck and his cohorts.