Author: Joshua Phillip Johnson
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Rating: 5 Stars
On the never-ending, miles-high expanse of prairie grasses known as the Forever Sea, Kindred Greyreach, hearthfire keeper and sailor aboard harvesting vessel The Errant, is just beginning to fit in with the crew of her new ship when she receives devastating news. Her grandmother–The Marchess, legendary captain and hearthfire keeper–has stepped from her vessel and disappeared into the sea.
But the note she leaves Kindred suggests this was not an act of suicide. Something waits in the depths, and the Marchess has set out to find it.
To follow in her grandmother’s footsteps, Kindred must embroil herself in conflicts bigger than she could imagine: a water war simmering below the surface of two cultures; the politics of a mythic pirate city floating beyond the edges of safe seas; battles against beasts of the deep, driven to the brink of madness; and the elusive promise of a world below the waves.
Kindred finds that she will sacrifice almost everything–ship, crew, and a life sailing in the sun–to discover the truth of the darkness that waits below the Forever Sea.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
I read a lot of books within a year, often more than a hundred, and I can honestly say that The Forever Sea by Joshua Phillip Johnson is easily the best book I’ve read this year. The world of The Forever Sea is masterfully crafted and comes to life through the quick flow of the narrative and vibrant description through the eyes of the protagonist, Kindred. The world-building is full of fantastical settings, people, and magic – and the plot is full of adventure, mystery, and just a sliver of romance. There are pirates, great leviathans, the endless grass sea, the magic of bones, flame, and song. Birds that speak secrets, and the endless fathoms of the dark unknown.
I loved everything about this book, and I can guarantee, if you like fantasy, you’ll also love this book. I refuse to spoil this story for anyone, but seriously, give it a read. You won’t regret it. I am so excited to read further into this series.