The Enemies to Lovers Fantasy You Need to Read!
“With these three virtues, we shall thrive. With these three, we shall conquer: Truth, Honor, Blood.”
Where Oceans Burn by Casey L. Bond is an absolute must read for any fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout and Sarah J. Maas. Casey L. Bond has written a gorgeous YA Fantasy with incredible world building, and a storyline about a woman whose fate lies in ending the war between those in the sky and those in the sea.
What would you do to avenge the person you grew up with? The closest friend you’ve ever had? For Elira, losing Aderyn was like losing a part of her soul. From the day of Aderyn’s death, Elira, one of Empyrean’s fiercest commanders has sworn to bring the elusive sea predator—The Shark—to justice. The only problem is that in a society where the only glory comes from being the one on top, unrest lurks around every corner.
“Without reflection, there was no growth. Without growth, there was no prosperity. No truth or honor could rise from stagnancy.”
When Elira finds herself at the mercy of the sea people, her world and everything she thought she knew about it is turned on its head. Suddenly instead of hunting The Shark, she is instead needing his name and protection in order to survive long enough to heal from the fall that sent her into Talay’s sea. Instead of being a mighty commander in the sky, her broken wings need to heal while Elira grapples with coming to terms with the moniker given to her by the people of the sea—The Scourge.
Where Oceans Burn isn’t just a fantasy tale of enemies to lovers—there’s so much more in this beautifully written story. Elira and Crest both need to come to terms with their fates, and the paths their hearts most desire. Learning how to cast aside generations of prejudice and hate in a war that has been waged for as long as anyone can remember is difficult, but the most important step is always the first towards peace.
“If you skip the ending, you miss all the best parts, the parts that make all the heartache and strife, all the pain and sorrow worth it. You have to traverse the dark valleys to reach the highest peaks, Elira.”
Even though Elira and Crest’s story remains unresolved at the end of Where Oceans Burn, I was left feeling hopeful instead my usual in pain and agony feeling of cliffhangers when my beloved characters don’t have their HEA’s quite yet. Casey L. Bond has me so completely invested in the outcome of Elira’s next steps. It takes a phenomenal character like Elira, and even better writing to pull off a feat like that! Easily one of the best books that I’ve read in 2022, look for Where Oceans Burn to be released October 13th—you will absolutely not regret it at all.
Jes is a self-proclaimed bookworm, who recently moved from the PNW back to the Midwest. When her nose isn’t in a book, she’s spending time with her husband, two kids, and her three fur babies, or exploring the globe. She also firmly believes that you should start the day with coffee, and end the day in bed with a good book.