•Title: IN DEEPER WATERS
•Author: FT LUKENS
•Length: 320 PAGES (HARDCOVER)
•Publisher: MARGARET K. MCELDERRY BOOKS
•Read Date: 04/19/2021
•Publication Date: 04/20/2021
•Type Read: DIGITAL ARC (VIA NETGALLEY)
•Genre(s): YA FANTASY, HISTORICAL FICTION, LGBT, ROMANCE
Tagline and Synopsis:
A young prince must rely on a mysterious stranger to save him when he is kidnapped during his coming-of-age tour in this swoony adventure that is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Pirates of the Caribbean.
Prince Tal has long awaited his coming-of-age tour. After spending most of his life cloistered behind palace walls as he learns to keep his forbidden magic secret, he can finally see his family’s kingdom for the first time. His first taste of adventure comes just two days into the journey, when their crew discovers a mysterious prisoner on a burning derelict vessel.
Tasked with watching over the prisoner, Tal is surprised to feel an intense connection with the roguish Athlen. So when Athlen leaps overboard and disappears, Tal feels responsible and heartbroken, knowing Athlen could not have survived in the open ocean.
That is, until Tal runs into Athlen days later on dry land, very much alive, and as charming—and secretive—as ever. But before they can pursue anything further, Tal is kidnapped by pirates and held ransom in a plot to reveal his rumored powers and instigate a war. Tal must escape if he hopes to save his family and the kingdom. And Athlen might just be his only hope…
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Tal is a young prince, the fourth child of Queen Carys, with no claim to the throne. But he does have magic! He has been hidden inside the castle for his own protection since the last of his ancestry with the kind of magic he holds, King Lon, was a terrible man who hungered for the demolition of any other magical beings. He brought so much shame and pain to the crown. But Tal doesn’t want to the be anything like his great grandfather.
On his ceremonial coming of age journey on a ship with his brother, Garrett, he meets a strange and beautiful boy named Athlen shackled on a sinking ship. He frees Athlen, never having any idea what turns his life is about to take.
When Tal is captured and help prisoner on another ship, whose captain has been tasked with getting Tal to reveal his secret magic, Tal believes that his life is over. He has always feared his magic and refuses to show this ship captain his truth for fear it will lead to the demise of his family. But when his magic is finally set free and escape is at his fingertips, the boy he saved becomes the boy who saves HIM!
Athlen is otherworldly and reveals his own secrets to Tal, entrusting him even though it was Tal’s very own great grandfather who killed all of the rest of Athlen’s kind.
Tal and Athlen must journey to Tal’s kingdom to uncover the dastardly plot against the royal family and stop an unnecessary war from happening between his kingdom and one who has been framed for his capture.
This was such a great and epic tale of love and overcoming fear. This was ya, but the fact that there was some gruesomeness to it was phenomenal. The urgency in this book is palpable as it progresses. And the fight against the clock to learn and uncover the truth had me on the edge of my seat!
If you think that a story about a magic prince and an ethereal merman who fall in love over the course of a harrowing journey where they must continually fight for their lives is for you, then do yourself a favor and pick up In Deeper Waters!
About the Author:
F.T. Lukens is the author of four young adult novels published through Interlude Press, and her book Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic was a 2017 Cybils Award finalist in YA Speculative Fiction, won the ForeWord INDIES Book of the Year Gold Award for YA Fiction, and the Bisexual Book Award for Speculative Fiction, and it was also recently named to ALA’s 2019 Rainbow List. F.T. lives in North Carolina with her husband, three kids, three dogs, and three cats. Visit her at FTLukens.com.