Deep under Arctic waters lies an ice kingdom carved into a glacier. Those who dwell within it possess magnificent biological secrets. Due to the dangers of impending war, the Princess of Adlivun is forced to flee her undersea utopia and regroup with her sisters in Alaska.
Captain Trevain Murphy is a successful king crab fisherman who has spent his life building his empire above the sea, and knows nothing of the empire beneath it. When he meets a mysterious dancer whose father has recently died, he extends kindness towards her, unaware of her unique genetics and royal lineage.
Trevain's attraction to the enigmatic Aazuria Vellamo will involve him in dangerous designs that will forever change his life, and his perspective on himself and his world. He embarks on perilous journeys in which he will need to release all of his insecurities and inhibitions in order to survive. (synopsis from Goodreads)
At the beginning of the book I was confused aboutwho the characters were and how they related to the ice kingdom under the sea. After the first few chapters, it was revealed that Aazuria is the Princess of Adlivun, the underwater ice kingdom. From that point on I really enjoyed the events of the book.
There's a love story between Aazuria, who looks 18 but is over 600 years old, and Trevain, a 50 year old sailor. It's a forbidden love that could leave Adlivun in ruins if Aazuria decides to leave for good. There's also a war raging between the people of Adlivun and a group of other sea dwellers. The others, under the rule of Atagatis, have been poaching men off of boats and drowning them in the sea.
A lot of action takes place in the book and their are several story lines that eventually come together in the end. There are also several surprising twists that made me keep reading to find out what would happen next. I really enjoyed the book and liked how everything wrapped up and came together in the end.
Aazuria is a strong woman who not only fights for her people but also for anyone she loves. She's not afraid to step in when she feels like someone has been wronged and she'll stand up for what she believes in. She is a wonderfully strong main female character.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.