Book Review || The Tomb of the Sea Witch

The Tomb of the Sea Witch
Beaumont & Beasley, Book 2
Kyle Robert Shultz

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YA Fiction, Faerietale Retellings, Fantasy

{GoodReads}
Private detective Nick Beasley used to be a debunker of magic--and a human being. Then he found out magic is real. The hard way. Now he's on the run from a powerful council of enchanters who want him dead, along with his little brother Crispin and the renegade enchantress Lady Cordelia Beaumont.

So when Cordelia suggests going undercover at a stronghold of the Council's power--the Warrengate Academy of Advanced Magic--Nick isn't exactly thrilled with the idea. Cordelia insists that the school may hold the key to Nick regaining his humanity: an ancient spell created by the Sea Witch from the tale of the Little Mermaid.

But the mission proves to be more complicated than Beaumont and Beasley had expected. An ancient threat is rising from the deep, bringing an army of the dead along with it. Shocking revelations send Nick, Cordelia, and Crispin on a harrowing journey under the sea.

The Sea Witch is not quite as dead as everyone believes...and her secrets will change everything.

Perfect for fans of Doctor Who, Once Upon A Time, Indiana Jones, or The Dresden Files, the Beaumont and Beasley series features high adventure in a world where fairy tales are history.


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WARNING: Possible Spoilers

{The Basics}
I've heard so many great things about this series.  And y'all, it's all true!! I absolutely LOVED this little novel.  The CHARACTERS!!! AHHHH, I loves them ALL.  The plot twists.  The faerietales retold.  The transformations. . .  

PLEASE NOTE:  This is the sequel of a series, and it is not a stand-alone novel.  To know the full, fantastic story, read the first! --->  The Beast of Talesend. 

{Spiritual Content}
This is a wonderfully clean novel, with absolutely no language whatsoever.  Characters use the phrase, "Dear God," a time or two.  But other than that, there are no overt "messages" or agendas to classify this as a "Christian" novel.  It is simply a thrilling, humorous adventure involving what you think you knew of faerietales.  :]

Magic plays a huge part in these tales.  The antagonist of this particular story possesses a girl and uses her to accomplish her dastardly evil goals.  She uses song-magic to do so, and can hypnotize folks to do her will.  

{Violence}
Undead skeletal pirates attempt to attack the academy of magic at Warrengate, but they seem to be easily disposed of as they fall to pieces without too much gnawing, kicking, punching, or magical combat.  Characters often use magic to fight.

The rather strict headmaster of Warrengate, who also happens to be a DRAGON (*cue Crispin squeal*), is always threatening to barbecue anyone who falls out of line or oversteps his boundaries.  A stone gargoyle is consumed by flames, but being stone is completely unharmed.  A horde of skeletons are burnt to a crisp.

Characters are attacked by said skeletal pirates, underwater tentacley polyps, nearly eaten by a sea-monster, and suffer cuts, bruises, and the like.  One is slashed on the arm with a dagger, but the wound quickly heals.   A Beast-creature battles a great octopus-mermaid-woman---he defeats her with a fatal slash of his claws to her neck, drawing black blood.  The Beast-creature suffers from dozens of cuts, but they soon heal.  

{Love-y Content}
Crispin (Nick's little brother) falls in love with Molly, Cordelia's cousin (after knowing her for only a couple days)---he's so cute!  Turns out Molly likes him a lot as well.  They share a few kisses hugs.  

Nick and Cordelia always bicker and argue their plans/points/etc.  But you KNOW they care for each other. 

{Conclusion}
All in all, I would TOTALLLLLLLLLYYYYY recommend this entire series to all my buddies.  (Nearly had to fight my hubby off to keep him from stealing the book from me. . .) ;D  As mentioned before, this is entirely clean fiction filled with action, humor, undead pirate skeletons, merfolk, and so much more.  I can't wait to get my hands on the third tale!!!

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Ages: 13+

3 comments

  1. Fun! Sounds like a book I would enjoy :).

    Catherine

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  2. YOU READ IT!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D UGH. This series is just the BEST. I cannot wait for you to read the next book. It may be my favorite. But but but...so much happens. o.o Just EEP. GET READY!

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  3. Catherine: YASSSSSSS ;D *thumbs up*

    Christine: I KNOOOOWWWW!!! It's already in my Amazon cart at the moment... O__O Just waiting cuz I want free shipping, and I'm too cheap to pay Prime. ;D AHHHHHH!!!! WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN??? Don't tell me!! ;D

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