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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Betrothed: Beyond the God Sea is a work of fiction in the dystopian, science fiction, and romance sub-genres, and was penned by author Elora Morgan. The work is intended for the young adult reading audience and contains no explicit content. Our protagonist is Zaria, a young woman born into a position of privilege on her island, who is told that she is bound by fate to marry the sea god Keroe in a dangerous ritual. So when a new boy washes up on her island and threatens everything that she and her people believe in, Zaria must re-examine who and what to put her faith in. What results is a thrilling and enveloping start to the God Sea Trilogy.
Author Elora Morgan has crafted a most engrossing and conceptual work of dystopian fiction with plenty of romantic thrills and clever plot twists to offer its readers. One of the most essential features of this work was the talent the author displays in worldbuilding, through such details as the cultural beliefs and behaviors of the other islanders around Zaria. Her society was so realistic in details like the parlance and terms they use to identify themselves, and this was also woven closely with Zaria’s narration, so we get a fantastic experience living through her dilemmas. The plot also has sudden surprising turns that really amp up the suspense as it moves forward, and what results is an action-packed and exciting start to what promises to be a very engaging series. Overall, I would highly recommend Betrothed: Beyond the God Sea to fans of well-developed characters, clever worldbuilding concepts, and YA romance readers everywhere.