Fathoms of Forgiveness

Sacred Breath, Book 2

Fiction - Fantasy - General
326 Pages
Reviewed on 02/15/2014
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Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite

Another obstacle is placed in the paths of Trevain and Aazuria. Corallyn is kidnapped by the Zalcan clan and they want Visola in exchange for the young princess. But Aazuria refuses to hand over her very good friend and general. When Corallyn is returned to the Adlivun in pieces, they began to question their strategy. Visola’s twin, Sionna, is abducted as the next attempt to get the General. This time Visola decides to surrender herself to the enemies even if it means coming face to face with the husband who left her and who she still loves. Fathoms of Forgiveness is the second book in the Sacred Breath series by Nadia Scrieva.

Perfect flow of thoughts. Funny, original and insightful characters. Fascinating conversations and poetic narrations. Everything that makes a book a definite five star read. I love the story of Adlivun’s General Visola Ramaris and the “Destroyer of Kingdoms” Vachlan Suchos. Despite the abuse, torture, infidelity, and treachery, Nadia Scrieva still managed to make Visola and Vachlan’s relationship one of the sweetest love stories. Centuries of separation didn't take away from the love they were feeling for each other. Their story is the main focus, but it also continues the story of Trevain and Aazuria. The ending makes me curious as to what is in store for everyone in the next part of the series. Although I haven’t read the first book, I still thoroughly enjoyed this one. Fathoms of Forgiveness can be read as a standalone, but for a better experience I think reading the first one should be recommended. Looking forward to the rest of the Sacred Breath series.

Barbara Garcia

Fathoms of Forgiveness by Nadia Scrieva is a wonderful tale of family, friends, and loyalty. When Corallyn is abducted by Vachlan in an attempt to lure Visola back to him, Visola readily agrees to give herself up for the younger sister of her best friend, Princess Aazuria. But she meets hard resistance to that, and instead is talked into an assault on Vachlan's camp to get her back. The pieces of Corallyn's body are sent to them, and Visola's twin sister has been taken. Visola is left no choice but to go and free her sister. Vachlan does release Visola's sister once he has Visola in exchange, and his motives for wanting her with him become painfully apparent. He only wants to know why she cheated on him 200 years ago, and he intends to torture her until she tells him. But Visola knows her silence will torture him every bit as much mentally. And it does. But as his love begins to overwhelm his anger, he relents, and then must steal her away as Prince Zalcan attempts to rape her. He is met with anger and mistrust as he attempts to reconcile with Visola's family and friends, but when Aazuria ends up missing - abducted by Prince Zalcan - they need Vachlan more than ever.

Fathoms of Forgiveness will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. You'll laugh with this bunch of characters for their witty conversations; you'll cry for their lost loved ones as war is an all too real probability in their worlds; you'll hate Prince Zalcan for his cruelty; and Vachlan with make you angry and glad all at the same time. But Visola will make you proud. What a woman! And you simply have to admit that, despite their love/hate relationship, she and Vachlan belong together. Author Nadia Scrieva has done an excellent job of not just character building, but world building, AND relationship building. I truly got how deeply connected Visola and Vachlan were, but also her connection to some of the other characters, as well. Their relationships ran deep, and Ms. Scrieva brought strong emotions to the surface very skillfully through them.

Bil Howard

Sworn to protect Aazuria since the young princess was born, Visola will face anything or do anything necessary to preserve Adlivun and the rule of Aazuria in Fathoms of Forgiveness by Nadia Scrieva. When her estranged husband, Vachlan, attacked Adlivun, General Visola Ramaris led the defense against him and obtained victory after the first wave. Vachlan was not finished, however, and snatches one of Aazuria’s sisters, asking for Visola as ransom. With Aazuria and Queen Amabie planning an attack in order to free Corallyn, they receive another ransom note carved in the pieces of Corallyn’s mutilated body. Visola is ready to give herself up to meet Vachlan’s demands, but Aazuria cannot conceive of losing her. When Vachlan abducts her twin sister Sionna, however, Visola will do anything necessary to save her sister even if the price is her own life. While her grandson Trevain and Aazuria are getting married and will soon grace Adlivun’s royal throne with both king and queen, Visola is on a mission to bring her sister home, a mission which is likely to have only one possible ending for her. Will her sacrifice be sufficient in order to preserve her kingdom and give long life and happiness to the king and queen?

The Sacred Breath Series could not advance better than it does with the addition of Fathoms of Forgiveness. Nadia Scrieva has certainly added a thrilling and emotional twist to the saga that continues in Adlivun. This passionate warrior builds the depth of character of the people of Adlivun and especially of the lineage of Ramaris. As Visola is eager to give up her life for not only her sister, but the kingdom of Adlivun, there is a sense of pride even in the tragedy that certainly must take place. Honorable, thrilling and tragic, Fathoms of Forgiveness will leave a lump in your throat and a sense of pride in your heart.

Melinda Hills

An ancient civilization is threatened by the potential of a global war and it takes superhuman effort by the general to turn the tide in favor of the Queen. Fathoms of Forgiveness (Sacred Breath, Book 2) by Nadia Scrieva continues the tale of the underwater empire, Adlivun, and the dedication of Queen Aazuria, her new husband Trevain, and her general Visola Ramaris. Suffering from the defection of Visola’s husband Vachlan, the leaders of Adlivun enlist the aid of other clans to protect themselves from the destruction they fear is inevitable. With the resources and knowledge available through Admiral Trevain and his love for his new wife, the Queen, there is hope that everything will come together and the horrors created by the previous King will not lead to the destruction of everything and everyone in Adlivun. General Ramaris is torn between her desire for revenge against her husband’s brutality and her need for his love. How can she protect her kingdom if she can’t control her own emotions?

A great adventure story with plenty of action and fantastic elements, Fathoms of Forgiveness by Nadia Scrieva picks up neatly where Drowning Mermaids (Sacred Breath, Book 1) left off. The action is intense, the characters are quite believable and show tremendous depth, and the plot moves along through triumphs and trials that test the loyalty and resolve of every person in the story. Elements of the past are mingled in with current action so that the motivation of some of the characters is clearly understood and a great deal of soul-searching leaves everyone wondering how best to face the future.

Faridah Nassozi

Fathoms of Forgiveness is the second book in the Sacred Breath Series by Nadia Scrieva. This story follows the dramatic events and action in book one, Drowning Mermaids. Aazuria and Trevain met and fell in love in Trevain's world, but now he is in her world and he is amazed by the beauty and sheer elegance of the undersea world. For a moment, everything is rosy and cosy in the undersea kingdom of Adlivun and everybody is happily enjoying the newly discovered family ties with their long-lost relatives; that is until a ransom note arrives. Corallyn, one the princess's sisters, has been abducted and a ransom of priceless value is demanded. Now Visola, by her own declaration general first and woman second, is faced with the possibility of confronting her worst adversary, her estranged husband and sworn enemy Vachlan, in order to rescue Corallyn and protect her kingdom.

Imagine a beautiful undersea kingdom; but this time forget the stereo typed underwater world tales we are all used to, full of beautiful long-tailed mermaids. This is a world full of real people with real people problems and struggles, real allies and adversaries. Fathoms of Forgiveness by Nadia Scrieva is a deeply descriptive and beautiful story, painting a breathing-taking picture of an undersea world and the extra-ordinary woman, General Visola, who is willing to go to all lengths to protect those dear to her. Her strength, determination, and stubbornness, plus sense of humor make her an incredibly attractive character that keeps you completely immersed in the story up to the very end.