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Meet the brave and fearless Visola; a woman unlike any you've ever encountered. Her wit and humor take her through the darkest of dangers with a smile always on her face--and her smile only grows larger as the odds become more impossible. With no concern for her own safety, Visola dives headfirst into the throes of battle to protect the people and country she loves, even if it means facing her worst enemy--the one man who can get inside her head and break her down like ...
Meet the brave and fearless Visola; a woman unlike any you've ever encountered. Her wit and humor take her through the darkest of dangers with a smile always on her face--and her smile only grows larger as the odds become more impossible. With no concern for her own safety, Visola dives headfirst into the throes of battle to protect the people and country she loves, even if it means facing her worst enemy--the one man who can get inside her head and break her down like no other: her own husband...
There is no divorce in the undersea kingdom of Adlivun. Marriage is a bond that lasts until death--even if death comes in several centuries, and your spouse happens to become a ruthless, vicious adversary. This is the conflict that General Visola Ramaris faces when she learns that the mighty Vachlan is behind the attacks on her kingdom. She has sworn to protect Adlivun with her life, but long ago, she also swore to love and honor her husband...
Visola must choose whether she will destroy Vachlan once and for all, or attempt the hardest thing conceivable: communication. After two hundred years of desertion, she knows she can never forgive him. When he threatens the person dearest to her, she must take action. Confronting Vachlan on enemy territory would be nothing short of suicide. She knows that if she falls into his custody, the deranged mercenary would relish torturing her and making her lose her own sanity.
Princess Aazuria forbids Visola from taking matters into her own hands. She will do anything it takes to protect her friend from the man who wants to crush her. Alas, Visola is a crazy, uncontrollable warrior with the blood of Vikings in her veins. Why would she ever consider doing the safe and predictable thing?
Praise for Fathoms of Forgiveness:
"The connection between Viso and Vachlan is so powerfully deep, dark, and totally twisted. I really felt their mutual suffering and longing, mixed with foolish pride and wounded spirits. The back-and-forth and back-and-forth left me breathless at the anticipation of the final outcome. Who will win the battle of wills between Visola and her lover? Could he ever possibly be redeemed in her eyes after the brutal events of the past? This isn't some mushy gushy romance...this is a love story...a dark, deep, twisted, and dangerous love that spans decades and feels as eternal as the sea they inhabit." - Samantha Ryan, Goodreads reviewer
"Before I was even halfway through it I was already telling people that it was one the the best books I had read, and my opinion hasn't changed. I loved almost every character and felt myself connected to each one more than I have ever connected to any book characters before. It seemed like every few pages I was experiencing a different emotion and I found myself extremely disappointed when it ended." - Madelaine Bast, Goodreads reviewer
More acclaim for the second book of the Sacred Breath series...
"...we are blessed to see what a brilliant, noble, and profoundly admirable character Ms. Nadia Scrieva has created with General Visola - as strong a female protagonist I've run across as of late, but not so strong that she loses her femininity and graceful allure. The opposite, actually. Her womanhood shines through in her understated strength and ability to bear the worst of pain and prepare to make the ultimate sacrifice." - JT Thomas, Goodreads reviewer
"I praised the first book for the deeply emotional and multi-layered complexity of themes that made it such a rich and rewarding reading experience. If possible, I thought that Fathoms of Forgiveness was even better than the first one in that regard. It was such a brutal, heart-tugging experience from the beginning all the way through to the end." - Anabella "BellaReadz" Johnson, Librarything
Posted August 20, 2012
Taking up where Drowning Mermaids ended, Fathoms of Forgiveness takes us back to the underwater world of Adlivun. Aazuria is getting ready to wed Trevain, while Trevain is adjusting to his new reality. Aazuria's primary general Visola has recently learned that one of the people behind the most recent attack on Adlivun was her estranged husband Vachlan. It turns out that Vachlan wants Visola, but Aazuria cannot live without her best warrior. Vachlan soon forces their hand though, and Visola does what she feels is necessary. Whether or not Visola can survive her plan is another matter altogether.
I enjoyed the first book, so I was looking forward to reading this one. It definitely paid off. This was a better book on several levels. I found the writing to be tighter and the dialogue to be smoother. It all seemed to flow just a little better. I also found the story to be very intriguing. I remember wanting to learn more about the underwater world of Adlivun, and I got my wish for sure. Most of the action took place underwater, and there were so many traditions and important parts of underwater politics and history that I learned about. The author almost seemed to have a checklist of questions I had and seemed to answer many of them.
My favorite part of the book was Visola's flashback to how she and Vaclan met. You really get a good feel for their personalities and some of the things that drew them together. Naturally there were some twists and turns, several of which I did not see coming. I was honestly shocked by some of what went on. I will say though that some of the characters were much more forgiving that I would have been. This book also ends with a cliffhanger that left me wanting more. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I can't wait for the next one.
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Posted June 6, 2014
This is the second book in the sacred breath series. It continues were the first left off and a few more things are made clear that were missed in the first. You get a better perspective of some of the other characters. The villain is more prominent than the first book as well as getting his background. As for the entire plot line we have seen it before but that is not a bad thing. Just don't expect a " Whoa didn't see that coming moment.".Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2014
Reviewed by Barbara Garcia for Readers' Favorite
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.
Posted April 16, 2014
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
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.
Posted April 16, 2014
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.
Posted March 8, 2014
Scrieva is a very visual author. Everything is laid out in vivid relief, allowing her audience to walk through this underwater world alongside her characters. Emotion seeps from every page, connecting you with her characters. She had me giggling at the irony of certain situations while cringing at their inevitability. The characters within the novel are so wrapped up in circumstance that they cannot see it, but as an observer you can, in vivid clarity. She also threw some major loops at me. There were many times where I found myself thinking ‘Holy Sea Cow! I didn’t see that coming.’ Scrieva’s plot twists have a logical consistency while keeping her readers on the toes. I also really appreciated the way that she worked the backstory between the main characters into the storyline. It really added a level of clarity and intensity to the tale.
Some of the minor characters introduced in the first novel of the series become much more developed in this one. They carve out their own niche and become important and loveable in their own rights. It was brilliant getting to know the main characters in this instalment better. Seeing why they were separated and how they came back together allowed you to identify with and feel for them while allowing you to understand how they became who they are today.
As a whole, Scrieva continues this series with her seamless writing and kept me intrigued throughout. I quite enjoyed this instalment and am dying for the next. I also still wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Posted February 9, 2014
This book was amazing, and it kept surprising me every few pages. I couldn't put it down. I'm so glad I found this series! Onto the next one now! :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 24, 2013
Posted January 13, 2013
What made Empire such a good sequel was the character development, peeling the emotional layers of both hero and villain. What you find under the hard edged public image of General Visola is a woman, imperfect and perplexing, with nuance and breadth of emotion. The story takes her through the gates of hell and into the nightmare scenario of anyone who wears the mantle of protector. The grit and gore, of which there is plenty, are weighed in both shock value and as catalyst for introspection. However it is the personal torment with her own feelings for and against a ghost from her past that showcases Ms. Scrieva's penchant for diving into the psyche of her characters. The moral and ethical questions of friendship and love, in the face of unforgivable offenses, are carried to their logical and emotional conclusions from which neither character nor reader can escape without re-examining our own biases. Not to be outdone, the action in this volume follows the author's established rapid pace. Like any great trilogy, this middle act serves up a dramatic cliffhanger to whet the reader's appetite. As a recent convert to her unique style, I wait with bated breath for the next installment.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 13, 2013
I found love in this book and you will too! The core of this book is the story of Visola, whom one cannot help but admire after understanding what she has gone through and how far she is willing to go in life for sake of her honor. There are so many 'heights' to this book that embody the build-up of admiration and sympathy for the characters. As one could expect in a book that is so strongly about Visola, there are so many funny parts to the book.
There are some dark parts to this story that add to the magnitude of it. The author has a great talent for giving you a reason to hate the bad guys.
In a corner of my mind I realize that this story shows us the potential of all of the characters. If Visola's story can be so compelling, I am excited to learn more about the other characters. I cannot say enough how much I loved her story and I am eager to share it with my fiance and my friends!
Posted January 4, 2013
Im not sure if anyone else had the same problem but my copy of this on my nook was missing pages and then it wouldnt let me read past page 311. Very disappointed.
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