Dark Shores

Dark Shores

by Danielle L. Jensen

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High seas adventure, blackmail, and meddling gods meet in Dark Shores, a thrilling first novel in a fast-paced new YA fantasy series by USA Today bestselling author Danielle L. Jensen.

In a world divided by meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans, only the Maarin possess the knowledge to cross the Endless Seas. But they have one mandate: East must never meet West.

Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense and heir to the Maarin Triumvirate. Her people are born of the seas and the keepers of its secrets, but when her closest friend is forced into an unwanted betrothal, Teriana breaks her people’s mandate so her friend might escape—a choice with devastating consequences.

Marcus is the commander of the Thirty-Seventh, the notorious legion that has led the Celendor Empire to conquer the entire East. The legion is his family, but even they don’t know the truth he’s been hiding since childhood. It’s a secret he’ll do anything to protect, no matter how much it costs him – and the world.

When an Empire senator discovers the existence of the Dark Shores, he captures Teriana’s crew and threatens to reveal Marcus’s secret unless they sail in pursuit of conquest, forcing the two into an unlikely—and unwilling—alliance. They unite for the sake of their families, but both must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much they are willing to sacrifice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250317711
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 45,968
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

DANIELLE L. JENSEN was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance, then went back to school to complete an English literature degree at Mount Royal University. She is the USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Trilogy: Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress, and Warrior Witch (Angry Robot).

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Dark Shores 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Deniareads More than 1 year ago
Okay, well, this book wasn’t anything like I thought it was going to be like. I’m not disappointed per se but I didn’t get the hang of the story either. I went into this book expecting a lot of pirates and thievery and I don’t know, more Pirates of The Caribbean stuff, but whatever. In this book, we follow the story of Teriana and Marcus. They both come from different sides of the world and each has something to lose if they don’t do what they are told. Teriana is the daughter of the captain of the ship Quincense and they come from the other side of the world, the south. Marcus is the leader of what it is considered to be the army of the north side and it isn’t until the senator blackmails him into doing stuff for him that his position becomes compromised. The north side of the world doesn’t know about the south side of the world and that is until they capture Teriana’s people and torture and killed most of them for information. “There are many paths as there are travelers … You must find the right one” Teriana is the one who finally cracks and tells the senator everything he wants to know in exchange to save her people. Which now puts her in a ship with Marcus and his league of men on a ship across the world. Teriana and Marcus both hate each other, but they also need each other to make sure that their people are not compromised. Torn between decisions, things become more difficult when feelings start to get involved and it just gets more complicated from there. “Just because you can’t do something doesn’t make it impossible.” The story itself had potential to be something more interesting. The turn of events and situations happening in this book were a little bit of a let down for me. The one thing that I did like was the comradery between Marcus’s men and how good soldiers they were. Her writing style got me bored a couple of times and although the story seemed to keep moving, it was slow at times too. There’s heavy talk about colonialism in this book here, abusive behavior and many others, so just be careful reading this book. If you like Seafire, Nocturna, and Daughter of the Pirate King, then you should give this book a try. For readers 15 years old and older. And as always guys, I want to thank you for taking the time to read my post, I truly appreciate it. Also please take a look at my blog where I post more than just reviews! deniareads.wordpress.com
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
First of all, while the cover and synopsis might give the idea that this book is about pirates and adventure, it is not really that. I mean, sure, one of the main characters belongs to a race of seafaring pirates, there is no actual piracy happening in the book, and okay, yeah there is adventure, but not the joyous quest you would expect. No, what this book is actually about is political machinations and conquests. In fact, this is about the events before an invasion, and it goes into quite a lot of detail about how they go about it, how they conquer - it is not just a simple process of sending over soldiers, but an insidious assimilation. So, the world-building is very important to the plot of the story, because that is where the root of the problems is - there are two continents - one in the East and one in the West and they don't know about the existence of the other because of a vast ocean, and due to the efforts of Terianna's people. They guard this secret with their lives AND afterlives, and since they belong to a religion on the Eastern continent, they take this duty very seriously. The Western continent has mostly been conquered by Celdaria, a Roman-inspired Empire, with legions of soldiers made from second sons given to the empire. Celdaria has a new Senator grasping at power, and he has turned his sights on the mythical Dark Shores, the Eastern continent. Marcus is blackmailed into going to the Eastern continent, but he is also doing it to get away from the reach of the Senator. Meanwhile, Ter has been coerced to lead his legion through the dangerous sea voyage, with her crew members/family's life in the balance. At the start and through much of the book, these two are enemies to each other, with cross purposes - she wants to prevent them reaching there because she doesn't want any other country falling under Celdarian rule; Marcus never wants to go back so he is very intent on making this new continent his new home. He also has had a hideous past, infamous for leading the invasion into Chersome which resulted in the genocide of its people. The plot doesn't try to justify his actions, or hers, as they both have to do things that would put the Eastern continents at risk to fall under Celdarian rule. Their relationship is also fraught with tension, considering their purposes, but also their obvious attraction to each other. Last of all, I want to comment on the world-building that this book excelled in. Usually in fantasy, conquests and invasions are a matter of battle and war and such, and while this book does have that, it also explores the various other ways such things can be achieved, like through political manipulations, cleverly made alliances, and sly utilization of existing conflicts. It was chilling how efficient Celdaria was in doing so, and while, like Ter, I had assumed the existence of divine magic in the East would give them an advantage, by the end of the book I, too, was convinced it looks more evenly matched now. Speaking of divine magic, the mythology is interesting but I am also interested in the motives of the gods - it is clear there is more than meets the eye when it comes to them. The book does leave a lot of questions unanswered - I could make a list - but I am guessing those are being kept as threads to continue into the next book, so I hope the mystery of those will be solved in that. Overall, it is a masterfully constructed fantasy, with a different approach to war and conquest, though it does con
AvidReaderREE More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced copy from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review. Now, to begin, I was excited for this novel and then all these other pirate themed novels seemed to be popping about...however, I was wonderfully incorrect, as this novel was quite good! I initially thought it was to be a stand-alone and then I saw the #1 and thought, 'ugh...will this be dragged out?' This novel was interesting and seemed a little slow in the beginning, hence my concerns of how this novel would unfold, and I was happily incorrect. We got into the story and went on an adventure and battles and the good and bad of wars. I do also appreciate writing characters and explaining the different reactions with PTSD. Many people these days seem to use it as a coin phrase without fulling understanding it, so I very much appreciate when authors seem to really understand and write it so well. Quite an enjoyable novel and I am excited to see what else the author has in story for us and these adventures!
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
DARK SHORES is an exciting beginning to this new fantasy series where one land learns that there is another side to their world they didn't even know existed and seeks to conquer it. Readers will easily relate to the two main characters as well as their motley crews, feel immersed in this fantasy world, and swoon with the romance. An overall entertaining read. I couldn't help but falling in love with Teriana and Marcus. They both were so very different with different roles to play, but were forced together in order to save those they love. They were well fleshed out and perfectly flawed. I also fell in love, along with Teriana, to the soldiers who became her friends. It was so easy to forget that they were her enemies. I really enjoyed the way the story progressed and the whole premise of this hidden world with real gods. It was quite fantastic! This story also pulled emotions from me during some parts. I liked the overall plot—it never felt dull or that it was overly dramatized (a pet peeve of mine), and kept me engaged from beginning to end. I can envision several different paths and outcomes in coming books and I'm hoping that things eventually go the way I want them to go. It doesn't hurt to hope. *crossing fingers* Now the things I didn't love... I would have liked more explanation in regards to Teriana and why who she is was so important. It's mentioned, but doesn't seem to really hold any meaning or influence the story.This read very much like an adult fantasy novel. I know that seems to be the trend. I would have loved for it to have been cleaner in the swearing and romance departments, especially as I thought the story ARC would have been fine with less. It's also fairly crude in places, although some of that I would expect among soldiers and sailors. In the end, was it what I wished for? This is definitely a page-turner with plenty of action, romance, and some complex characters. Recommended to fantasy fans. Content: Swearing (including a lot of s-words and one f-word), a fade-to-black love scene, references to gay relationships and prostitution, and violence. Source: I received a complimentary eARC from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.
TinaTome More than 1 year ago
3.75 Stars Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher/author for the ARC in exchange for a review. Pirates (yay!) that are women (Yay!) of color (YAY!) with LGBT+ representation (YAY!!!)! What’s not to like? Let me tell you: There’s not a whole lot of “pirating”. The beginning is a whole lot of exposition, albeit interesting and important exposition. And the rest is adventure-lite. The whole thing seems like a YA introduction to more adult trashy romance novels. There’s nothing wrong with trashy romance novels, it’s just not my thing. I'm really hoping future books have more swashbuckling and less unbuckling. The LGBYQ+ representation is within minor characters. It is there, and it’s not buried (something to like), but other than 2 openly gay soldiers, it’s something that’s glossed over: “A good portion of his men preferred the companionship of each other...” or something that’s implied: “Well, it wasn’t like she hadn’t suspected how deep (spoiler) feelings ran for his (spoiler)...” Star crossed lovers; the whole “I hate you, I love you, I hate myself because I love you” thing. It’s well done in this book, but it’s just… so… I don’t know. Maybe I’m just getting old and can’t appreciate that kind of “love” anymore. And a particular sticking point for me is ** **SPOILER** ** *********************** ( WHERE THE HELL IS LYDIA!?!?!?) What is there to like? Teriana is a tough chick. She sacrifices a lot to save her people. She’s condemned herself, gone against her faith and all she’s ever believed, and lost things that were most important to her in an effort to save her people. Marcus is plenty likable. He’s a typical tortured soul; a brooding emo boy trapped in the body of a Ken doll. He has faults, and weaknesses and is really made to feel like a person (and not just fodder for teenage fantasies). Referring back to my trashy romance intro statement, I will say there were more burning cheeks than burning loins. The romantic build up seems fast, but considering this all takes place over a significant amount of time, it’s not ridiculously quick. It’s not quite insta-love, so that’s a plus. The story itself is entertaining. I will absolutely be picking up the next one, if for no other reason than to resolve that sticking point mentioned earlier. I like this book a lot. It wasn’t quite what I expected, or what I was looking for when I started it, but I enjoyed my time with it.
TheBookCoverGirl More than 1 year ago
million years ago, back when I read more than four books a month and actually had time to post reviews, I read Danielle L. Jensen's debut novel, Stolen Songbird and really enjoyed it. So, I was pretty eager to try out this book and see where this sweeping, epic story about pirates and soldiers was going to take me. And where did it take me, you might wonder. Far. But also not far enough. First of all, let it be known that despite what the synopsis tries to tell you, this book is not in fact about pirates. In fact, the very word 'pirate' is used exactly once in this entire book. So, I accuse this synopsis of false advertising and getting my hopes up for a story that was very different from what this one turned out to be. That said, the story that we did get wasn't a bad story. I was still entertained. It was a quick, page-turner that made you want to keep reading. It's a book that according to Goodreads I had been "reading" for weeks. But in reality, I only actually read it in a few hours. It was quick and fluid and easy to read and I'm sure many of you will enjoy it. So, before you get too excited, allow me to point out some of its flaws. The pacing in this book is a bit off at times. Sometimes it's good. Like I said, it's fast and fun. Other times it drags and it feels like we're a ship without a sail, waiting and hoping for something to move us along. The world building had something missing to it. We get a good amount of info on the Celendorian, but nothing at all on the Dark Shores, despite the book's title. I wanted more details on these two worlds and the endless sea that separated them. The romance was also nice, but also not? At times I liked it. Other times I wanted it to step aside. This was true near the end of the novel in particular where it felt like the romance was the main focus for a bit. Also, just as a side note and general criticism on all YA, why do authors feel the need to cram complex enemies to lovers subplot onto us. I love that trope, but lately, it's gotten to the point where it feels forced. And if you plan for your books to be a series, why force them into love in book one? Why not drag it out and make it believable? Anyway, in the end, I liked this one. It was nice. It was enjoyable. But I didn't love it, no matter how I tried. And I did try. I couldn't fully dive into it. Maybe it was because I expected a pirate adventure and Teriana and her people are very clearly not pirates? Maybe I wanted more epic battles and a more fleshed out romance? Maybe I just didn't love it because it simply wasn't for me. Who knows. Hopefully, some of you do get to read it and do end up liking it. I'm certain that many will end up enjoying it because it really is a pretty decent book.
stemandsequins More than 1 year ago
Danielle Jensen is going on my "must read author" list. I loved the Bridge Kingdom so picked this up as soon as it was available. I devoured it all in one evening. I really liked the characters and Danielle has such a fun unique plot and world building. I can't wait for the next book!
Cortingbooks More than 1 year ago
Life is all about making the tough decisions... This book was like a mashup of Julius Caesar and Pirates of the Caribbean. A delightful ride full of action and adventure with morally grey characters. From the lovable Aunt Yedda who refused to let a little thing like blackmail ruin her sense of humor to the secretive Captain of the Thirty-Seventh Legion Legatus Marcus who gets the job done no matter what the costs. Dark Shores is a journey across worlds with magic and political intrigue. I’ll definitely be picking up the next book in this series. Thank you to the publisher for the review copy.
Timitra More than 1 year ago
Rated 4.5 Stars Dark Shores is my first book by this author and it won't be my last as I have every intention of devouring her backlist and the rest of this series. I loved this book. The world building is superb, rich and intriguing, I so can't wait to explore more of it. The characters are wonderfully flawed. The heroine is fierce but stumbles her way through a lot of it while the hero is an anti-hero with heroic tendencies. I loved his vulnerability and look forward to watching them both develop over the course of this series. I was originally drawn to this book because of the mention of pirates but there's so much more to it than that, there's politics, intrigue, betrayal, Gods, magic, a Roman like empire, romance (yes a romance which I'm so looking forward to watching grow under a less than conducive environment) and so much more. I highly recommend this book.
marongm8 More than 1 year ago
When looking at the cover and reading the description at first, I felt a slight hint of Little Mermaid but boy was I wrong. The storylines of Teriana and Marcus were so compelling and breathtaking that you could not help but read on. This was not your typical voyage of the sea adventure love story. Any book were the ultimate sacrifice has to be made to save the world always leaves me on the edge of my seat and you begin to wonder which route each character will take and when you find out in the end, it is a whirlwind of emotions. A great book to take you on an adventure of the sea and will leave you hungry for more! We will consider this title for our YFantasy collection in our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
S_White_1218 More than 1 year ago
Thanks so much to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!!! Wow, what a ride! I *loved* this book. I didn't expect to love it, but I did. I expected the romance to be typical YA, which it had hints of, but seemed to be a little more realistic in my opinion. I expected the characters to be all tropy, which for the most part, they weren't (and where they were, the author really tried to flip the tropes upside down). I expected the stakes to be lower in the first book, since we knew already that it was going to be a series. Nope, they were pretty high. Overall, I was impressed at how this book wowed me, because I just really didn't think I'd love it going in. I loved the main characters, but the secondary ones really won me over. The world was awesome - I loved the magic and the gods and the god-marked... I want more of that in the next books! One downside to loving this one so much? Now I have to wait forever for book two! *sighs heavily* Highly recommended. PS- While the main female character and her nation are labeled pirates, they're really just swashbuckling traders that sometimes trade contraband. They don't rape, pillage, steal, kill, etc. They do drink and gamble though. Just a heads up for those going in with the OMG PIRATE GIRL mindset so they don't get their hopes dashed.