The Sea King (Weathermages of Mystral Series #2)

The Sea King (Weathermages of Mystral Series #2)

by C. L. Wilson

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The Sea King (Weathermages of Mystral Series #2) by C. L. Wilson

A 2017 RT Reviewer's Choice Nominee for Best Fantasy Romance!

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Winter King comes a breathtaking new tale of love and adventure set in the mystical land of Mystral

He wasn’t supposed to choose her…

Seafaring prince Dilys Merimydion has been invited to court the three magical princesses of Summerlea. To eradicate the pirates threatening Calberna and to secure the power of the Sea Throne, Dilys vows to return home with a fierce warrior-queen as his bride. But politics has nothing to do with unexpected temptation.

She didn't dare wed him...

A weathermage like her sisters, Gabriella Coruscate’s gentleness exemplifies the qualities of her season name, Summer. Yet her quiet poise conceals dangerous powers she cannot begin to wield. Better to live without excitement, she reasons, than risk her heart and lose control—until an irresistible Sealord jolts her awake with a thunderclap of raw desire.

Until evil threatens everything they hold dear…

When pirates kidnap Summer and her sisters, Dilys begins a desperate quest to save the woman he loves. Only by combining his command of the seas with the unleashed fury of Summer’s formidable gifts can they defeat their brutal enemies and claim the most priceless victory of all: true love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062198112
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Series: Weathermages of Mystral Series , #2
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 30,171
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

C. L. Wilson wrote her first story at age six, and though she took a number of long detours during her life, she never gave up her lifelong dream of being published. Many years, hundreds of false starts, and five completed novels later, she received "The Call" in October 2006 and sold her epic fantasy romance, Tairen Soul, at auction. Her debut novel spent two weeks on the USA Today bestseller list, and her subsequent novels have gone on to hit a variety of lists, including USA Today, New York Times, and Publishers Weekly. When not writing, C. L. enjoys relaxing with her husband and three children in sunny Florida and daydreaming of a world where people exercise in their sleep and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is a fat-burning food.

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The Sea King 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing! I couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next book.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
The Sea King is another magnificent epic romantic fantasy by the fantastically talented C.L. Wilson. Seriously, The Sea King is over 600 pages and I didn’t want to sleep or eat until I’d read every single word. I loved the compelling characters, the vivid imagery, the stunning settings, the on-pointe pacing, the fantastic plot… I loved it all! The book is a page turner from the first word to the last. By the way, The Sea King can easily be enjoyed as a standalone read, if that is your preference. That said, the first book, The Winter King, is beyond fantastic too. Fans of the series will be thrilled to know that the main characters from the first book make appearances in this one – so we are bonused updates on them! This is the story of Prince Dilys Merimydion, Sealord of Calberna, son of the Calbernan Myerial, Alysaldria I, and Princess Gabriella Coruscate of Summerlea aka Summer. I’m not going to go into the tale at all other than to say you need to read it. It’s hands down the best book I’ve read all year. The characters and their respective backgrounds are engrossing. In Dilys culture, the men are taught the art of seduction from a young age. Ooh la la! They treasure their women and can’t live without them. Dilys has arrived in Summerlea to claim one of its remaining Princesses as his bride. He’s been previously steered to select one of Gabriella’s powerful sisters – either Spring or Autumn - as his kingdom needs a magically powerful ruler. However, Dilys soul gravitates to Summer. But, Summer appears to be the least potent Princess and will have nothing to do with him. The truth is that she fears losing herself if the extent of her powers becomes known and, when she is around Dilys, she loses control. Dilys must turn on his every magnetic wile to convince her otherwise. I’m a huge fan of C.L. Wilson’s works. It’s been three long years since the first installment in this series – but, OMG, The Sea King makes the long wait worthwhile. I actually first discovered her books with The Winter King, and, from there, jumped into her Tairen Soul series. Every one of her books has been 5-star reads for me. I’ve already re-read some passages from it – just because - and plan to re-read both books in this series again soon. It’s astounding, powerful, poignant, steamy, heartbreaking and breath-taking. It’s the epitome of an escape read as it sweeps you away into wondrous worlds in a great adventure. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger – but, not one that will keep you up nights. The ending will intensify your hunger for the next installment. If you are a fan of magical epic romantic fantasies, The Sea King should unequivocally be on your list of books to get lost in soon! My full review is published at Reading Between the Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all this authors work. But I felt this book lacked something and didn't sweep me up the way winter King did. I got sick of Summer being so hung up on letting herself love.i also feel that there should have been a part that has summer letting her sister and wynter know she was alive and to see them
Bambi_Unbridled More than 1 year ago
It's no secret that I totally fangirl over C.L. Wilson, so a new release from her is one of the highlights of my year. Unfortunately this book came up on my reading calendar as I was in the midst of a move across country, so I couldn't savor it quite like I wanted to. Nevertheless, it was still a yummy treat to sit down with when I got tired of the relentless packing and unpacking. Now, it's been quite a while since I read The Winter King, so I couldn't quite remember what happened in that book. So I was glad there were a few reminders dropped throughout the story to jog my memory. I do recommend that you read the series in order as there is some world-building in the first book that introduces Mystral and the general weathermage powers that you will want to know. Plus, The Winter King was an awesome read! In this second installment, our hero is Dylis Merimydion, sealord prince of Calberna. After aiding Wynter and Khamsin to defeat the Ice King in the last book, Dylis has been promised the opportunity to come to Wintercraig and court Khamsin's sisters, known as the Seasons of Summerlea. After many years of fighting, Dylis is looking forward to nothing more than finding his liana and starting his family. He was such a great hero. I loved the imagery that C.L. Wilson painted with Dylis' hair, tattoos and attire. So I had a great picture of him in my mind (and that image may have looked a bit like Jason Momoa). But he was also a genuinely good and caring guy, loyal to his mother but wanting to give everything to his future wife. Dylis also had the patience of a saint (which he needed with our heroine), and an awesome sense of humor. It seems the books in this series will be following the Coruscate sisters, and the Season up for this installment was Gabriella Coruscate, also known as Summer. Summer has been known her entire life as the meek and mild Season, less powerful than her sisters, but beloved by all people who meet her. But we quickly learn that people only see what Summer wants them to see, and she is running scared of feeling anything too strongly. Summer was a reluctant heroine, which is definitely not my favored type of heroine. And she was extremely reluctant for the majority of the book, so sometimes I felt like I wanted to shake some sense into her. I understood her reasons, but they really didn't hold water when compared to the awesomeness that was Dylis. I did like the plot conflict for this story, although I didn't expect it to take such a dark turn when it happened. When push came to shove, Gabriella somewhat redeemed herself for being a reluctant heroine by not being a damsel. I was impressed by her ability to maintain her composure and not fall to pieces in the face of adversity. One of my favorite things about this series is the magic. Wilson puts a lot into her world building and character development, and I enjoy the various magical qualities that our characters possess. When you add that to the fantastical setting for the story, you can't helped but to be sucked in and captivated from the first page to the last. I do wish I could have spent more time with the story, so I think I'm going to do a series re-read in audio soon. It may help me unpack a little faster. ;) I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher, Avon.
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
Well, I'm blaming Aquaman (Jason Momoa) for tempting me to try this genre, my fellow romance book loving friends. lol Unfortunately, this book was a big disappointment. I honestly don't understand what this author was thinking by including the implied sexual assault of two of the sisters and the graphic one which befell the heroine, all by the same evil villain. It simply wasn't necessary, in my opinion, whatsoever. And to think I thought the stubborn/stupid behavior of the heroine and the author taking entirely too long to tell this tale was enough to give this book a low rating. I'm being generous with a two star, folks. (These comments are based on a library edition. This is not an ARC review.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Can hardly wait for the next. As always a wonderful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite authors. Never disappoints.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all of her books, she has her own distinct style. I don't need to tell u the rest read the. You will feel better when u do but u will want the other stories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book it had me crying and had me laughing it had me in constant suspense it is awesome I can't wait for the next book.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Sea King by C.L. Wilson Book Two of the Weathermages of Mystral series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: October 31, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): From the New York Times bestselling author of The Winter King comes a breathtaking new tale of love and adventure set in the mystical land of Mystral... He wasn't supposed to choose her... Seafaring prince Dilys Merimydion has been invited to court the three magical princesses of Summerlea. To eradicate the pirates threatening Calberna and to secure the power of the Sea Throne, Dilys vows to return home with a fierce warrior-queen as his bride. But politics has nothing to do with unexpected temptation. She didn't dare wed him... A weathermage like her sisters, Gabriella Coruscate's gentleness exemplifies the qualities of her season name, Summer. Yet her quiet poise conceals dangerous powers she cannot begin to wield. Better to live without excitement, she reasons, than risk her heart and lose control— until an irresistible Sealord jolts her awake with a thunderclap of raw desire. Until evil threatens everything they hold dear... When pirates kidnap Summer and her sisters, Dilys is in a desperate quest to save the woman he loves. Only by combining his command of the seas with the unleashed fury of Summer's formidable gifts can they defeat their brutal enemies and claim the most priceless victory of all: true love. What I Liked: It is no secret that over three years ago, I fell in love with The Winter King and have been eagerly awaiting The Sea King ever since. Dilys Merimydion was one of my favorite secondary characters of The Winter King, even if he only appeared at the climax of the book. He played a very important role in the survival of Wynter and Khamsin, and that is how he ended up in Konumarr, courting the Seasons (sisters of Khamsin). Even though I still loved The Winter King more, The Sea King was well worth the wait. Princess Summer Coruscate has always been regarded as the timid Season of Summerlea, whose weathergifts are not so powerful. But the truth is, she has spent her entire lifetime suppressing her power, because it is too powerful. To protect everyone she loves, she makes sure that she always appears calm and serene... and significantly less powerful than her sisters. But this seems to change when Dilys Merimydion, notorious Sealord and Prince of Calberna, comes to Konumarr to court the seasons and hopefully take one back to Calberna as his bride. He is powerful, potently male, and enticing, and he doesn't seem to drawn to Autumn and Spring like he is to Summer. It is hard not to fall in love with him. Summer doesn't want to marry anyone, but she knows in her heart that Dilys is a good man. When disaster strikes and leaves everyone in an uproar, Dilys and Summer's growing bond will be tested as they fight for their lives, and for each other. I knew I would love Dilys, given how much I adored him in The Winter King, but I don't think I was prepared for how much I would love him. He is wickedly charming and enticing, with alpha male qualities that are attractive and not overbearing. He is sweet and considerate, and like all Calbernans, he is solely interested in the happiness and satisfaction of his future mate. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The continued story of the Weather Mages is a wonderful must read. Enjoy...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This sequel definetly did not disappoint. Adventure, magic, passion and a beautiful story line. Please, Please do not make us wait this long for Autumn and Spring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all things CL Wilson including The Sea King!
KattCollins More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 stars! This is the second book in The Weathermages of Mystral series, by. C.L. Wilson. The Weathermages are four royal sisters - the three "Seasons" known as Spring, Summer, and Autumn, and Khamsin, the youngest sister whose tale was told in The Winter King. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Winter King, and have been eagerly anticipating reading The Sea King, which begins months after The Winter King concludes. The Sea King is the tale of Summer and Dilys, a Prince of Calberna, a magical, matriarchal island nation. Most native Calbernans are male, and Dilys and his men have earned the right to woo brides among the Summerfolk and Winterfolk. Dilys, as Prince of Calberna, has earned the right to woo the three Seasons, in hopes that he may win the hand of one of the Princesses, who he would bring home to Calberna as his future Queen. Each of the sisters has secrets and abilities that begin to unfold as we get to know them. Summer, the quietest "milked-toast" sister, hides tremendous depths of emotion and power which Dilys threatens to expose. The chemistry between Dilys and Summer, who runs from him at every opportunity, is intense and irresistible. Dilys is too perfect for Summer to accept and trust, while Summer is damaged and vulnerable. But Dilys soon realizes that she is his destiny, and sets out to win her trust, and her heart. The writing is incredibly descriptive, poetic and romantic. The images and world-building are colorful and intriguing. The heroes and heroines are universally beautiful - and of all nations, and all colors, with universal strengths and vulnerabilities which render them human. The reason I did not give a full 5 stars is basically two-fold. First (and I can't believe I'm saying this), the characters are too perfect. I love fairy-tale romances and happily-ever-afters, but none of the main characters have any physical imperfections. They are all exceptionally beautiful, handsome, powerful, royal, wealthy, wise, considerate, loving, strong, passionate, charitable, and generous. The villains, on the other hand, are just plain evil, cruel, sadistic sociopaths. There are the good guys and evil monsters, not much in between. The second issue is that with the lovely attention to detail, the story at times became too slow. I read the book twice before I sat down to review it. I would read it again tomorrow! But my first impression was that the story slowed to a crawl during Dilys' courtship of Summer, with pages of detailed descriptions of his perfect gifts, and questions as to how he miraculously produced them. I wanted to shake Summer because I was getting impatient. I was tempted to skip ahead to see what happened next, but persevered. The second time through, I actually enjoyed those descriptive passages because Dilys had won MY heart, and I approved of his resourcefulness. The Sea King is a lovely fantasy romance with main and secondary characters you will want to revisit again. For pure escapism and fantasy romance, C. L. Wilson has been, and remains, among the very very best of the genre, and I look forward to reading whatever words she sets to paper (or eInk). I received an ARC in return for an honest review.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
The Sea King by C.L. Wilson is the 2nd book in her Weathermages of Mystral series. I have been waiting anxiously for this book, as I loved The Winter King. Once again, C.L Wilson gives us a fantastic adventure, filled with amazing characters throughout. In The Sea King, Dilys Merimydion, our hero, is the prince of Calberna, where his mother the Queen has informed him that it is time for him to take a wife. Despite the council trying to make him wait years for a young girl to growup, the Queen overrules and Dilys, with his warriors heads for lands of the Ice King (Wynter, our previous book hero), to court one of the three magical princesses of Summerlea (Summer, Spring & Autumn). Right from the start, Dilys can feel an attraction to Summer, who does everything to push him away. Dilys does not understand, and after much frustration, he decides to try to court one of the other two princesses. Gabriella Coruscate (Summer) has had a secret all her life. She has powers so strong and terrifying, which she has been able to control it, but at times when she has had to use it to protect herself, and is horrified at the results. She is determined to not fall in love or get married; as it is too dangerous for anyone to accidently get hurt from her tremendous powers. She realizes in a short time, that Dilys is indeed her mate, and she fights with all her being to her feelings and force him to court either Spring or Autumn. Dilys is also worried about the attacks on his people from an unknown pirate named Shark, who is threatening those he loves back home. After a bit, he does befriend both Spring and Autumn and they will both help him try to court the woman who calls to his heart, Gabriella. This is where I need to point out some mixed feelings. In the first half of the book, I was not a fan of Summer, as she was mean and nasty to Dilys. I understand her fears, but he was so patient, so sweet and desperately trying to help her. But she was extremely stubborn, and even when she finally admits her feelings to him, she refuses to marry him. Very frustrating. That will change later. When Dilys leaves for a few days to go with his men to help on an attack against one of his ships, all three of princesses are kidnapped. At this point, the story becomes centered on the pirate ship and Dilys attempt to find them. This was very exciting, and at the same time a bit depressing. The adventure was so well done by Wilson, and I am amazed how she was able to put all the pieces together. Keep in mind that this is not a short book, and most fantasy books are big. My other mixed feeling was how the princesses were treated by the pirate, especially Summer, whom we spent most of the time with. But unfortunately, in Fantasy we come to expect this. As I said, that part was depressing. When Dilys finally rescues Summer, things will change for all of them. The hunt is on to find the pirate, and the two remaining sisters. Summer is vengeful, which causes her powers to rise. Dilys will see why Summer is afraid to love and marry him, but he will prove to her that together she can control her powers. What follows is an exciting pulse pounding journey of survival, betrayal & battles against terrible villains in a fight to the finish in a wild mind boggling race to save them all. There were so many twists and surprises along the way that had us on the edge of our seat afraid to miss anything. I loved Dilys throughout the whole book, and thankfully b