After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.
Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother’s prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.
I requested The Perilous Sea without first reading The Burning Sky. I do this more than I would like to admit and it almost never works out for me. The Burning Sky was only okaaaay for me, though I found I was only making myself finish it because it was a book I purchased (kindle daily deal some months ago).
The Perilous Sea continues right along with everything that I had a problem with in The Burning Sky: shoddy world building, overly ambitious, and I just didn’t care about what happens to the characters. At least in The Perilous Sea, Titus is not everything that’s wrong with schools these days. In The Burning Sky he was so entranced by Iolanthe’s legs that he couldn’t think (girls can’t wear shorts because it distracts boys), he does some creepy things in the Crucible (actually, this probably continues in The Perilous Sea), and I was actively rooting AGAINST the two of them to get together.
In The Perilous Sea, we’re suddenly in his-n-hers AND past-n-present perspectives. The past and present back and forth did not work for me AT ALL, and I think it might be the lack of memories + magic that has still never been explained.
I read to 37%. I probably could have kept going, but the level of boredom verged on “suffering through it” – and that’s how I know it’s time to give up.