Book Reviews, YA book reviews

These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders #1( by Sara Raasch


My Rating ~ Three and a half stars

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RELEASED: 7 August 2018

Publisher: Balzer  & Bray

Format: Hardback

Pages: 480


Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.




These Rebel Waves is told from three points of view – Lu (the girl who was a childhood spy in the revolution), Vex (a criminal raider) and Ben (the Argrid king’s son).  The magical system revolves around botanical plants, which have been outlawed, with those caught using or selling them burned to appease the “Pious God”.  Lu’s parents are council members of Grace Loray.  When a diplomat is abducted, she suspects he has faked his disappears and decides finding him will help bring peace back to the council.  She also decides Vex will be able to help her.

Ben watched his father order his uncle and cousin’s deaths for dealing in botanical magic.  When his father asks him to create a cure for a disease ravaging their country, by using magic, he’s sure it’s a trick.  But he’s also determined to find the cure and find out what’s going on.

I’m finding it hard to write a comprehensive review because I very nearly gave up on this book.  For almost 300 pages I was bored, confused and I just did not care about any of the characters.  I kept forgetting which people belonged to which country and what each country represented.  I was expecting a piratey book, but it is in no way a book about pirates.  It is a book about politics.  One of my least favourite subjects.  However, the last third of the book was fantastic.  Things came together, revelations were made, twists were thrown in.  By the end of the book I was really looking forward to the next book.  I just wished it hadn’t taken SO long to get there!



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