Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Beyond the Shore and Shadows (Lena #2) by Chantal Gadoury – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four and a half Stars

RELEASE DATE:  11 May 2021

Format: E-ARC

Publisher: The Parliament House Press

Please note, this is book 2 in the series. The blurb and my review may contain spoilers for book 1, Between the Sea and Stars.  You can find my review for book 1 here


The Merrow Who Angered Poseidon
The Man Who Loves Her
And an Evil that could destroy them both
The Sea Is Calling. . .

Lena—who was born as a merrow but walks as a human—is now in possession of the Magiske Skal: the shell once owned by the queen of the merrows. With its power comes untold danger, and should it fall into the wrong hands, the Fosse-Søfolk will face an evil they cannot overcome. Lord Jarl knows what Lena has, and he wants it for himself.

After running away from the Lundby-Wyatt Inn, leaving behind everything she was familiar with, Lena finds herself in the company of the warm and kind Soren Emil.
When the villagers turn against her and Soren, they’re forced to leave the burning Bror Boghandel behind and escape to a forgotten cottage on the edge of the shore, where no one will find them. Lena knows she must get the shell back to the sea and destroy it, before it falls into the hands of Lord Jarl—or worse, his possessive apprentice, Jace Wyatt.

With the help of some unruly pirates, Lena and Soren journey to the sea, where Lena thought she’d never return. There, she will have to face not only the Sea King’s army, the Fosse-Søfolk, but the impossible choice to sacrifice her own life, or the life of the man she loves to keep the Magiske Skal from the evil that craves it.

What will Lena choose? Who will win the struggle for power?



Thank you to Parliament House Books for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

After the events at the end of the first book, Lena is hiding out with Soren, in possession of the Magiske Skal. Unable to trust the rest of the village, who seem to be quick to believe anything Lord Jarl says, and afraid to fall back into the clutches of Jace, Lena knows there is no choice but to destroy the shell before Lord Jarl gets his hands on it.

But When Lena and Soren set out on the journey to get rid of the shell, Lena learns what must be done to destroy it….and it’s something she’d could never do.

I loved Between the Sea and Stars and Beyond the Shore and Shadows was a brilliant sequel! Lena felt more mature this time and not such a pushover as in the first book. Chantal is an expert at creating that dark, atmospheric fairytale vibe.

There was a fair amount of romance involved in this one and I’m not a big fan of romance in books, but the rest of the story was so engaging I didn’t mind. For romance lovers, the tenderness between Lena and Soren will be right up your alley though!

If you love dark fairytale retellings, you definitely need to pick this series up.


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