The editing front has been quiet as of late, so I’ve had the immense pleasure of reading whatever I want for the past few months. The latest book on my reading list was Sachael Desires, the second book in the Mine Series by wonderful Melody Winter.
My carry-over desire from the first book was to visit Saicean – the dwelling place of Azariah and the other Sachaels – right away. Yes, I wanted Estelle to escape from The Sect. Yes, I wanted her and Azariah to reunite. Yes, I wanted to give Orontes a big old punch in the face (figurative or literal – I’m not picky). Even though all those things happened at the end of Sachael Dreams, Sachael Desires picks up just hours afterward. Estelle, having been kept on land during the last full moon, has lost her Sachael abilities for the month, and must wait to regain them at the next full moon. So like her, we must wait to see Saicean.
But the wait wasn’t spent in vain. The world of the Sachaels and their apparent war with the Oceanids – another race of sea-dwellers – starts to reveal more of its secrets . . . and misconceptions. These revelations test the relationships between Azariah (whose world view begins to crumble before his eyes), Estelle (who fears what will happen when she arrives in Saicean), and fellow-Sect-escapee Michael (who begins to come to terms with his new identity) as they spend the days leading up to the full moon, unsure of who to trust as they hide out in the Orkneys from Orontes and The Sect.
Shortly after Estelle regains her abilities, Azariah is captured by Orontes. Desperate to save him, she pushes past her fear and calls upon the help of other Sachaels (namely Chanon – which let me take this time to declare my support for Team Chanon, wait ’til you meet him!!) to take her to Saicean. Estelle truly starts to come into her own as she becomes more Sachael-like, but her compassion and love for Azariah make her a unique force to reckon with against Sachael and Oceanid alike. And Saicean – I won’t get into any details, but visiting this world did not disappoint, and I look forward to exploring it further in the rest of the series.
I basically burned through Sachael Desires this week – taking every opportunity to find out what was going to happen next. No lunch break or cardio workout was safe, though I made the mistake of reading it at the gym the day I got to a rather steamy* love scene. While beautifully written, I spent a majority of that time sheepishly looking over my shoulder at all the other elliptical users, praying they’d keep watching their TVs and not gaze over curiously at my tablet.
Regardless! I enjoyed reading this, and will be looking forward to Sachael Delusions to see what the future holds for Estelle.
*I lied. It was super steamy.
About Sachael Desires:
During her ordeal with the Sect, Estelle Bailey dreamt of escaping back into the arms of the sea—and Azariah. But freedom came at a price, and though she’s back with the Sachael who’s stolen her heart, she’s also land-bound until the next full moon. And with the threat of Orontes looming ever larger behind them, Azariah, Estelle, and Michael—her once-captor turned rescuer and friend—are on the run.
Following Michael’s lead, they seek sanctuary amidst the natural beauty of the Orkney and Shetland Islands until Estelle can complete her next submergence ritual and Azariah can whisk her away to the safety of Saicean.
Secrets, betrayals, and old enemies await them, though, and as events spiral out of control, Azariah makes a decision that puts all their lives at risk, forcing Estelle to face a journey she never wanted to take. With time running out and tempers running high, her only hope to save the man she loves lies in a reconciliation between two kingdoms who despise each other.
Book Two in the Mine Series, Sachael Desires further expands on the intricate underwater world of the Sachaels, and the hostility and isolation of not belonging.
About Melody Winter:
Growing up, Melody Winter showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write far too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but eventually ended up working in Finance. Melody is convinced the methodical time she spends working with numbers fuels her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.
Melody Winter lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or preparing for another trip to the beach. With an obsession for anything mythical, Melody revels in reading and writing about such creatures. In fact, if she wasn’t such a terrible swimmer, she’d say she was a mermaid.
Sachael Desires is her second book in the New Adult Romantic Fantasy series – the ‘Mine Series’.