The Master of Tides (Book Review)

Written by Michelle Watson

May 15, 2024

You’ll love it if
you want to read a hidden gem by an author with a Christian worldview

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The Master of Tides

By Jamin Still

Plot & Pacing
Writing Craft
Moral Value

An unlikely crew of young people must save the land from an evil sorcerer

The setting for this story is really refreshing. I haven’t read anything with quite this mix. Here, in the first book in the series, we start in a seaside industrial town. Then, we’re on the road with a circus. Then, we’re in a dark, fantastical wood. Then the open sea. It’s not typical medieval times in Hibaria.

I enjoyed Cora as a heroine, but I think I liked Will more. He was much spunkier, and Victoria was a tortured soul. But Cora makes sense as the protagonist because she has the most growing to do.

I know that authors sometimes fear dumping too much worldbuilding on the reader, but, because Hibaria has such a unique mythos, I kept forgetting certain aspects that popped up later, such as the role of the constellations and Augrind’s backstory.

Even though this is the first book in the series, and it ends with setup for the next book, there was good closure here. No cliffhangers, just a few twists.

I think that kids around 12 and up would enjoy this, and the morals are sterling.


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