Song of the Abyss: Tower of Winds, Book 2

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Bland, too-swift climax mars intriguing maritime fantasy.

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Educational Value

Song of the Abyss spotlights lessons in trust and perseverance and involves entities from classical mythology.

Positive Messages

An alternate history with a Mediterranean/Asian inflection, Song of the Abyss uses its mystery plot to explore issues of loyalty and perseverance.

Positive Role Models

The main female characters -- Reyna and Blaise -- are highly competent in their careers. Reyna is brave, compassionate, and resourceful, putting herself in danger to protect her companions. Blaise is trained in medicine and knows how to heal folks.


Violent scenes are few and far between and mostly bloodless. A villain chops off an underling's head. A character has his feet chopped off.


Reyna and Levi are obviously attracted to each other and flirt, but they have little time to explore their feelings.


"Bollocks" and "hell."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Song of the Abyss is the second volume in a fantasy trilogy by Makiia Lucier. It features a strong female protagonist employed as a Master Explorer. Violent scenes are infrequent and rather tame, although one minor character is beheaded. There's some flirting, and the rare strong language is limited to "bollocks" and "hell."

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Teen, 14 years old Written bymidnightblue275 September 28, 2020

What's the story?

As SONG OF THE ABYSS opens, young mapmaker Reyna is awakened by an attack on her ship in which nearly all of the crew have mysteriously disappeared. She escapes on her own, practically washing up at the feet of Prince Levi, neighboring royalty who has also lost friends and relatives to the unseen invaders. Determined to rescue their friends and loved ones, Reyna and crew set sail for dangerous waters.

Is it any good?

Sometimes a book's success comes down to its ending, and this charming maritime fantasy bobbles the climax. Reyna, Blaise, and Levi undergo a series of dangerous and interesting encounters, but when it comes to the final face-off, everything happens too swiftly and easily. Writer Makiia Lucier displays a sure hand with dialogue and action for most of the book, but it would have been better to conclude with more excitement. There will be further adventures, so here's hoping the next volume doesn't disappoint.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Song of the Abyss portrays strong young women in a fantasy setting. Why do some cultures allow women more autonomy than others?

  • Reyna finds herself in many dangerous situations by rarely resorts to violence. Is violence usually the best way to effect change?

  • How do rulers learn to lead? Why is Levi successful in his capacity as a prince and a ship captain?

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