So let me start by saying that pirates are not usually my thing and I did not know what to expect when I picked up this book.
However, Dowling did an amazing job at creating a world filled with colorful characters that held your attention and left you wanting more. Before I was done with the first chapter, I was already suckered in and I knew that there was no way I was going to be able to put the book down.
The Changing Tide is told from multiple perspectives, but completely in the third person. However, I was able to tell who was speaking because on the “voice” in my head as I was reading. I never had to go back and double check who was telling the story because each character was distinct and interesting. This is something that I have found to be very hard for authors to do successfully, but Dowling did!
Dowling has a very interesting writing style that I have never read before and I am looking forward to reading more from her. This book has a sequel already out and I know that Dowling is already working on a third one. I do not know if the series will end with the third one or continue, but I am in love with this world and cannot wait to start the sequel.
This book starts with a letter and a prologue, which was a little confusion at first, but as I pushed through it, I started to understand more and more what was happening. Now looking back at that letter and scene, it makes me question everything that I thought I knew while I was reading the book. It makes me want to read the next one even more!
Emerala the Rogue is a very interesting main character, and from the first chapter, I knew I was going to like her. The fact that her name is the Rogue proves my point for me. She was willing to do what needed to be done and for that I admire her. Dowling wrote a very lovable, but strong character. There are still missing pieces of the puzzle that is Emerala, but once again that just makes me want to read the next book.
Chaney is such an interesting place to escape to. It is so realistic, but still has that touch of fantasy that I love. Pirates and Gypsies! While I hate some of the characters already, it just makes the world even better!
The only downside to this book was that at times the timeline between characters was a little confusion when it first switched. However, within just a few paragraphs, the timeline normally got straightened out.
I really loved this book and I think that Dowling is an amazing author. I am excited to continue reading her work!
I give this novel 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to everyone and their brother!