Title: Ocean’s Fire
Author: Stacey Tucker
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Shelves: Female-fronted, Female-authored
A story of, about, and by feminine power, Ocean’s Fire is an interesting mix of themes, genres, and stories. It consists of equal parts urban fantasy, science fiction, young romance, family drama, and political thriller, blending science and spiritualism in a story that sometimes seems to have too much going on, and yet Stacey Tucker balances it all deftly.
The primary appeal here is two-fold. First is the female-fronted mythology, which offers an explanation for how and why the world was forced away from Goddess worship by the patriarchy. Second us the female-fronted narrative, with characters who live and breathe in the reader’s imagination. I found myself invested in Skylar’s story from the very start, wanting things to work out for her, caring about her struggle and her pain, no matter how preposterous events around her some
Ocean’s Fire opens with a death, a plan for resurrection, and revelations about reincarnation. The old clichés of the right people being in the right place at the right time, of star-crossed lovers meant to meet again, is validated by acknowledging the mystical forces behind such events. Tucker teases out the deeper significance of everything, building to a supernatural climax that bears little resemblance to the familial drama of the opening, but never denies that magic is happening.
In fact, if I were to have one minor quibble with the story, it’s that Skylar herself is too open, too honest about that magic. She divulges too much to complete strangers, trusting them with her secrets, and even handing over the Book of Akasha – her family legacy and her life’s ongoing chronicle – without question. In the one instance where that openness could have served her, saved her a lot of grief, she holds back on the truth and risk destroying a romance that seemed destined to be.
I’ll admit, the second half of the book came as a bit of a shock, with revelations about a rock star lover, a politician’s wife, and a certain helpful woman almost straining the bounds of disbelief, but it’s all in keeping with the overall theme of preserving or restoring feminine power, and it’s all part of exploring the deeper aspects of the urban fantasy mythology. So long as Alchemy’s Air doesn’t pull back from that, I suspect this is a series where the second book may be even better than the first.
Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ 1/2
My sincere thanks to Sherri Rosen Publicity Intl NYC for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.