The Sea King by C.L. Wilson

The Sea King

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Winter King comes a breathtaking new tale of love and adventure set in the mystical land of Mystral...He wasn't supposed to choose her...Seafaring prince Dilys Merimydion has been invited to court the three magical princesses of Summerlea. To eradicate the pirates threatening Calberna and to secure the power of the Sea Thro...

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The Sea King Reviews

  • Lover of Romance

    This review was originally posted on

    I was so thrilled when I was granted a copy of this book through Avon, I just wanted to jump right into it and I did and man I couldn't put it down, and this book is 600 PAGES!! Yes I read all that in one sitting and I just couldn't put this one down, not once. C.L. Wilson is just the type of author that pulls me instantly into a book and I can't get out of it until I am finished, and now I am feeling a bit of a book hangover because it was

    This review was originally posted on

    I was so thrilled when I was granted a copy of this book through Avon, I just wanted to jump right into it and I did and man I couldn't put it down, and this book is 600 PAGES!! Yes I read all that in one sitting and I just couldn't put this one down, not once. C.L. Wilson is just the type of author that pulls me instantly into a book and I can't get out of it until I am finished, and now I am feeling a bit of a book hangover because it was so dang good. I just want to re read it, just to be able to relive this most poignant and powerful romance. The 

    is one of the most powerful and stimulating reads I have read in a long time. Probably ever since I first discovered this author with her first fantasy series.

    Our story starts off with our hero, Dilys Merimydion, who is the prince of Calberna and he has spent much of his life to dedication and providing for his people. He is trained and is a leader and one of the most powerful of his kind. Now it is time for him to find the one, his future mate, wife, lover and future mother of his children, to start a family of his own. He along with other worthy Calberna males have been invited to Summerlea to court the women there, and Dilys will have the special honor of courting the three magical princess: Autumn, Spring and Summer. All reported to be lovely, but his people would prefer he go with Autumn or Spring. They admire strong women, and his mate will be the queen of Calberna, and the one princess they don't feel is right is Summer, who is rumored to be reserved but kind and caring and gentle. Our heroine Summer, knows that she must keep up the pretense that she is shy and gentle because she gained the power and abilties of both her parents. Powers that could endanger every life she knows and loves if it doesn't stay contained. Her own father went mad over the power and she is feeling herself going that way. She needs to stay safe and lone forever, she will never be able to have a man to love or to have children and it has created a emptiness inside her.  When Prince Dilys arrives to Summerlea, she planned on staying away, but she is drawn to him and there is a powerful soul connection. But Summer believes that she can never have love with a man, because it would only drive her to madness.

    So she does something that can't be forgotten, a way for Dilys to foget about her. But Dilys, is a man that was raised to court slowly and carefully. Summer may not have been his first choice, but he knows that there is a hidden fire within her, a fire that connects her soul to his. He knows that she won't be easy, and that her love will be hard fought for but well worth it. But there is a enemy, that is determined to take away his mate from him and her sisters, and he will have to use all powers of the sea to find her and defeat his enemies once and for all and claim Summer as his forever...

    Yep this book was astounding, amazing, breathtaking, heartbreaking, endearing, poignant and I guarantee it will take your breath away. This is a book that holds no prisoners....its a story that will literally make this magical world come to life. I was completely swept away by the magic of this story, and the way that it unfolded was simply beyond perfection. I couldn't have asked for a better book in

    I don't think that there isn't anything I didn't love about this book. Let me talk about the characters a bit. Our heroine is full of dynamic qualities. She does have a sweet nature at times, children love and adore her. She teaches them, and she is loyal and everyone loves her.  But she is also powerful, strong willed and kicks ass when she lets that power free. She is also one of a kind. The first of sirens in hundreds of years. What I liked about her character was seeing that there are different sides to her personality that we see. She can be as calm or as storm as the seas. Then we have our delicious hero, Dilys. Now I will say this is a hero that I would want for my own. He does have some alpha male qualities but I would say he is a mix between Alpha and a Beta. Because he respects and admires women, he wants to see them safe and protected but also views them as his equals. He values their talents and abiltiies. We get to see deeper depths of his people, and boy I loved the way that they view women. They admire strong women above all, and encourage it even. They like them to be fighter and spirited. Once Dilys learns about who Summer really is and what she is, he only encourages her to be fully who she was born to be and to embrace her gifts. He wants to lift her up, and even though he is a protector, he wants a partner in life. And boy did I love that in this book. It was so refreshing to see a man that viewed women like this.

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    moa kiri

    Their romance is powerful and hot, I will see they have some powerful and intense chemistry. But their relationship is slow building at times. Even though they could make a volcano erupt with their desire, you see that Dilys wants more than just good sex with Summer. He wants to love Summer and for Summer to love him, and slowly courts her and he definitely knows how to do it so well. Summer is quite stubborn, but Dilys is beyond patient and understanding. Their romance is endearing and tender at times yet could be wild and intense at times too. There were many dynamics of their relationship that makes the reader want more from this couple.

    The other characters in this story were simply fantastic as well, I loved the relationship that we see between the sisters. I loved their unity and closeness, how well they know each other and their teasing and bantering that brings a smile to your face. We do have some scary villains in this book, and I will need to warn you that their actions aren't for the faint of heart. And in some ways the author leaves us with a bit of a cliffhanger to the plot line here a bit. But not to the main couple....they find their happy ever after and bring some of the villains to justice.

    Overall

    is a love story that will make you ponder, that gives you hidden depths of emotion, that touches your soul, it breathes joy and laughter into your heart and gives a passionate and adventure that will burn into your memory....A MAGICAL JEWEL OF THE SEA

  • Alyssa

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    The Sea King by C.L. Wilson

    Book Two of the Weathermages of Mystral series

    Publisher: Avon

    Publication Date: October 31, 2017

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: eARC from Edelweiss

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Winter King comes a breathtaking new tale of love and adventure set in the mystical land of Mystral...

    He wasn't supposed to choose her...

    Seafaring prince Dilys Merimydion has been invited to court the three magical

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    The Sea King by C.L. Wilson

    Book Two of the Weathermages of Mystral series

    Publisher: Avon

    Publication Date: October 31, 2017

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: eARC from Edelweiss

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Winter King comes a breathtaking new tale of love and adventure set in the mystical land of Mystral...

    He wasn't supposed to choose her...

    Seafaring prince Dilys Merimydion has been invited to court the three magical princesses of Summerlea. To eradicate the pirates threatening Calberna and to secure the power of the Sea Throne, Dilys vows to return home with a fierce warrior-queen as his bride. But politics has nothing to do with unexpected temptation.

    She didn't dare wed him...

    A weathermage like her sisters, Gabriella Coruscate's gentleness exemplifies the qualities of her season name, Summer. Yet her quiet poise conceals dangerous powers she cannot begin to wield. Better to live without excitement, she reasons, than risk her heart and lose control— until an irresistible Sealord jolts her awake with a thunderclap of raw desire.

    Until evil threatens everything they hold dear...

    When pirates kidnap Summer and her sisters, Dilys is in a desperate quest to save the woman he loves. Only by combining his command of the seas with the unleashed fury of Summer's formidable gifts can they defeat their brutal enemies and claim the most priceless victory of all: true love.

    What I Liked:

    It is no secret that over three years ago, I fell in love with The Winter King and have been eagerly awaiting The Sea King ever since. Dilys Merimydion was one of my favorite secondary characters of The Winter King, even if he only appeared at the climax of the book. He played a very important role in the survival of Wynter and Khamsin, and that is how he ended up in Konumarr, courting the Seasons (sisters of Khamsin). Even though I still loved The Winter King more, The Sea King was well worth the wait.

    Princess Summer Coruscate has always been regarded as the timid Season of Summerlea, whose weathergifts are not so powerful. But the truth is, she has spent her entire lifetime suppressing her power, because it is too powerful. To protect everyone she loves, she makes sure that she always appears calm and serene... and significantly less powerful than her sisters. But this seems to change when Dilys Merimydion, notorious Sealord and Prince of Calberna, comes to Konumarr to court the seasons and hopefully take one back to Calberna as his bride. He is powerful, potently male, and enticing, and he doesn't seem to drawn to Autumn and Spring like he is to Summer. It is hard not to fall in love with him. Summer doesn't want to marry anyone, but she knows in her heart that Dilys is a good man. When disaster strikes and leaves everyone in an uproar, Dilys and Summer's growing bond will be tested as they fight for their lives, and for each other.

    I knew I would love Dilys, given how much I adored him in The Winter King, but I don't think I was prepared for how much I would love him. He is wickedly charming and enticing, with alpha male qualities that are attractive and not overbearing. He is sweet and considerate, and like all Calbernans, he is solely interested in the happiness and satisfaction of his future mate. Calbernans treasure their women (Calberna is of a queendom, not a kingdom), and Dilys is no exception. He is a notorious captain, Sealord, hunter, victor, prince, leader, and he is appealing in so many ways. Dilys is confident yet humble, charming yet sweet, persistent yet considerate. He is easily a favorite romance hero of mine. He is imperfectly perfect, just the way I like it.

    Summer is so different from Khamsin. She isn't outwardly temperamental and fierce. Rather, she likes to appear calm and timid and a little docile. She is gentle and sweet, but truly, the power that lies within her is untamed and wild. She is so afraid of losing control, so she tries to appear meek and unassuming. Summer doesn't embrace her power at first, and she definitely doesn't see her self-worth. But with Dilys chipping away at her defenses and treating her like a queen, she begins to accept her power, and accept him. Summer is so reluctant to get to know him, and then to marry him, but she has her reasons. It was wonderful to see her stand up and embrace who she was, and this was in no small part due to Dilys Merimydion.

    The romance is very slow-burn. In The Winter King, the romance is elemental and powerful and full of chemistry. The romance between Dilys and Gabriella (Summer) is chemistry-filled and powerful too, but it takes some time before Dilys and Gabriella actually do anything (mostly because Gabriella tries to avoid Dilys at all costs - he awakens something in her that she is afraid of, but begins to accept and love). Dilys falls for Gabriella, and while Gabriella tries to deny her feelings, she falls for him too. It's such a slow-burn romance with a lot of suppressed lust (at least on Gabriella's part).

    To me, The Winter King was steamier, but this book was very hot as well. There was probably less sexy times because of Gabriella's skittishness, but the scenes that were present were pretty hot. Their dynamic was on fire, with the clashes of intense power surrounding them. Both of them are extremely powerful and stubborn, so it makes for good chemistry.

    Like the previous book, this one is a long one, for an adult romance novel. A lot happens in this book, besides Dilys trying to court the sisters, and then turning his efforts solely to Summer. I was so glad to see that the other two sisters were never interested in Dilys as more than a friend (though they definitely ogled him more than a friend might). I kept hoping that there would be no love triangle or cattiness between the sisters or anything like that. Spring and Autumn knew that Summer was avoiding Dilys purposefully, and they figured out pretty quickly that it wasn't because Summer didn't want him. I loved how supportive the sisters were of one another. I love that the whole courting-the-three-Seasons thing wasn't a big issue, and he stopped courting all three of them fairly early on.

    At least half of the book is spent in Konumarr, with Dilys trying to woo Gabriella. The lady definitely doth protest too much - quite frankly, her numerous rejections of him made me sad. But it also made me smile because Dilys was so persistent and yet respectful of Gabriella's boundaries. That is how you woo a hesitant lady! Gabriella had her reasons, but Dilys wasn't giving up.

    I love the world that Wilson has created. Full of magic, myths, legends, lore, bonds, fantastical creatures, attractive men, tough ladies... this book is a romance novel, but it is so much more. The fantasy world is so incredible and I feel like this book would appeal to readers that aren't romance readers, because of the rich world-building.

    The climax of this book doesn't even really have to do with the romance! Of course, the romance is central, but the climax of the book deals with a threat to Calbernans and the princesses of Summerlea. My heart broke in a million pieces when the climax came, because of what Gabriella and her sisters had to endure. I was so surprised to see such in a romance novel, because it was heartbreaking (especially with Gabriella's account). But Wilson handled that heartbreaking, infuriating part of the story very well.

    The book ends extremely well, in true happily ever after form. Dilys and Gabriella get a lovely ending that is more of a beginning than anything else. I love the decisions that Gabriella makes, involving Dilys. I know that sounds vague but I am so wonderfully happy with some of the political changes she made. The mark of a strong woman, in my opinion - she recognized her strength and the strength of her mate, and she put him on the same level (and not beneath her). You'll see what I mean. I have so much respect for Gabriella because she is quietly strong, intense in her gentleness, and a true queen that raises up her king. I loved this.

    Also, fun fact - there are many Wynter/Khamsin appearances in this book! There are even scenes written exclusively from their POV (short ones at the ends of chapters, that sort of thing). They are the cutest! Khamsin is getting closer to her due date but that doesn't stop her and Wynter from being so adorable and throwing some serious heat. I love them!

    I loved The Winter King and this book did not disappoint at all. I'm glad Wilson took her time with this book, because it was truly a masterpiece.

    What I Did Not Like:

    I definitely thought Gabriella did a little too much protesting when it came to Dilys and his courtship of her. I understood her reasons for not wanting to get close to anyone, but I felt like this line of thought and plot went on for too long.

    I also wanted more sexy times! But this is related to what I just talked about, above.

    Also, That Thing that broke my heart. It is well-written but so cruel/heartbreaking. (Well there are two things.)

    Would I Recommend It:

    Romance fans, don't miss this series. I have to especially recommend the first book (The Winter King), but the author definitely lived up to expectations with this book. It is very different and very good. Steamy and sweet slow-burn romance, amazing world-building, great storytelling - give The Sea King a shot. It takes a bit to get into the story, but it is a lovely story.

    Rating:

    4 stars. I put off reading this book because I was scared - it is my most anticipated adult romance read of 2017. But I had nothing to be afraid of. Wilson wrote a story as beautiful as the cover. I will be anxiously awaiting the publication of the next books! Especially since I want updates on Wynter and Khamsin's babies.

    New edit! It looks like

    is going to published on October 31, 2017! It's not reflecting this on Amazon, but Avon's site and several other retailers say October 31st! You can now preorder the book!

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    New edit! HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

    is set to publish in November 2017!!!!!!! EVERYBODY PANIC AND FREAK OUT!!!!

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    I asked the publicist for this series and I just got a response -- this book's publication date has been pushed back.

    Indefinitely.

    No more July 2016.

    OOOOOOOOOOOO, I AM INTRIGUED :D

    So. THERE'S THAT.

    EDIT: we all knew it wasn't going to be published in July (2015)... but July 2016?! *cries* I need you, book! *twiddles thumbs*

  • Robin (Bridge Four)

    When I read the Winter King I spent a long time just loving the fact it was a romance with a high fantasy setting.

    and I spent years waiting for the sequel to come out. I wish I could say it exceeded my expectations but it fell a little short of its predecessor still I have very high hopes for the overall series.

    Dilys is really everything you can hope for in a suiter. He is smart, charming, fun, devoted and is practically

    When I read the Winter King I spent a long time just loving the fact it was a romance with a high fantasy setting.

    and I spent years waiting for the sequel to come out. I wish I could say it exceeded my expectations but it fell a little short of its predecessor still I have very high hopes for the overall series.

    Dilys is really everything you can hope for in a suiter. He is smart, charming, fun, devoted and is practically a merman. He doesn’t have a tail or anything but he does carry some magic over the water and gills while he is in it. He needs a wife and goes to the Winter court to woo one of the seasons. Accept the only season his people told him not to pick is of course the one he finds irresistible from the beginning.

    Summer has been hiding the strength of her gifts for years. She is stronger and more deadly than anyone realizes. Most of the world considers her the weakest Season and so kind and soft that she would never be a good match for the strong willed and warring Calbernans that have come courting and she wants to keep it that way. That is until she sees Dilys and something in her wakes up and demands she fight for the man that calls to all the power inside of her.

    Overall this is a solid story. It was more courting and trying to convince Summer that she is the girl for him once they figure some stuff out but it was interesting to see all the Calbernanas in Wintercraig to court widows and other single women from the war. They are quite charming and do woo well.

    This is the first book though in a look time that I had to put down and walk away from after a few chapters. There are about 4-5 chapters that deal with human trafficking in a very personal way. While it is well written it was also extremely disturbing to me and emotionally I needed some time away to recover. This hit on a few of my hot buttons and so I struggled a little.

    I think like the Winter King this ended up being a little longer than it needed to be. At 608 pages it is on the hefty side for straight up romance. But there is also the rich fantasy world of magic and unknown forces at play. There might even be a god or two in the mix. I’m extremely interested in what direction the story will take in the Jaguar King and which Season will get to tame the beast. I’m thinking that will be in Autumn’s skill set but we will see. Hopefully there won’t be three years between books this time around.

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads

    Now that this monster is finally going to be released, I found this in the comments of one of Robin's status updates from THE WINTER KING:

    Dreams don't always come true, but at least there's a trident. ;)

  • Aisling Zena

    So I'm still angry over this book. I tried to calm down before writing this but it seems whenever I try to collect my thoughts over it and write a coherent review I get pissed off all over again. I'm going to try to put the things I didn't like in a list and you can decide if you want to read it or not. Many of us have limits/pet peeves and hard lines we don't like reading so I'll try to cover the basics.

    So I'm still angry over this book. I tried to calm down before writing this but it seems whenever I try to collect my thoughts over it and write a coherent review I get pissed off all over again. I'm going to try to put the things I didn't like in a list and you can decide if you want to read it or not. Many of us have limits/pet peeves and hard lines we don't like reading so I'll try to cover the basics.

    I think I've covered most of it without glaring spoilers so I'll end my massive rant here. I've seen many reviews praising this so please do check them out and do try the book for your selves. Just because it made me feel book-rage (much like road rage) doesn't mean it will for you.

    After waiting all this time for this to be published and then not reading it, because who the hell knows when the third one is coming out, I am extremely pissed to read it until 63% only to find the three Seasons, kidnapped and

    . I am so fucking angry to be waiting all this time only to read this. For fucks sake, what the fuck! The whole first half was full of repetition and a heroine that was annoying and heading towards the TSTL category with her assumptions and non communication only to get this bull. If I could I'd rate this with minus stars.

    We finaly have a pub date! And its

    Postponed indefinitely?! After a 2 year wait!!!

    If I remember this one in time I'll give my self a trophy..["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Yodamom

    It has a date ! Nov 2017 !!!!!!!

    Release date ? "Indefinitely"

    What the ____ is going on ? its been two years, with many changed release dates ?

  • *TANYA*

    I absolutely adored the majority of this book, the writing hands down was fantastic, very detailed and vivid. The authors imagination is literally out of this world. But It wasn’t as GREAT as The Winter King, truth be told Gabriella grated on my nerves a bit. However, Dilys was undoubtedly delicious!!

  • Choko

    Once again, for all of us adults that still want to read fairytales, Ms. C.L. Wilson delivers one seriously substantial one. This time the Sea Lords from Calberna come to court and claim the wives they have been promised as a part of the contract for their warriors to fight on the side of Winter and his wife, Storm. In order to bring more royal blood into his family and hopefully breed

    Once again, for all of us adults that still want to read fairytales, Ms. C.L. Wilson delivers one seriously substantial one. This time the Sea Lords from Calberna come to court and claim the wives they have been promised as a part of the contract for their warriors to fight on the side of Winter and his wife, Storm. In order to bring more royal blood into his family and hopefully breed some of the Weather Magic into their royal line, the Calbernian Prince Dilys Merimydion has been given three months to woo Storm's three sisters, Summer, Autumn and Spring, and choose one of them as his wife. The royal council is hoping for Spring or Autumn, but as it usually happens, the sparks that are flying and starting conflagrations are with the one deemed undesirable, sweet and timid Summer. But she is not as weak as she seems. The mask she has been wearing in fear of unleashing the "monster" inside her and hurting someone, is something she has cultivated so she could not rouse all the emotions which make her blood boil and stay under the radar. No one, with the possible exception of her sisters, has any idea the loving and always smiling young woman who always avoids confrontation, is at all capable of loosing her temper, let alone unleashing magic which could be manipulative or deadly.

    As I said, sparks are flying between the Prince and Summer, but she is afraid to love because she knows if she lets herself she would give her whole heart and if anything happens to her loved one, she would go mad like her father did after loosing her mother, and we remember how ugly that was from the first book... She has a reason to be scared, that is for certain... And he happens to be one gorgeous specimen of maleness and whatever else fishy "Aquaman" DNA he has mixed up in there. On top of that, ladies, his country has a severe shortage of women and they treat them as goddesses! Matriarchy all the way, with gorgeous males to adore and worship them at all times, with part of their right of passage being a class in how to best please the woman who will be your mate... Yep! Sign me up as a volunteer, shark teeth be damned!!!

    AMEN!

    So, if you are both into romance and Fantasy, or Fairytales but like them the X-Rated issue, with a lot of foreplay, that is, this author has found the golden formula and has once again delivered a very engaging read. I did not put it down until the end, despite all of us knowing that some Happily Ever After is the expected ending. There were some very difficult parts there, which upset me quite a bit, but I understand why they were there and that they were used as a pivotal point in the character development... Still, it was not all sugar and spice and everything nice, so be prepared... I know I am looking forward to the next book:):):)

    Now I wish you all Happy Reading and many wonderful books to come!!!

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

    Review later maybe.

    It was good but The Winter King was better for me.

  • Helen 2.0

    The Sea King is a carbon copy of CL Wilson’s

    series. Similarities abound:

    -Mary Sue heroine with immense but uncontrollable power

    -Foreign nation in which men’s main job is to protect their *precious* ladies

    -Hero wants heroine to claim him as her soul mate

    -Ominous evil magic users trying to kidnap heroine and use her for her power

    And the list goes on. My best guess is that the author was unsure where to take this series and so she fell back into familiar territory.

    But honestly, you

    The Sea King is a carbon copy of CL Wilson’s

    series. Similarities abound:

    -Mary Sue heroine with immense but uncontrollable power

    -Foreign nation in which men’s main job is to protect their *precious* ladies

    -Hero wants heroine to claim him as her soul mate

    -Ominous evil magic users trying to kidnap heroine and use her for her power

    And the list goes on. My best guess is that the author was unsure where to take this series and so she fell back into familiar territory.

    But honestly, you won’t hear me complain about it. Tairen Soul is my all-time favorite romantasy series and perhaps one of my favorite series overall. If I can get more of the same then by all means, keep it coming!


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