Title: All The Stars And Teeth
Author: Adalyn Grace
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Adventure
Publisher: Titan Books (UK)
Publication date: February2020
Paperback: 406 pages


As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer - the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it's never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy's dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he'll help her prove she's fit to rule if she'll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder - and more peril - than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she'll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected... or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

Rating: ★★★
A wonderful debut novel from author Adalyn Grace. This book takes the reader on an epic adventure, filled with magic, pirates, mermaids and a fierce princess that will do anything to save her kingdom.

The writing is beautiful with vivid descriptions of the kingdom of Visidia. The unique magical system is thoroughly explained and thought out. Princess Amora is next in line to become High Animancer, master of soul magic. Only the royal family can yield this type of magic, as it's their duty to protect the realm from the monster tied to their bloodline. Everyone else has to choose only one type of magic to practice their entire life. Before she can claim the title, Amora must prove she's in control of her magic by performing a trial on her 18th birthday. But during the ceremony, things go horribly wrong and she has no choice than to leave Visidia. With the help of a dashing pirate, Amora embarks on a journey to redeem herself in the eyes of her people but also to defeat an enemy that was lurking in the shadows for a very long time.

The characters are well developed and have substance. The heroine is vivacious, brave, compassionate, high spirited and sometimes reckless. She desires adventure and something more than being stuck at the palace all the time. Her character's growth is quite visible throughout the book. As for the supporting characters, Bastian and the enchanting mermaid, Vataea, were in the spotlight for me, I put my faith in them from start till the end.

The action developed at a fair pace, leaving room for an intricate plot to develop. While there was one or two moments that we're predictable there was enough mystery and intrigue to keep me engaged. Secrets, betrayals, political games, a touch of romance, everything was beautifully woven in this heart-gripping story. The book ends with a cliffhanger and I'm definitely looking forward to reading the sequel.

*Thank you Titan Books and NetGalley for the e-arc in exchange for my honest review.