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Dark Shores

Written by: Danielle L. Jensen
Series: Dark Shores, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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High seas adventure, blackmail, and meddling gods meet in Dark Shores, a thrilling first audiobook in a fast-paced new YA fantasy series by USA Today best-selling author Danielle L. Jensen. 

In a world divided by meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans, only the Maarin possess the knowledge to cross the Endless Seas. But they have one mandate: East must never meet West. 

A pirate with a will of iron

Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense and heir to the Maarin Triumvirate. Her people are born of the seas and the keepers of its secrets, but when her closest friend is forced into an unwanted betrothal, Teriana breaks her people’s mandate so her friend might escape - a choice with devastating consequences. 

A soldier with a secret 

Marcus is the commander of the Thirty-Seventh, the notorious legion that has led the Celendor Empire to conquer the entire East. The legion is his family, but even they don’t know the truth he’s been hiding since childhood. It’s a secret he’ll do anything to protect, no matter how much it costs him - and the world. 

A dangerous quest 

When an Empire senator discovers the existence of the Dark Shores, he captures Teriana’s crew and threatens to reveal Marcus’s secret unless they sail in pursuit of conquest, forcing the two into an unlikely - and unwilling - alliance. They unite for the sake of their families, but both must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much they are willing to sacrifice.

©2019 Danielle L. Jensen (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Had me at the edge of my seat.

I started listening to this at work because it's slow, and the story was so good that I had to pause it when things would get busy as to not miss anything important to the story line. I did how ever get nervous, excited, and sad while listening to this so be prepared to feel likely emotions. Try not to bite at your fingernails too much. Loved the narrators their voices were smooth as butter and they did a great job at portraying the characters emotions. Will continue to listen to this series.

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So Enjoyable!

I got this title from this author after reading The Bridge Kingdom. And now I have to wait for 2 of her series to come out with book number two!!!!! I enjoyed the characters and the fresh and unique things about the story. Not surprised as the Danielle l. Jensen brings exciting and new ideas so its not the same kind of stories you always read. I enjoyed this book alot and my only complaint was I wish it was longer so I could spend more time with her characters. I also like the two different narrators and the views from both the main characters. One thing that's weird is that when pre-ordering book 2 it is not about the people in book one not sure how I feel about that

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Wow

This book has definitely made it to my list of favourites. Well written; wonderfully performed. I plan on buying the paper copy when it is available. Can’t wait for the next book.

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  • Rachel Ashworth
  • 2019-07-26

I wanted more!

DARK SHORES was a good read (or listen), however the story seemed to end abruptly with much of the plot hanging in the air. Even the romantic plot is left on a cliffhanger. I loved the characters and the struggle, but felt like the story was unfinished for as many chapters as there were.

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  • Memeke
  • 2020-03-01

I Had Fun

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**Slight Spoilers**

“Dark Shores” was a fun ride. Like the author pointed out on Goodreads, the marketing made this novel sound like it was going to be a swashbuckling pirate story, but it really isn’t that. It’s a story more about a world based on the Roman Empire and basically what happened to other nations and parts of the world that had the unfortunate happenstance to be acquainted with them. Teriana is part of a race of people who take it upon themselves to govern the ocean between Eastern Continents and Western Continents to uphold their 7 gods and goddesses wishes to keep the peace. But, you know, the Roman Empire side finds out about Teriana’s secret and wants to do the usual conquer thing.

I had fun listening to “Dark Shores” as an audiobook. There were two narrators, and I liked how each gave the story their own inflections. They were on par.

So, because I liked the story so much (Teriana was awesome, Marcus was nice and sad but trying to do better, and the side characters were memorable,) I can’t help but point out a few things that I would have liked to see or that interrupted my happy space.

I wasn’t much for Teriana’s mother. She seemed to be the “badass” mom, but the type of mom who would treat her child more like a student detached from her more than her actual flesh and blood. Obviously, she’s not a talk-it-through type of lady, and I just didn’t feel like she and Teriana had much of a connection.

I feel like Teriana is smart enough to know that Lily didn’t betray her. She knows that Cassius is a manipulative fart face, and she knows that her friend was someone she could share her deepest secrets with. There had to be some trust there, and I was hoping that Teriana would think of that at least in this novel. I’m also surprised that the reveal that Marcus “killed” Lily wasn’t brought up in the novel either. I really don’t like that it’s coming at some point. It will eventually happen, and there will be all sorts of drama and miscommunication.

Teriana also believed in Titus a little too quickly. Maybe she just wanted to have a reason to hate Marcus again, but she should have been able to know that was what was going on there. But despite all of this, I feel like Titus might actually be kind of nice? He wants to save Terianna, and he was disgusted with the criminals who were eventually sentenced to hang. Perhaps there is something more to do with him?

I do wish that the romance burned a little longer and came to a full culmination to the next book. I feel like leaving the declarations to the very end just…I dunno. It just fell a little short. I could have used a bit more platonic bickering. Actually, I feel like these two (Teriana and Marcus) would have been better as a strong, platonic friendship. Like a power friendship.

I also enjoyed the parts in the book the best when they were on the ocean and when the gods and goddesses showed themselves. It felt like the battle of Troy with immortals toying with mortals as they saw fit.

Anywhoozle, I overall really, really enjoyed “Dark Shores.” I plan on listening to the next book when it comes back.

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  • Kristin
  • 2019-07-08

omg ...

So this book pulled me in and had the ups and downs. Marcus what a man. marcus is working bith ends trying to make sure people stay alive and also trying to make sure he keeps his men alive because one wrong move could kill either. but teriana and him are great. she hated his guts at first so would i. but she found to love him now i cant wait to figure out whats going to happen next. hurry up book 2

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  • Willow Star Serenity
  • 2020-05-09

Love it!

The East Must Never Meet The West. This is a mantra that is heavily passed down in Teriana's world. She's a sailor and a trader. Her family is pagan. A religion that is quickly becoming outlawed. A horrible mistake puts her and all of her people at the mercy of people who will stop at nothing to take over the entire world. She finds herself making a deal that goes against everything she stands for. She finds herself in forced company with the soldier who saved her. Marcus couldn't stand to see Teriana and her people being tortured. He pleads a temporary truce if she agrees to help them with their mission. I have so many thoughts about this book that it's going to be hard to get them all out without trying to write a book. I really both adored and couldn't stand Marcus and Teriana. They are strong and amazing characters. I loved that about them. However, they were both a bit childish and stubborn. It kind of brought them down a bit. I loved the story. There were parts that could have been expanded a bit more. Not many but like maybe 3-5. Other than that, the book and the characters were very amazing. I was in love. I can't wait to read the next book! This book was narrated by both Jeanette Illidge and Jeremy Arthur. I have found that I really enjoy audiobooks that have two narrators. Especially when the story itself is in two points of view. It just makes things so much more enjoyable. The only critique I could give is that I think if it's a female and male duo, the male should do the male voices in the female's section and vice versa. Other than that, I really have no problems with the book. I really enjoyed this book. It has so many great features in it. It has an adventure. It has intrigue. It has a tyrant. It even has very steamy forbidden love. What more could a reading addict want? I am very much looking forward to reading the second book. The cover of this book is gorgeous as well! I fully recommend!

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  • AMP5
  • 2020-01-18

Complex, different, human, appealing

It takes awhile to get oriented to the world and the players, and characters. But once it starts, it’s hard to stop. Very well done though it certainly felt unfinished.
Assuming it’s a trilogy. Sigh. What happened to books that aren’t trilogies?
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  • melanie schuler
  • 2019-12-08

Incredible!!!

I loved that this story was being performed with dual people. There is a lot that happens in here with plenty of action, suspense, a love/hate relationship that made me squeal with glee, political intrigue, adventure, and travel. It is honestly one of the better YA fantasy books I’ve listened to.

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  • Abigail
  • 2019-10-14

Meh

I loved the Song Bird Trilogy and expected this book to be of similar caliber. Unfortunately, I was slightly disappointed. I found the main characters annoying, and both made bad and avoidable decisions. I really liked the world, though, it was beautiful and we'll imagined. Overall, the story was okay.

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  • Piathystrup
  • 2019-10-13

Danielle L. Jensen is top shelf!

This is my newest favorite author. The way she makes the characters stand out. The protective male character. The love. The build up. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. I just wish she did not cut of the scene where they finally is in each other’s arms.
I have now read all her books and can only say, write write write dear Danielle.

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  • Amber Vanover
  • 2019-07-27

Love Danielle L. Jenson

Listened to straight through. Love when Marcus realized what had saved him from the sea. Teriana attitude is a reminder of how woman should be. I can't wait to get my hands on book 2. Thank you Danielle for helping me escape my reality and helping me step into a fantasy world needed to help my imagination grow!

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