Endless Water, Starless Sky
Juliet is trapped—ordered by Lord Ineo of the Mahyanai to sacrifice the remaining members of her family, the Catresou, to stave off the end of the world. Though they’re certain his plan is useless, Juliet and her former friend Runajo must comply with Lord Ineo’s wishes—unless they can discover a different, darker path to protecting Viyara.
Romeo is tortured: finally aware that his true love is alive, he is at once elated and devastated, for his actions led directly to the destruction of her clan. The only way to redemption is to offer his life to the Catresou to protect and support them . . . even if it means dying to do so.
When Romeo’s and Juliet’s paths converge once again, only a journey into Death will offer answers and the key to saving them all—but is it a journey either of them will survive?
I think one of my issues with liking this duology are the characters. My favorite character of the first book is dead, Paris, so that leaves no other character I really liked. Romeo was way better in this book because he was finally ready to do something instead of just whine over Juliet. I still don’t like Juliet or Runajo so their half of the book just didn’t do anything for me. It was nicer getting Juliet’s side of the story. There wasn’t much development from the first book for the characters so my feelings never changed from then.
Overall, Endless Water, Starless Sky by Rosamund Hodge was an okay duology. I loved the story and the world that was created but it wasn’t enough to keep me invested in the story. This book really felt split in two and not cohesive which made me struggle with the pacing. With my favorite character from the first book being dead, I was left wanting more from the characters. Romeo was the only one that really was a little different from the first book but not as much. I do think this is a great take on the Romeo & Juliet retelling but I still feel like this would have been stronger as a trilogy to really make me care about the stories. The plot itself can only make me enjoy it so much.