Luminaire (Florence Waverley #2) by Ciye Cho
Being the only human in a world of merfolk... isn't easy. Florence Waverley chose to stay in Niemela, but things have gone awry. Secrets have risen and the prince she cares about has pulled away. All the while, dark dreams warn her of a tragedy that only she can stop. But in order to save the merman she loves, Florence will have to enter the Life Path tournament: a brutal test of fear and madness.
The tournament is a rite of passage--a maze where young mermaids and mermen battle to find their purpose. It is also a place where Florence will face grave danger: mermaids with evil magic, tunnels filled with sea fire, and guardians who wish to use her as a pawn in their secret plans. But will Florence be strong enough to survive the tournament... or will she perish inside it?
Everything hangs in the balance: her life, her world, and her love.
Luminaire (Florence Waverley, Book 2)
Now that her situation has drastically changed from the first book. Florence is contemplating her future in the merworld. She is feeling more alone now that the Prince has decided to get some distance from her. She is looked at as somebody that does not belong in this world by most of the merfolk. She focuses on what really matters and makes friends and enters the tournament.
One thing that this series has going for it is the uniqueness of the take on Merpeople and the underwater world that is created here. The writing is very descriptive with the world building but the story really focuses towards the relationships of the people.
The main character Florence is very unselfish and has not only a very strong determination to prove herself. Although her relationship with Rolan is at a low point, the fact that she puts herself into danger to help others shows that this story really isn't just romantically focused.
My absolute favorite part is the addition of the magic. The usage of magic in this world is very complex and it really adds to the adventure. The prisons, the tournament and travels through tunnels is all very well placed throughout the story that keeps your interest and at times it's very engaging and a page-turner.