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Peek Inside Sea of Strangers

Know your enemy if you want to survive…

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The only way for Khya to get her brother back alive is to kill Varan—the immortal ruler who can’t be killed. But not even Varan knew what he was doing when he perverted magic and humanity to become immortal.

Khya’s leading her group of friends and rebels into the mountains that hold Varan’s secrets, but if risking all their lives is going to be worth it, she has to give up everything else—breaking the spell that holds her brother captive and jeopardizing her deepening relationship with Tessen, the boy who has been by turns her rival and refuge since her brother disappeared. Immortality itself might be her only answer, but if that’s where Khya has to go, she can’t ask Tessen or her friends to follow.

The Ryogan Chronicles are best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Island of Exiles
Book #2 Sea of Strangers
Book #3 War of Storms


"This brought to mind other talented and brilliant authors who not only create strange new worlds, but go the extra mile to populate them and fill them out with imaginative flourish. As a science fiction fan, I found this book fulfilling; as an avid reader of all genres, I was equally pleased." –J.D. Hart, Reading and Literature Resources

"The incredible worldbuilding of the first installment continues with this novel, and the characters become ever more lovable and one can’t help but root for them and their success." –Leah, Small Queer, Big Opinions

"Would be really stupid to not read the third installment since I've come this far." –Shelley, Gizmo’s Reviews

"[R]eaders of the genre will really enjoy this addition to this fantasy series by Erica Cameron, which presents a sprawling, diverse world with complex issues and a wealth of magical power. Readers will be ensnared by the scope of the world Cameron is creating, but also by the depth of the characters, and the humanity behind their struggles." –Alanna, One Page at a Time

"I previously read and reviewed Island Of Exiles and loved it, so I had high hopes for this one. And it did not disappoint." –Amber Rose, Rose Reviews

"The entire world and the world building is seriously some of the best I've seen out of dystopian/fantasy books." –Lacy, A Ravenclaw Library

“This rare gem of a book has a lot to offer readers, including magic, action, and intrigue on the edge of a knife.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Island of Exiles

“Harrowing and heartfelt…Crackles with harsh magic and gripping suspense.” —A.R. Kahler, author of The Immortal Circus series, on Island of Exiles

"A remarkable achievement: a fantasy world so richly imagined, so finely detailed, and so strikingly original, even the most incredible elements feel totally real." Joshua David Bellin, author of the Survival Colony series, on Island of Exiles

"I was consumed by the savage mysteries of Cameron's harsh and haunting fantasy world. A story of love and loss as searing as the desert heat." Diana Peterfreund, author of For Darkness Shows the Stars, on Island of Exiles

"A beautifully wrought fantasy filled with magic, rebellion, and romance, plus a strong, butt-kicking heroine to root for!" Lea Nolan, USA Today Bestselling author of Conjure, Allure, and Illusion, on Island of Exiles

"Everything I've been looking for in a fantasy--powerful characters, magical powers that make me itch with envy, and a spoken language that is as intrinsic to the story as it is beautiful." Amber Lough, author of The Fire Wish and The Blind Wish, on Island of Exiles

"Imaginative, bold, and as electrifying as a Shiara storm." Lori Lee, author of Gates of Thread and Stone and The Infinite, on Island of Exiles

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758292
Series: The Ryogan Chronicles, Book 2
Release Date: Dec 5, 2017
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, lgbtq, multi-cultural, mystery & suspense, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, overcoming odds

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By Danielle's December 15, 2017

Sea of strangers is book 2 in The Ryogan Chronicles. It's the middle child journey book of the trilogy. It's full of adventure, action and mysterious lands. The Ryogan Chronicles are continuous and cannot be read as a standalone. Sea of strangers is a fantasy, magical book with an undesirable world. ...more

By Di December 21, 2017

**Any quotes used are from an advanced readers copy and may not be in the final publication**

“What is a life when it is given in protection of family?”
“The most precious thing in the world. Don’t pretend it’s worth nothing.”
“True, and it is my gift to give.”

I was lucky enough to receive a copy o ...more

By Katherine December 21, 2017

Khya is disappointed in herself for not saving her beloved brother Yorri, but instead barely escaping her beloved city with just a few of her trusted comrades. Khya now knows that everything she was taught and believed in is a lie, making her question her purpose and abilities. But she must put asid ...more

By Leah December 20, 2017

The incredible worldbuilding of the first installment continues with this novel, and the characters become ever more lovable and one can’t help but root for them and their success.

Read the full review on my blog! ...more

By lacy December 04, 2017

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen publishing for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Even though I tried to be as non spoilery as possible, this is the second book of a series and it is pertinent to read the first book. If I do spoil anything, I am sorr

By books are love December 07, 2017

Received in exchange for a honest review.

Erica Cameron followed up the first book in the series with a sophomore book that packs a punch. The writing is fluid and really keeps you in the moment. The characters just draw you in and keep you there with them as you feel the danger like a living breathi ...more

By J.D. November 19, 2017

Sea of Strangers is a book written with high quality and attention to detail. What I appreciated most about the book is the way the author has crafted this world, complete with an array for characters and even a language of its own.

This brought to mind other talented and brilliant authors who not o ...more

By Tesia February 06, 2020

The Appalachian Bookworm

** I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Possible spoilers ahead. **

In the first installment of The Ryogan Chronicles by Erica Cameron, Island of Exiles, we follow the story of a young warrior and ward mage from the island ...more

By Jannin (The Booknerd Dragon) December 28, 2017

I got the chance to host a book tour of the second book, Sea of Strangers, and I’m excited! I liked the first book and I love this second book!

The second book started with Khya and her squad sailing through the storm on their way to Ryogo.
As I’m reading the book, I try to remember all the things tha ...more

By Alanna November 28, 2017

Sea of Strangers by Erica Cameron, is the second book in an epic fantasy series titled the Ryogan Chronicals (you can find my review for Island of Exiles here), by Cameron, which will be released on December 5th, 2017. The Ryogan Chronicles is currently predicted to be a trilogy, so there's at least ...more

By Ruthsic December 28, 2017

Khya's journey to get back her brother and stop the Miriseh has the squad going to Ryogo to seek out the secrets of how the Miriseh came to be. Most of this book is devoted to the journey to Ryogo, the hardships they face on sea and on land (having to hide from Ryogan military forces), and the searc ...more

By Alexa December 21, 2017

Honestly, the way this book is written, it’s hard to know what to say about the plot. Just like the last, it is epic and intense, plus there are higher stakes and bigger emotions, a ton of twists, surprises, and just wild things that happen, but so much of it is unknown until it happens, because it’ ...more

By Makayla Sophia June 13, 2018

I thought the plot was very exciting! I was on the edge of my seat page with every page turn. I was constantly wanting to know what was going to happen next. With such high stakes, it was a constant battle of who to trust, where to go, and how to solve their problems.

The characters were amazing! The ...more

By Kim December 19, 2017

This review and many others, both german and english, can also be found on my blog.
Diese und viele weitere Rezensionen, auf deutsch und englisch, findet ihr auch auf meinem Blog.
Ravenclaw Threadsister

I stumbled upon the first book in this series by accident on NetGalley, read it last month and a ...more

By diana December 20, 2017

I have been obsessing over this book's release ever since I finished Island of Exiles. And dammit. Sea of Strangers is everything I hoped it would be and more.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this extraordinary, original and exciting world the author created! The new additional characters were such a delight to me ...more

By Emmyjo December 27, 2017

Another great book by this author.
This book just kept getting better. This is the second book to this series. And boy was this an adventure. Khya meets some helpful people along the way, whom at first doesn't know how to take the news that Varan is on his way with an army of more then thousands to d ...more

By Lynndell December 06, 2017

Sea of Strangers, the sequel to Island of Exiles. I don’t understand the different use of pronouns and it’s distracting but the author’s descriptive details make a scenic world once again. On their journey, the travelers encounter magic, other cultures, dangerous terrain and poisonous birds. They be ...more

By Caroline December 07, 2017

Full Review Coming Soon To The Blog

Like the first book, the names/language was hard for me to keep track of, but that didn't stop me from enjoying this story. SO much happened! So good! And that ending! Whaaaaat??? When can I read book 3??? ...more

By Derek October 07, 2019

I enjoyed reading Sea of strangers because it reminded me of the Percy Jackson book series. The author did a amazing job at combining adventure and action. I could feel the emotions that the characters are going through which is hard to find in books nowadays. I recommend this book for people lookin ...more

By J Aislynn December 31, 2017

Sea of Strangers continues Erica Cameron's captivating Ryogan Chronicles, as Khya and company search for the legendary Kaisubeh.

Having travelled to Ryogo, former home of the exiled Miriseh, Khya and her companions seek to learn Varan’s secrets in hopes of defeating him and freeing Yorri. But navigat ...more

By Eva December 12, 2017

sea of strangers picks up where island of exiles left off. at sea, khya and her friends must come upon an idea that will allow them to survive the dangers ahead.

the action rarely stops, but we do get more answers to what the misireh are up to and a deeper understanding of the mythology and magic tha ...more

By Chris January 16, 2018

I am always excited to read a new Erica Cameron book! She writes wonderful characters that you feel in a world that's engrossing! This book did not disappoint and I can't wait to reread these when the third book comes out ...more

By Sophia December 09, 2017


By Amber December 02, 2017

**I received an ARC of this book from Entangled Teen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I was so excited when I was contacted by Entangled Teen to read and review Sea Of Strangers. I previously read and reviewed Island Of Exiles and loved it, so I had high hopes for this one. And it di ...more

By Cierra December 26, 2017

Thank you to Chapter by Chapter, Erica Cameron, and Entangled Teen for the ARC through NetGalley and the opportunity to participate in the blog tour!

"We're fighting to get home... to keep the salvageable pieces."

I've been so excited to read this book it wasn't even funny. I loved Island of Exil ...more

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Erica Cameron

About the author

Erica Cameron

Erica Cameron is the author of books for young adults including the Ryogan Chronicles, the Assassins duology, and The Dream War Saga. She also co-authored the Laguna Tides novels with Lani Woodland. An advocate for asexuality and emotional abuse awareness, Erica has also worked with teens at a residential rehabilitation facility in her hometown of Fort Lauderdale.

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