Published by 48fourteen Publishing on March 24th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Romance, Young Adult
Source: ARC from publisher
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Sharp, sleek, and golden. Like the dagger she has worn since childhood, eighteen-year-old Aeva is all three of these things. But there is something else that this mermaid and her prized weapon share – they are both hunted.
Hidden within the caves off Iceland’s dark shore, Aeva waits to take her place as the next ruler of the Mermaids. But when Aeva uses her potent and alluring song to save a drowning human, she disrupts a delicate balance. Realizing she has unexpectedly bound herself to Gunnar, Aeva is torn between duty and love.
Aeva severs one life to begin another, and soon finds herself not only rejected by the sea, but also stalked by an old enemy. As the worlds of myth and man intertwine, Aeva will challenge fate to protect her own sacred relic and the man she loves.
But legend and lies cast an intricate net. With time and safety quickly unraveling for Aeva and Gunnar, there is only one clear course: Find and defeat Delphine before she can shift again.
I really loved this! The mythological element was beautifully woven in.
The writing was wonderful, almost poetic. It was lovely and detailed and had a wise-beyond-her-years kind of feel to it.
It was a very long book, but it had a lot of story to tell. It probably could have been split up into a trilogy but it was fine as it was. The pacing was surprisingly satisfactory.
I liked Aeva, even though she took the whole follow-your-heart thing a little too seriously at times. I mean, she gave up ruling an entire undersea kingdom at the drop of a hat (and without so much as a word) for a man. True, it was probably fate and there was a magical bond between them, but more preparation may have been nice. And communication. And time. She gave up a lot of responsibilities, not to mention running from Delphine as well, when it was her fault that she was attacking her people. No, I did not approve of those decisions, as much as I agree with the whole follow-your-heart thing. She was just too important to leave all that behind so quickly. I believe duty should come first, or at least in this case. But it worked out.
Gunnar was great, even if it did feel like insta-love. It was pretty much insta-love, or very fast love. It’s just the whole fate kinda thing, you know? You can’t really fight it. And if it was a simpler story I might scoff at her decisions and the insta-love, but it was way more complicated than that. In fact, though, it would be a story eerily similar to The Little Mermaid if not for all the other mythology.
The complicated plot was a truly exciting aspect. There was a lot to keep in mind at once, but for most of the important stuff, we only learned of it as Aeva did so it wasn’t impossible to keep track of. And I would say the end came on kinda fast except for the fact that it really didn’t come out of nowhere—the events had been leading up to it and I guessed it only moments before Aeva did. It really was intriguing, though. There were little clues sprinkled throughout—yet some revelations were still unexpected. It was an enchanting tale, really.
So even though this book was a little long, I loved it! It was really exciting and beautifully written and complicated and engaging to the last. And the ending was really perfect, more so than I expected, which surprisingly did not bother me. It’s a wonderful book!
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