By Jennifer Donnelly
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Disney Press, 320 pages
The first in a series of epic tales set in the depths of the ocean, where six mermaids seek to protect and save their hidden world.
Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.
When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin’s arrow poisons Sera’s mother.
Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.
— Goodreads.com description
An underwater fantasy, Deep Blue is a great concept – I’ve had a thing for mermaid stories since The Little Mermaid.
I loved the gusto with which Jennifer Donnelly threw herself into this world. Every little use of fish terminology thrown into the slang just won me over. You go, merl!
But I was distracted throughout the book by too many practical questions. When a mermaid was bleeding, did it just like…get all over everyone? How is it they are all wearing fancy dresses? Just how much of them was covered in scales? Too little of the fantasy world fleshed out for me.
It is a series, and I will gladly read more. Yet, I felt too many storylines were left hanging at the end. So many characters that seemed integral at the start of the story were MIA for the remainder, with no closure at the end. Sure, it’ll be addressed in the next book, but for this installment, I felt there were too many loose ends.
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