Published by 48fourteen Publishing on March 24, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, mythology, Young Adult
Source: ecopy from Author
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.
Fire of the the Sea is a young adult fantasy that incorporates a healthy dose of mythology as well. I love the mixture of those two subgenres. And I think the mermaids and the norse mythology was a really interesting and well done mash up of sorts. I enjoyed Fire of the Sea. It was very information heavy at the beginning and I will admit that I had a hard time try to keep everyone and everything straight. Because there was so much going on, my attention waned a little throughout the first half of the story. However, the romance and the promise of action, prophecies and mythology was enough to keep my interest and finish the book. And I am glad that I did. Fire of the Sea turned out to be a good read.
I really felt for the main character, Aeva. She experiences a pretty life changing tragedy right at the start of the book and it paralyzes her with fear for a while. Which is a big deal because she is being primed to take over for her mer people when she comes of age. Another one of my favorite aspects of the book was the connection she had with her sword. I found that fascinating. The second the sword kind of attached itself to her arm and she could feel it pulsing within her, I knew it was going to play an interesting role in the story.
Interesting is the word of the day with Fire of the Sea. Even though I felt lost, confused and even a little bored at parts while read- the story line was interesting enough to always make me want to continue. I am glad that I stuck with this book. As soon as I heard the prophecy being announced I knew Gunnar would play a role and fulfill the mythology portion of the story. And I was right! The book takes place in the waters of Iceland, and norse mythology is featured. I love norse mythology and I thought it’s addition really enhanced the story.
Fans of mermaids, prophecies and mythology with some romance thrown in, will enjoy Fire of the sea. Just don’t give up on it at the beginning. It will be a lot of information to take in, but I think if you keep reading, you will be glad you stuck with the story.
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I’m not a huge mermaid fan but this does sound really interesting and that cover is gorgeous!
Michelle @ Book Briefs
It was interesting because of the mix of mythology and prophecy, but I agree mermaid stories are hit or miss with me.