*I received a review copy of this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in return for a honest review.
Title: Fire of the Sea
Author: Lyndsay Johnson
Published: March 24th 2014 by 48fourteen Publishing
Recommended If You Like: YA, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance, Mermaids, Iceland
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 enjoyed this book, it had so much interesting information on Nordic mythology. Which, made it a lot of fun to read. I did notice there were some similarities between this story and the little mermaid, but that’s not a bad thing.
This book is a light, sweet read with some dark undertones to help push it along. The characters were all likeable. There were many twists in this that I wasn’t expecting. When I first started reading I thought that it was going to be predicable, but happily it was not. While this is basically as about their romance, it wasn’t annoying and there is so many elements to the story that it’s great for people who don’t like to read romance books.
The only issue I had with this book was that it seemed to go at a slow pace for me, which made it difficult to read. It took me about 2-3 weeks to get through this, which is longer than usual lately. However, it wasn’t boring. So, it’s not that it has a bad story line. It’s just not gripping and a huge page turner like most books I’ve been reading lately. So, that may be something to keep in mind when starting this book.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in mythology and mermaid stories. I want to read more books that surround Nordic mythology now and learn more about it. Please like, share, and follow to keep up to date on future posts.