Sea Spell by Jennifer Donnelly
In the final installment of the Waterfire saga, the merls are split up as they face the worst of their demons. As the battle lines are drawn, the girls will have to come together in order to ensure the survival of merpeople everywhere.
Publisher’s Description: At the end of Dark Tide, Book 3 in the Waterfire Saga, Astrid leaves her mermaid friends to confront her ancestor, Orfeo, the evil force behind the rise of the monster Abbadon.
Orfeo possesses one of the six talismans that the merls need in order to keep the monster locked up forever. But without the ability to songcast, how will Astrid be able to defeat the most powerful mage in history?
Meanwhile, Serafina and her Black Fins train goblin troops for battle against her uncle Vallerio’s death riders.
Will Sera ever see her beloved home–and her beloved Mahdi–again, or will the Volneros take over the mer realms while Orfeo takes on the gods themselves? Nothing less than the fate of the underwater world is at stake in this breathtaking finale.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Luna Lovebooks says…
Likes: One aspect that I have loved throughout this series is the relationship between the girls. I feel that people often underestimate the power of friendships, so it is nice to see a series where romantic relationships take the back burner. The final battle was fierce, and I must admit, I never saw most of the events unfolding as they did. The epilogue leaves room for the world to expand and I certainly hope Donnelly does so!
Dislikes: Unfortunately, some of the events in this story are pretty predictable. I saw Astrid’s betrayal from a mile away. Things always seem to fall in the favor of the girls as well, making things too neat. I do feel that the prose needed a little work. Some of the scenes that I feel should be important were just summarized from other characters POVs. For example, Baby’s death should have been emotional, but I just didn’t feel it from Madame Monon’s retelling of events. I also feel I was cheated during the scene with Lucia’s malignos.
Overall, though, this was a really good conclusion to a great addition to the mermaid genre. I give it 5 bubbles!
Our reviews in this series…
- Deep Blue, Book 01
- Rogue Wave, Book 02
- Dark Tide, Book 03