A mermaid’s supernatural beauty serves one purpose: to lure a sailor to his death.
The Massacre is supposed to bring peace to Eriana Kwai. Every year, the island sends its warriors to battle these hostile sea demons. Every year, the warriors fail to return. Desperate for survival, the island must decide on a new strategy. Now, the fate of Eriana Kwai lies in the hands of twenty battle-trained girls and their resistance to a mermaid’s allure.
Eighteen-year-old Meela has already lost her brother to the Massacre, and she has lived with a secret that’s haunted her since childhood. For any hope of survival, she must overcome the demons of her past and become a ruthless mermaid killer.
For the first time, Eriana Kwai’s Massacre warriors are female, and Meela must fight for her people’s freedom on the Pacific Ocean’s deadliest battleground.
Review: This definitely a different take on mermaids with a bit of the old lore thrown in. The main characters are a group of girls that are being trained to kill the mermaids that have been attacking the islands ships. However, Meela has a hidden past that will affect her voyage to hunt mermaids. The story progresses through the girls training to there maiden voyage to hunt mermaids. It is out at sea we see some craziness from the girls and we discover more about Meela mermaid past encounter and the true motive behind the mermaid attacks. I feel like even though the girls are all on the boat there was enough action and dialogue to keep the story moving. I think this book sets up a potentially good series.
Eirik Baldurson—son of Baldur, God of Light—failed living as a Mortal. He lost the girl of his dreams and nearly got his friends killed. Now, he's gone to the underworld to meet the mother he’s never known. Torn between his duty to her and the man he used to be, Eirik struggles to find himself, until a witch appears in his world. Feisty and stubborn, she is a reminder of everything good he left behind.
Celestia Devereaux proudly attends a charter high school for “gifted” teenagers who embrace magic. Witches. However, she keeps a terrible secret—a prediction that she would one day be responsible for massive destruction and death. Though Celestia uses her clairvoyant abilities to help people, she worries that it is just a matter of time before she goes over to the dark side.
Her world changes when she unexpectedly astral projects to a place she didn’t believe existed and meets a tortured man who needs her help. Will helping him cause her fears to come true, or will he sacrifice everything to save her?
Review: First off, I would like to state I dislike this author because I had to buy book 2 and 3 when I have already blown my book budget. (very unhappy face) So, this book is a "stand alone" series within a different series. I honestly haven't read the other part of the series. I liked Eirik and Celestia story though, and thought it developed very nice. I love how open and caring her father is about supernatural and others are just as open. I mean they even have a school for witches. It just nice to have a story that has a little openness about witches and such. *spoiler* However, I was very upset in the ending being a cliff hanger (another angry face).