Author: Julia Ember
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: May 4, 2017
Genres: YA Fantasy
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.
Summary: Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.
Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.
this book was so much fun to read. it wasn’t particularly long either. the writing style is so easy to follow and fast paced. there were few moments when i was bored, but for the most part i couldn’t put the book down!
i absolutely adored ragna. i found her so relatable (and cool?). ersel was (almost) as cool, even though she was the main character.
i found this a very interesting and unique take on the little mermaid. i love the incorporation of norse mythology and vikings. i’ve never thought of the little mermaid from ursula’s pov (at least, i’m assuming it is). there was so many amazing parts to this book, from the lgbt+ rep to the under represented body type.
the seafarer’s kiss hasn’t been getting much hype and i wish it had! it’s so well written and deserves it (unlike a certain other book that recently came out).
okay but seriously, if you haven’t heard of or read the seafarer’s kiss, go buy it now. you’ve got to. i promise you won’t regret it.