The Mermaid, The Witch, And The Sea

Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Walker Books

September 2020

$18.99 AU

416p pb

ISBN: 978-1406395501

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The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea is a romantic fantasy that follows two different girls and their stories. Evelyn Hasegawa is an imperial, someone with a high ranking in the Known World, with parents who question and doubt her abilities. She is then placed on the Dove, a pirate ship that takes her to an arranged marriage she dreads. This is where she meets Flora, an orphan girl who takes on the identity of Florian; a man of strength to gain the respect and protection of the crew. Through the dangers of sea and land, the two girls find a deep bond and start to seek the love that eluded them. 

I have to admit, this book was an interesting read. The plot of a fantasy filled with love and pirates was such a great idea to me that I did not hesitate to start reading. This book has so much potential to it. There were parts where I questioned the authorís intention, for example, how Evelyn began to realise that Flora was a girl because of the smoothness of her neck. I enjoyed the scenes where the characters were on the brink of danger or threat, however, some scenes lacked in the action I was expecting, and I would have liked more descriptions of the characters. I would recommend this book to those who love fantasy and romance, especially those who like the slow burn between the two love interests. 

Jirah, age 15

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