Title: Sea Witch Rising
Author: Sarah Henning
Genre: YA Fantasy
Type: Standalone Book 2 of Sea Witch series
POV: First Person – Dual (Female)
Expected Publication: August 6, 2019
“The Little Mermaid” takes a twisted turn in this thrilling sequel to villainess origin story Sea Witch, as the forces of land and sea clash in an epic battle for freedom, redemption, and true love.
Runa will not let her twin sister die. Alia traded her voice to the Sea Witch for a shot at happiness with a prince who doesn’t love her. And his rejection will literally kill her—unless Runa intervenes.
Under the sea, Evie craves her own freedom—but liberation from her role as Sea Witch will require an exchange she may not be willing to make. With their hearts’ desires at odds, what will Runa and Evie be willing to sacrifice to save their worlds?
Told from alternating perspectives, this epic fairy tale retelling is a romantic and heart-wrenching story about the complications of sisterhood, the uncompromising nature of magic, and the cost of redemption.
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ARC provided for an unbiased review.
Alia was willing to do anything for the man she loved. With the infamous Sea Witch’s help, she walked on land to prove it. But it was an impossible task without risking the consequences and her twin sister Runa would not allow that to happen if she could help it.
This book is significantly different from book 1. While book 1 focused more on the main characters, this one involved a bigger perspective that included both kingdoms and the world.
Runa, always trying to fix and heal things. Unafraid to sacrifice her needs and wants or even herself for another.
I loved that it has a lot of actions and big scale magic, but I thought because of the wider story arc, I felt a bit less connected to the new characters. Thankfully, as the story progressed to critical points in the characters’ lives, I started to feel more for them and their plights.
“Alia, listen to me. I didn’t sacrifice my voice, no. But I did make a deal with the witch.”
She pulls back and points a finger to her chest.
“Always for you. Without you, there is no me.”
The bond between the sisters was heartening but also heartbreaking with what they were willing to do for each other. I liked how different they were but each with similar goals with their own way to achieve it. I also liked how the ending is open for a future adventure.
Sea Witch Rising is a story of true love and sacrifices. It would appeal to readers looking for fairytale retelling from a different perspective.
Note: Each book is standalone and book 2 included some background story but I don’t recommend reading it on its own because you wouldn’t be able to fully appreciate certain characters dynamic.
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