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An intriguing foray into the origin of the first mermaids doesn’t save this strained sequel to Lost Voices (2011). Exiled queen Luce is reeled back in to protect her old mermaid tribe when she learns how their insane leader, Anais, is abusing them. Also, their frequent ship sinking has caught the eye of an FBI agent, whose investigations bring him dangerously close to the truth. An unconvincing obsessive romance with petulant, controlling Dorian, the boy she saved after her tribe drowned his entire family, distracts Luce from her duty long enough to set up a bloody cliff-hanger ending. Purchase only where the first volume has a following. Grades 9-12. --Krista Hutley


Praise for Waking Storms

"Sarah Porter’s mermaid world is dazzlingly imagined and richly, hauntingly told. Waking Storms is as enchanting—and dark, and lush, and tragic, and gorgeous—as the mermaids' song."
—Carolyn Turgeon, author of Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale

"Porter has crafted another winner. . . . Like any good middle novel in a trilogy, Waking Storms leaves plenty of strings untied to keep you hungry for the final installment. But unlike many weaker series, this book also stands up completely on its own two feet (fins?) and is as deep, dark and magical as Lost Voices. A reader could pick it up not having read the previous title and be fine, while fans of the first novel surely will not be disappointed."

Praise for Lost Voices

"[A] haunting debut. . . . Porter’s writing is expressive and graceful. . . . a captivatingly different story."

"A beautifully written and heartbreaking story about a lost soul struggling to forgive the people she loved who wronged her, and ultimately to forgive herself."
—Jennifer Echols, author of Going Too Far

Praise for The Twice Lost

"The Twice Lost offers a moving, action-packed and deeply satisfying ending to Sarah Porter's brilliant Lost Voices trilogy. What a beautiful, intense world of ferocious lost girls who find themselves at last. I loved it."
—Carolyn Turgeon, author of Mermaid and The Fairest of Them All


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: The Lost Voices Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547482515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547482514
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a writer, artist, and freelance teacher. I teach creative writing workshops in the New York public schools via Teachers and Writers Collaborative; I've worked with kids in grades K-10, but I've focused on junior high and high school for the last several years. I don't think I would have written a YA novel if it weren't for that experience! Reading my students' intense, passionate poetry and stories recalled my own emotions at that age. Lost Voices was my attempt to write the book I most needed as a twelve-year-old struggling with what it means to be human: a book I never really found.

As for why I became a writer, well, I grew up moving around a lot. I was shy and didn't have a lot of friends, and I read all the time. Books sustained me and gave me a sense of belonging when I was young. All the voices of all the writers I've loved throughout my life seemed to flow together into something like a speaking whirlwind. Literature for me has always been a force greater than the individuals who create it. And because that force meant (and means) so much to me, I wanted to be a part of it, to give it what I could and contribute to its power.

I live in Brooklyn with my wonderful husband Todd, an artist and fabricator of electronic art, and our cats Jub Jub and Delphine. I have an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from City College.

My website is sarahporterbooks.com. It includes my drawings of Luce and Nausicaa (who features largely in the upcoming books in the trilogy) as well as a summary of the trilogy's second volume, WAKING STORMS. There's also a selection of reviews and interviews, and occasional updates.

Customer Reviews

Much to Dorian's surprise, they bond quickly, their attachment eventually blossoming into a relationship.
R. C. Bowman
I am already bummed that I've finished this book so quickly, and I'm on pins and needles waiting for the next one, probably coming out next year.
This sequel to "Lost Voices" continues the story of Luce, who struggles to reconcile her mermaid tribe with her attachment to her human origins.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By anon on May 26, 2012
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I have been looking forward to this book since last year when Lost Voices came out. Sarah Porter is a gifted author who writes books that keep you up late at night turning page after page, not wanting to put the book down. I haven't enjoyed books like this in a long time. I'm loving it!

Last summer in the book Lost Voices we were introduced to Luce, the main character in this trilogy. We saw her turn from human to mermaid, and learn their laws, which they call the timahk. She became aware of her own unique and very special singing voice which could do more than any of the other mermaids in her tribe could have dreamed. This could very well lead her to become a queen. Yet she struggled with her new life underwater. Mermaids hate all humans, but Luce just couldn't seem to forget that not all humans are horribly cruel, and she still felt love for some of them. She didn't like the idea that being a mermaid meant killing as many humans as they could. She wished so much to change this old way, but would it ever be possible? Were there any other mermaids out there who felt the same way about it?

By the end of Lost Voices, Luce has broken the timahk. She hates lying to her friends, but she feels it is worth it. And after all, she is certainly not the only one who has broken the laws. Anais and some of the tribe are now culprits as well, after going after Catrina. But will that make it any easier for Luce?

Wakening Storms picks up with Luce still living away from her old tribe. She still has a few friends there, but most of the tribe has begun to back Anais, mostly out of fear. This book shows you how heartless Anais is, and how dangerous she has become. This is a surprising and suspensful sequel. You won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jaylia3 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 6, 2012
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As the adventure continues in this second book of the Lost Voices trilogy the story becomes bigger and is more and more interesting. Luce transformed from a human girl into a mermaid after suffering terrible abuse at the hands of her uncle in the last book, and for the first time in her life she found herself part of a close-knit group when she became a member of a mermaid tribe. By the beginning of Waking Storms, however, she is on her own. Her former tribe is divided and increasingly violent, and Dorian, the boy Luce broke mermaid law to save, is angry about the deaths of his family and threatening to expose Luce and endanger mermaids worldwide by revealing their existence.

Everything changes though after Dorian and Luce meet and they are attracted to each other in spite of having every reason to be enemies. Conflicting emotions and loyalties augment the tension and enhance the complexity of the plot. Should Luce pursue her forbidden love of a human, or accept the responsibility of being a mermaid queen? Can there be peace, or will there be war?

Waking Storms is beautifully written, especially its descriptions of Luce's life in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska. It has more information about mermaid origins and history, and a wonderful new character Nausicaa, a mermaid who has been around for thousands of years. When I received this book for review I decided to read its predecessor first and I'm glad I did. Waking Storms could be read as a stand-alone, but I think the power of the story will be greater if Lost Voices is read first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzi Hough VINE VOICE on June 13, 2013
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The is the second book in the "Lost Voices" trilogy. This review contains spoilers for the first book in the series.

At the end of Lost Voices, Luce had proven herself to be the most powerful singer in her mermaid tribe, so by rights she should be their queen. However, disgusted by the actions of the other mermaids, Luce has chosen instead to live in solitude, far from her former friends. Her isolation isn't total. Dorian, the boy that Luce allowed to live instead of drowning with the rest of his family, is fascinated and obsessed by the mermaids he saw. He and Luce begin meeting in secret, and a forbidden romance blossoms. But Dorian isn't the only human who knows that mermaids exist, and if Luce doesn't end the relationship she risks putting her sisters of the sea in mortal danger.

One of the problems I had with the previous book in this series was that only abused girls become mermaids. Why, I wondered, did this only happen to abused girls - and, since there obviously young women murdered all the time, why don't all of these victims become mermaids? I was pleased that "Waking Storms" fully addressed how and why the mermaid "curse" works, thanks to the appearance of Nausicaa, an ancient mermaid who was among the first to be created by the god Proteus. So that was fantastic. The story has always shown the heavy influence of Greek mythology, but it takes place of the coast of Alaska, so I was really hoping we'd get some Native legends, too. I was delighted when Sedna herself shows up near the end of the novel.

I'm a bit on the fence about the romance between Luce and Dorian. On the one hand, they fall in love *really* fast.
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