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Ia is thrown into the water at birth, abandoned for her deformity, she is adopted and raised by a mer-family. A storm drags her to the shore, and she finds herself transformed, but life on land offers challenges she never expected. Ia wants to go home, but something about Matthias draws her to him. Yet, Matthias is a tortured man, and just as Ia, caught between two worlds.
A.R. Draeger does a wonderful job of weaving a new story from pieces of the past. She does not flinch from the truth and history of period island life, but within this frame work she builds a real romance between two flawed people. Written in first person/past tense, we experience life with Ia - from the the sweeter moments to the stinging realities. I love the change in Ia, from beginning to end, and reading through Ia's struggle living between two worlds.
***Some Adult Themes, Situations, or Language***
The mermaid fantasy is lived out in the 1700s, during the time of slavery on a Caribbean island, an original and unique slant to a familiar storyline.
Ia’s life started out ugly, most would say, but she didn’t see it that way. She never would have found Mother, otherwise. Even through all the pain, doubt and abuse, Ia stayed pure in heart. She had found him and knew that was where she was supposed to be.
Politics, savagery, slavery, abuse and rape occur in the mer world, just as they do in the human world.
This 136 paperback of Of Ocean and Ash by A R Draegar does not disappoint. I have not read a mer book like this and loved that A R Draegar gave us a new twist on an old story, which is difficult to do. Most stories have been told many times, just the details are changed.
Of Ocean and Ash holds a lot in a small package, a romance that surpasses all boundaries and ends with a happy ever after. Isn’t that what we all want, a HEA, though the journey to get there was sometimes ugly. Some of the peripheral characters shown through in their ability to give, even when the only thing they had to give of was themselves.
My only complaint is I wanted Of Ocean and Ash by A R Draeger to be longer, more detailed and developed. I think A R Draeger could have brought me to my knees, but, alas, there was that something special missing. Needless to say, read this book if you love fantasy. I believe it will leave you wanting more, just like me.
I received a copy of Of Ocean and Ash by A R Draeger in return for an honest and unbiased review.
I have to admit, I have been excited and nervous to review a book of someone I know, someone I communicate with. Granted, we are not best friends, we do not hang out on weekends or go have coffee and talk about recent trips and adventures, we do talk. Her and my mom talk. However, even though I know her, my rating still stands at 5 stars because I am here to rate her book and not her as a person (and she is pretty damn cool in my opinion ;) ).
First, the writing is amazing and very fluid, the story has moved a long very quickly. Every aspect of this story flows together in one smooth motion, like spreading rich, creamy peanut butter on a piece of freshly baked bread. You become enamoured with Ia from the very beginning. You want her to succeed at becoming a Caller, but at the same time, you don't want her to succeed because you want her to have the freedom to escape the likes of Ro. It is a historical romance piece, set during 1736 in the Caribbean. I believe the amount of research needed had to be immense to get the amount of detail for the different types of servitude (slavery, indentured etc).
I like history, I like how it is explained in the context of the story, how it is explained to Ia, who does not understand or know the differences, because it shows that a lot of research was done to get it correct. I do not read a lot of historical romance often, and I like the paranormal and historical romance combination to create this piece.
My least favorite character is Ro.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First of all, I really want to applaud Quirky Bird for the beautiful cover they designed. The cover is very well-done and was a big influence on my decision to agree to read this... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Leigh Anderson
I will be very honest, I am not a big fan of historical romances. The Fantasy premises of mermaids is wonderful, as a little girl I used to dream about swimming with mermaids. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing read. I fell into this fantasy story and got sucked in. This book was beautifully written and the details made it even better. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jessica Stout
First off let me say the idea of this book was a good one. A human turned mermaid who devours other humans and is washed up on shore to live with humans? Interesting concept. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Alicia
I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book. I was intrigued by the synopsis of a mermaid, adopted from the human world and returned to it to experience the dark reality of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Perry