- File Size: 2099 KB
- Print Length: 293 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1505401593
- Publisher: Echo Fox Books (November 18, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 18, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GQYQBL6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,707,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Wave Singers (The Equilibria Collection) Kindle Edition
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Wave Singers is a fun spin on mermaid lore. The descriptions of underwater civilizations and of how those with the ability to transform change from legs to fins had my imagination firing on all cylinders. The drama in the story is offset well by humor, and the story is well paced.
I did question some of the characters' actions (in particular those of a certain guy who would have benefited from a "Courtship for Dummies" book while pursuing his goal) but, overall, Wave Singers was a very enjoyable read.
The locket is much more than it seems and it takes Merry and Leander to a different sea where she meets some people on the coast. Merry likes this fun loving group, but Leander gets progressively grumpier. He tries to explain that she can’t trust them, especially not the handsome Dylan, but she thinks that he’s just being jealous. Still, she can’t discount Leander’s advice, he’s her oldest friend. If he just wasn’t acting so strange!
I very much enjoyed Wave Singers. It is a very good YA book, but it brings a little different angle to the usual young adult fiction. The character of Merry is exquisitely drawn and her friend Leader is given equally careful treatment. The other people in the book are made to be real people and we get to see the reasons for their actions. Even the villain of the book is multidimensional. The book is the first book in a series. My only complaint is the Epilogue is more a teaser for the next book than a true epilogue, but that is a minor point against the solid quality of the writing in this book.
I recommend the book to anyone who enjoys good fantasy and especially YA books.
Everything hinges on a music scholarship for 18-year-old Merry to attend university, as she is alone in the world since her father left and her mother died. In the lazy summer between finishing school and starting university, she and her friends go diving to explore a shipwreck. Merry and her close friend, Leander discover a locket before being transported through a portal to the realm of mermaids or Wave Singers - which will forever alter both their destinies. In this new land, Merry meets and is drawn to Dylan but becomes confused when new feelings emerge for her old friend Leander.
The mermaid world is beautifully imagined and described by Echo Fox. Her creative description of how land dwellers transform into mermaids using mental imagery and song is particularly well done. The dialogue is natural and her characters are likeable. She skilfully shifts the point of view between characters so you understand and feel for each of them, except of course, the dastardly Merrick.
Wave Singers provides a fascinating blend of adventure, mystery and romance that will keep you turning the pages and wanting to read book two.
I loved the emphasis on water in this book and how the author 'plumbed the depths' of water myths and legends to create a fantasy world with water-based magic. I've read a few mermaid books, but this one really got away from the whole 'lure sailors to their deaths while looking pretty' thing and followed a different idea, while keeping it all believable. Loved it!