The Little Mermaid is turned upside-down and inside-out in this creative retelling about merfolk, true love, wicked and benevolent pirates and a princess trying to find her place in the world.
Advisors tell Princess Alexandrina that fishermen are the lifeblood of their corner-of-and-island nation. Folklore says the fishermen serve the merfolk more than the crown. So why on earth are the fishermen following Drina?
When Drina sneaks out of the castle, the fishermen are there. When she plans to outsmart the meddling Cardinal and her formidable mother, they are there. And when Drina just might marry the prince she wants to (instead of the baron she’s supposed to), they are there. Just like they were there when her father, the lowly fishermen who married a future queen, was buried at sea.
As Drina fights for a love story of her own, tragedy sails ever closer to her kingdom, and its black sails carry the standard of the sea’s most terrifying pirates. Can the fishermen help Drina when she needs it most? Or do they only serve the crown beneath the sea?
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Six days. Two worlds. Nothing will ever be the same.
Seventeen-year-old Kith is many things: affable, frail and adventurous; a friend, a daughter and a collector. She also happens to have a solid body in a world full of wisps, and a life expectancy she’s long-since exceeded. And that’s not even the most remarkable thing about her.
Six days a week, Kith rises early to cross a gate into another world, where she breakfasts with the mysterious creatures known as shadows. Bound to Kith by an inter-world treaty since she was six years old, the shadows provide Kith with something even more valuable than food: they teach her history and give her knowledge of the worlds—two things the people of Kith’s isolated home-world lost long ago.
When the shadows’ lessons take a sinister turn, everything Kith hopes for is suddenly at risk. She has a fractured friendship and a handsome young man on her mind—not ancient history. She’s the last person who could keep her world safe. But the long-lived shadows know the truth: history is about to repeat itself, whether Kith is ready for it or not.
It’s a cruel and unjust world Finchoa lives in, and she’s determined to change it. Which would be a lot easier if not for one, massive problem: She’s a wisp.
To change the course of history, Finchoa will use every advantage she has—including her many friends. With the help of the boy she can’t be with and the friend she most trusts, Finchoa sets out to find their ancestors’ lost magic and a better future for her world. One in which her childhood friend Kith—and all the shade-children like her—will never have to choose between the dangerous shadows of the Open World and starvation.
Set in the same few days as Girl of Shadow and Glass (Tara’s Necklace Book One), Finchoa’s righteous anger grows into a force of its own, leading her out of her desert home and into a wild, new world she never could have imagined. Nor could she have dream of Arc, the mysterious soldier who suspects she’s more than she appears. And he isn’t wrong. Finchoa’s encounters with ancient magic are changing her in ways she can’t understand—yet.
With a bone-chilling jungle world full of dark surprises and a desert world mired in wicked winds, the worlds stand against a girl with the body of a ghost. Can Finchoa become what she needs to and unravel the secrets of Sundown? Or will those secrets die with her?