Title: The Seafarer’s Kiss
Author: Julia Ember
Genre: NA Fantasy
Publication Date: May 4th, 2017
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.
Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.
A LGBT Little Mermaid story? Count me in. I’m always down for bisexual rep, and I love The Little Mermaid, so when I was given the opportunity to review this title, I jumped at it.
The Seafarer’s Kiss reads smoothly and fluidly, and the pacing was just right. Julia Ember’s writing is very easy to read, and you’ll fly through this story, needing to know what’s next. When you throw in some kick ass action and bi rep, you’ve got a winner. Not to mention the fact that this story expertly adds elements of Norse mythology in, adding another layer of awesomeness.
To be 100% honest, I wasn’t totally on board with the romance at first. Something about their relationship just didn’t really grab me immediately, but I was able to get into it a lot more by the end of the story.
Overall, the writing itself and the action filled plot make this a solid read. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.