Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.
When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be a marine biologist. That was mostly because “mermaid” was not a viable career goal. After the vampire and werewolf crazes started to fizzle out, I noticed a brief spike in mermaid-themed YA books. To my disappointment, none of them seemed very good.
Imagine my delight to know that the world is about to receive a Norse retelling of The Little Mermaid in The Seafarer’s Kiss, by Julia Embers. Yes, you read that right. Norse mermaids. With a helping of lesbian romance, and a trickster god on top. There could possibly exist a book that is even more of a custom-tailored Sea read than this, but I really doubt it. Look forward to this gem from Duet Books on May 4th!
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.