One of the books I read last week was Merminia by Emm Cole. This is the first mermen book I’ve ever read, and I found it to be a nice change of pace. The synopsis according to Goodreads states:
In an underwater world that is as beautiful as it is ruthless, the mertribes are not about to make peace with each other. Selinne is a mermaid who is certain she can take care of herself. But when she is captured by the bloodthirsty Litiants, she finds unlikely help from Gabriel, a warrior who appears as indifferent as he is handsome. As Selinne struggles to make sense of the good and evil around her, she discovers that there is no escaping love or her place in the raging war of the sea.
What I liked about this book was that it had a strong heroine, thought out character histories, and a vivid world where they lived. Selinne starts as a young, naive mermaid who grows into a warrior. At the heart of the story is a feud between two warring mermen tribes. What was an interesting change of pace was that Selinne wasn’t the object of their desire. Even though there are two suitors interested in her hand, this also doesn’t rule the story like so many other fantasy novels. If you are looking for something different from vampires, witches, and werewolves, you should give this one a try.
This past weekend I spoke with Emm Cole about the book, and learned it will indeed be a series. She is working on book #2, but says that she’s only just started writing it. As for Merminia, it is available now from Amazon. You can follow the author on her site (EmmCole.com) if you are interested in more updates.