Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1 in
Published: May 6, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1423133161
ISBN - 13: 9781423133162
From the Publisher
Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.
When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin''s arrow poisons Sera''s mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin''s master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world''s very existence.
About the Author
Jennifer Donnelly is an award-winning author of both adult and young adult books, includingDeep Blue, the first book in the Waterfire Saga. For adults she has written a trilogy of best-selling books that includesThe Tea Rose,The Winter Rose, andThe Wild Rose. Her first young adult novel,A Northern Light, received many accolades, among them theLos Angeles TimesBook Prize, a Carnegie Medal in the UK, and a Michael L. Printz Honor. Her second young adult novel,Revolution, was named a Best Book of 2010 byKirkus ReviewsandSchool Library Journal, and the audiobook received a 2011 American Library Association Odyssey Honor. She lives in New York''s Hudson Valley. For more information, visit www.jenniferdonnelly.com.
Donnelly (Revolution) opens the four-book Waterfire Saga with a richly imagined novel set in an undersea world of mermaids descended from the lost citizens of Atlantis. Serafina is heir to the Mediterranean realm of Miromara, but just as she is about to be recognized as its future ruler in the high-pressure Dokim ceremony, a devastating attack throws her life into flux. Led by cryptic dreams they share, Serafina and fellow princess Neela try to evade the conquering forces while seeking four other powerful young mermaids. Donnelly blends references to ancient myth and human language (especially Latin), with a mermaid culture that has its own magic, lore, and slang ("currensea," "merlfriend") that may strike some readers as too cutesy. Themes of conquering fear and believing in oneself are woven throughout, along with an acknowledgment of humans'' environmental impact on the sea and its inhabitants. Despite the high stakes and a few frightening moments, the story is never overserious; it''s just right for readers who have grown up with, but aged out of, The Little Mermaid and the Disney Fairies franchise. Ages 10 14.-PW