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.
Just when Sera, the heir to the throne of a vast underwater mermaid matriarchy, is basking in the success of perfectly performing the rites of ascendancy, her city is ambushed, her parents are killed, and-now officially but reluctantly Regina-she''s on the run from powerful forces seeking to destroy much more than just her city. If that weren''t enough, Sera''s been having terrifyingly vivid dreams, which summon her and five other teenage mermaids to a mysterious coven of river witches in order to decipher an ancient prophesy and unlock their hidden powers. Best-selling Donnelly (Revolution, 2010) builds an alluring mermaid civilization and history, filled with painterly descriptions of Sera''s underwater palace and its unearthly architecture, her sumptuous wardrobe, and the menagerie of half-human, half-marine animal denizens. There''s also plenty of romantic tension with handsome mermen, strife between merls (that''s girl mermaids) from rival regions, and some powerful female friendships amid the fast-paced plot, filled with wondrous magic. This series opener raises far more questions than it answers, but it lays a promising groundwork for the forthcoming volumes. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This $500,000 marketing campaign features TV spots, a national author tour, and even an original song. This series will be a part of your world. - Sarah Hunter-Booklist