Details of the sea witch’s banishment have been exaggerated. The body count that preempted it was not. Once an illustrious princess, her hands and tentacles were stained with the blood of thousands. No one could comprehend how the hooks of madness dragged her down from her life of privilege.
Born Princess Vanessa of Atlantica, the ambitious young royal was one of two children born to the great King Poseidon. She and her brother, Triton, were groomed from birth to rule. Yet only one would ascend that coveted throne. While carefree Triton flits through his training with a cavalier demeanor and beguiling charm, Vanessa’s hunger for her father’s acceptance drives her to push herself to the limits of magic, and combat to become a leader worthy of her people.
When war against the humans ravages their once regal kingdom, political sides are chosen. Factions from the seven seas challenge the existing leadership, pitting Vanessa against her brother in a vicious battle for the crown. Traitors are exposed, dark family secrets revealed, and a once strong bond is strained to its breaking point.
Only when the ink black waters from the ultimate betrayal rescind, will the truth be known of how the villainous sea witch rose with one name on her vengeful lips — Triton.
About the Author
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, a chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.
Genre: YA Fantasy / Fairy Tale & Folklore
Title: Rise of the Sea Witch
Series: Unfortunate Soul Chronicles #1
Author: Stacey Rourke
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
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I have my reservations with retellings because of how much they like to reference famous lines from the fairy tales, and though this one had a lot of it, I couldn’t bring myself to hate them. Like, yeah. Lines were dropped. But wow… the story was so good I couldn’t care if she used the same script from the Disney movie (well I mean I’d care a little, it’d change the whole story otherwise lol). What I’m getting at here is this: Rise of the Sea Witch is a must read for fans of mermaids and magic and anything and everything about this freaking thing.
It was just so cool! This totally blew my mind with how much it referenced the Disney classic and yet managed to make it its own, explaining how things ‘really’ came to be and why things were the way they were. I adored the people that made up this story. Vanessa was a crazy bitch with ambition and will power, but my favorite part about her was how she changed for the better… and worse. Like, holy shit. You get the usual MCs who are good and go dark or are bad but have a heart of gold, but with Vanessa? Rourke makes a weird blend of both for her, and it. Is. Fabulous. She’s possibly one of my favorite female characters of all time, definitely the top ten, if anything. And her brother! He was so adorably sweet and tender-hearted, he really complimented her and kept all her good qualities grounded and present. To say that I was heart broken with the way it all panned out is a gross understatement, but for spoilers’ sake, I won’t say any more than that.
This is a must read. I don’t know how many times I can repeat it (twice) but if you love mermaids, fairy tale retellings, magic, ghosts and death magic, complex characters and AMAZEBALLS then check it out. Like, now.