Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Book Review: Siren's Tide

Siren's Tide

By:  Philippa Ballantine

Publish Date:  June 12, 2018

Format:  eBook

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  1st in The Sea King's Daughters series

First Impression:  Mermaid PI with action and full supernatural world!

Synopsis:
Ianthe Liakos is a mermaid from a different dimension and between that and now working as a PI in the corrupt climate of Washington DC, she'd thought she'd seen it all.

But when following a case leads down a trail of money that connects the murders of young political interns to a new paranormal threat, she realizes she must protect the next target.

The waters turn even murkier when Clayton Abernathy, a newly risen revenant fresh out of the grave, finds himself under the power of this new unnatural threat. Ianthe must hunt down this new threat to DC, while trying to keep her own identity safe. If the paranormal citizens of Washington DC found out that a mermaid has returned her own life and mission would be in danger.
And when it becomes clear that the murderer and Ianthe's mermaid past are inexplicably intertwined, she realizes she may just be out of her depth dealing with this killer.

First Sentence:
I hunted the young man into the setting sun, but I wasn't the only one.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*I offered to read this book for an honest review.

A mermaid PI story. Hmmm. Haven't had one of those before. And fits with what she can do.

The world is full of paranormal beings. But mermaids are a secret, even to the supernaturals. There is a secret here that could put them and others like them, who live in another realm, in danger.

The mermaids want to return to this world, our oceans where they are originally from, but the portal isn't strong enough. Ianthe is one of the sisters that's here, chored with the task to find a way to open a portal from this side so all can return. Though, she feels they've all failed as magic isn't as strong here as it once was. So they look, while they live lives in our world.

This gives us two cases. One, which is the long haul, to find a way to open a portal for merpeople to return. Two, the case that Ianthe is working on - a mom worried about her adult son being in trouble, as she has feelings he's being followed and in harm. And he is, being persued by an unknown being.

The story is written with a thick, wide world of supernaturals. Oh it's so full, it's busting at the seams! And it's a novella! The world and story are written with great care and detail to give us the most we can get of details, action, feelings, and more. We know there is much out there in the world, but it could go in any direction with the many sisters present too. This story opens up a world that anything could happen.

The story completes the case that Ianthe is working on. But does leave a small possibility at the end. The bigger question for me with the end relates to the portal. You have to read the story to find out what I'm talking about. But this could be a problem for Ianthe and her mer-sisters, or an answer. I'm thinking this is the tying thread between all the books because as I think back on the story, this is a very important piece to all the merfolk that are in the world with Ianthe. And... Ianthe has a new friend? lol.

Great start to a related series of sisters. The world is drawn and we venture on to the next sister and where she's at.



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