This dark Little Mermaid retelling based on West African mythology was so lush and full of action. Simidele is a daughter of the sea, but her life there is one of obligation and duty. She remembers her life as a human but not what brought her to her role as a mermaid collecting and blessing the souls of those who die at sea.
This story is set in the times of slavery and there is no paucity of souls for her to collect. But she is unable to intervene, to stop the atrocities until one day she can’t resist. She does not collect a soul but rather saves a handsome young boy. This choice means she must find a way to apologize and make amends to the god who has bound her. From here we get an amazing adventure story full of action, puzzles and riddles with fairies, changelings and a chase to catch the messenger of God.
I loved the action, loyalty and emotion of this story. The fantasy elements were unique and fun. I enjoyed learning more African mythology and seeing the strength of the communities and their dedication to each other and the earth.
Read this one if you liked Within these Wicked Walls, Written in Starlight or the Raybearer series. ⭐️⭐️⭐⭐
What color would your mermaid tail be?