The Sirens of Falkeld by Julie Tuovi (Review by Cianna, #NerdGirlSunshine)


Title: The Sirens of Falkeld

Author: Julie Tuovi 

Published Date: June 15th 2015

Genre: Fantasy


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Kade Finley, of the Scottish Isles, was raised on legends of the sea. His Gaffer, Toran Finley said, that beneath Muireall’s wind-swept cliffs, deep under the waves, there lived a legend as old as the Highlands themselves. Of Manannán Mac Lir, the sea god, and his beautiful sea maidens, the maighdean mhara, who swam the tides, luring sailors to their deaths.

But they’re not just legend.

Kade saw one on his ninth birthday. On that day, a fierce storm swallowed half the island, and his da, Aidan Finley, was never seen again.

It’s been nine years since Da disappeared, and Gaffer is dying.

Desperate to save him, Kade decides to capture a maighdean mhara, of whom the stories say will grant one wish if caught. But Admiral Gilbert Owen, commander of the island’s WWII naval base, complicates things. In his quest for power, the Admiral has enraged the maidens, making it dangerous to be human in maighdean mhara infested waters.

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***Cianna, #NerdGirlSunshine Review***

Fantastic! I really truly liked this story, and the depth that it had. I’m a big fan of mermaid, especially when they are portrayed in a darker light.  That’s exactly what this novel does. There’s both darkness and light, and it’s so wonderful together.

The setting is fantastic, a small island in Scotland during WW2, and it’s so perfectly written, described, and highlighted that I fell in love almost instantly, and wanted to head there myself. As for the featured characters, Kade & Cora, the author does a fantastic job giving us an alternating POV story that doesn’t leave us confused. The story flows well, and shows us how Kade & Cora’s connection grows, and how they need to work together to help save the island, and the people on it. There’s also a deeper level to this book. Kade is struggling to save his dying gaffer which is why he tries to even catch a mermaid at all. In taking that fateful chance, everything Kade knows begins to change, and he gets in a bit over is head, in all ways.

The villain (the Admiral)  in this story was interesting as well, his consuming need for treasure and something much darker underneath. It really lent itself well to the setting, and the time period, and I instantly hated him. (that didn’t change for the whole book, he’s an ass).

Overall, the author blends history and myth fantastically, and tells a tale of love, loss, hope and sorrow. It’s a beautiful written story and the ending emotionally broke me. It’s one of the best mermaid stories I’ve read recently, and really was impressed by the quality of the author’s writing. Well done!

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