by Marilena Mexi
Series: Antara #1
Release date: 22nd July, 2011
Pages: 347 (ebook sent by the author in exchange for an honest review)
Next book: Ninemia
Summary from Goodreads:
Peace and tranquility on the island of Aster, home to both humans and 'merfolk', has long been broken by a devastating phenomenon, recurring every five years. A storm including gusting winds and huge waves mysteriously appeared and eradicated much of the population.
The misunderstandings, suspicion and hate born of this disaster have torn the two races apart, and the peace loving merfolk are now in a never-ending struggle to prove their innocence and restore peace to the island. On the human side, things are even worse; under the tyranny of cruel king Orestis, the people suffer and all their king cares for is vengeance against the "fish", as he spitefully calls them, executing merfolk after merfolk for just being near his lands. Secrets, intense emotions and strange phenomena will upset their lives forever.
Review By Alaiel Kreuz:
Marilena Mexi and her debut novel, Antara, where a nice introduction into the mermaid's books. Is true that is not easy to write in a language that is not your mother tongue but Marilena's writing and descriptions are not only good but very enjoyable.
Asteria is our main character, the queen of the merfolk and her world is in constant danger thanks to the humans who once were friends and allies. But not any more, now Orestis, king of Dark Aster, is always attacking and killing merfolks... he doesn't even care if they are kids.
But the same disaster that once broke the peace between our species is coming back and this time the merfolks are not going to wait, this time they want not to only save the humans (even if after saving them they might get killed) but to clear their names and stop this circle of rage and vengeance.
That's why queen Asteria is going to enter in Dark Aster, to meet Orestis and try to convince him that maybe, together, they can find a way to save them all.
And I highly recommend this book not only for the plot but for the amazing and beautiful paintings that Marilena did for "Antara" that are included in the book.
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