“NOTE: First of all I would just like to say that my review will contain spoilers. Also I encourage readers to read the book (Maybe not buy it...) themselves regardless of my positive or negative review.
REVIEW: Like most of P.C. Cast’s books this one involves the ever prevalent element of body swapping. First of all I would like to say that the main character’s full name of “Christine Canaday” was fine. But the book reduced her name into “CC” which made me link the main character to a teenager. CC just comes across as a subliminal cue for a kiddy nickname, like “JJ.” So the main character was always a little off for me.
The basis of the book revolved around Christine, a twenty five year old Air force sergeant being stationed in the Middle East. The airplane carrying her crashes and instead of dying she finds her life saved by a Goddess named Gaia. Agreeing to her terms she switches bodies with her daughter Undine. Thrusted into ancient Wales Christine is instantly forced to deal with a lustful brother named Sarpedon, little Mermaid like restrictions (You’re a mermaid that can only be on land for so long. You can break the spell if you find a man that truly loves you.), and the overzealous religious ways of life that restrict and bind anything dealing with magic, beauty, Goddess worship and feminine power.
As expected, Christine falls in love….with another mermaid. He’s the long time playmate and best friend of Undine named Dylan. He’s handsome, he’s strong, oh so loyal and has been in love with Undine for a long time. The problem lies in Sarpedon’s crazed pursuit to bed his sister and the suspicions that surround Christine while she remains on land. She stays at a missionary where the only women there are disfigured servants and cooks. The priest keeps a watchful eye on her because he thinks she’s a witch or a potential hazard. So every un-female dainty act that Christine performs just arouses his suspicions even more to the point that he wants to hold her hostage. In the mean time Christine is obviously the most beautiful thing there and causing quite the stir with the only handsome man there, a real knight. He’s old fashioned and eager to win the heart of Christine so she will be his in the true sense of the word, because he’s living back in the day when men ruled women and protected them. Sarpedon uses magic to posses the unsuspecting people in the missionary, specifically the knight, hoping to act through them and rape Christine. So by the time she can use the power of the Goddess through a necklace given to her by Gaia, the priest hears about the weird occurrence and thinks, “Aha! She must be a witch.”
This book was okay but not great. I liked the mermaid element of this book but the problem was most of this book took place out of the water, which is what attracted me to the book in the first place, the mermaid element. She would go back in the water to have sex with Dylan which didn’t matter to me because character’s can have sex anywhere really… I just wanted Christine to be a mermaid and do mermaid things, not deal with crazy priests and their silly misconceptions. I wanted to see the underwater city and other mermaids besides Dylan and Sarpedon. I wanted to see her faced with the challenge of being a mermaid princess underwater with servants, friends, and all that jazz. She was out of her element by being on land but she has always been a human so she’s not totally lost. But being a mermaid is not a natural born talent. She would need to learn how to swim and how could she pull off being royalty? I think the book could have been much better, it had potential.
Sometimes I think author’s focus on driving home points of particular interest (in this book the power of females) rather then just telling a story and letting the reader decide for him or herself what the message was. All in all it was better then Warrior Rising and I will revisit it for certain passages.”