Verona is a bottom feeder. She is the one mer in her clan who is considered the ugliest and least intelligent. Growing up with the constant bullying and abuse wasn’t the worst of what her kind had in store for her. At seventeen years old, she must now endure “The Reckoning.”
The scales will measure her worth to her clan. Will she endure thirty days as a land-walker to gather information and knowledge to appease her clan and return a valued member? Will she wait three years, until she is twenty, and find a mer of her kind to accept her and marry her? Or will she suffer exile for the rest of her life?
There is so much story packed into this novella. The character Verona will instantly work her way into your heart and you will want to reach out and save her. This story is unique to me, I have not read a mermaid story like this before. There is excitement and danger, as well as Verona’s journey to discover just who she is and what strengths she has within herself. She manages to learn how to survive in exile by hunting her own food, spying on land walkers and hiding to avoid ridicule and bullying from the other mermaids. This novella was just enough to draw you into the story and leave you wanting and waiting for more!
Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.
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