An unforgettable fantasy debut inspired by West African mythology, this is Children of Blood and Bone meets The Little Mermaid, in which a mermaid takes on the gods themselves.
A way to survive.
A way to serve.
A way to save.
Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata--a mermaid--collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home.
But when a living boy is thrown overboard, Simi does the unthinkable--she saves his life, going against an ancient decree. And punishment awaits those who dare to defy it.
To protect the other Mami Wata, Simi must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. But something is amiss. There's the boy she rescued, who knows more than he should. And something is shadowing Simi, something that would rather see her fail. . . .
Danger lurks at every turn, and as Simi draws closer, she must brave vengeful gods, treacherous lands, and legendary creatures. Because if she doesn't, then she risks not only the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.
The Sexy Nerd's Review
Simidele didn’t start out a woman from the water, she was saved by the very gods she once asked for assistance—and in return she became Mami Wata, the mermaid of the sea. There were rules Simi had to obey and usually she was self-assured as to what her duties and roles were when it came to the water. So why was it as she’s swimming among the other creatures of the sea, a young boy was drowning before her very eyes. It was her job to capture his soul and send him on to the next life, but the drowning boy’s eyes opened and scared her half to death. This boy wasn’t dead but was soon about to be. What was she supposed to do with a soul that wasn’t quite ready to leave its host body?
Simi saved his life and as a result was chastised by her god and told that because of her mistake, she was going to set off a chain events that would be detrimental to her and her kind. For Simi to protect the other Mami Wata, she had to venture to the supreme god to atone for her error. But, as Simi begins this journey, she is met with all types of adversities, trials, and tribulations. Someone or something did not want Simi to correct the wrong she committed, but why? That, readers, is where our story takes off and you must read to find out.
I absolutely loved this story. It was written with poetic prose based around African folklore and mythology. With those pairings came a magical story that any reader would enjoy for many hours and days. What an incredible story of love, loss, strength, courage, and independence. This is also the first book in the series, so I can’t wait to see what Simi will do with how the story turned out.
The Sexy Nerd gives Skin of the Sea five more gods to contend with. This story was rich and magical with all types of wonderful characters to learn and grow with. I’d highly recommend this book to any fantasy type of reader. You will not be able to put this book down. Awesome story! Until next time, Nerds, you know what to do!
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