Title: Soul of A Merman
Author: Alana Ankh
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Centuries ago, the sorrow of a spurned mermaid cursed the ocean. Now the fate of the sea rests on the shoulders of her great-nephew, Prince Caspian of Atlantis. Upon inheriting his ancestor’s magical voice, he is also entrusted with breaking her curse by finding true love with a human. But Caspian doesn’t believe love comes at the swish of the tail, at least, not until he meets oceanographer Stefan Firth.
In spite of the bond that forms between them from the beginning, Stefan’s skepticism and his heartbreak over a lost love keep him from even considering a relationship with Caspian. Caspian has no choice but to follow the path his great aunt once did and resort to the Sea Witch’s assistance. He must help Stefan love again if he is to break the curse and bring them their fairytale ending.
Soul of Merman by Alana Ankh was a happy twist on the little mermaid fairy tale (NOT the disney version, but the Hans Christian Andersen version). The story takes place several generation after the original occurrence. The contemporary plot parallels the traditional tale while the characters have changed from a mermaid and a prince, to a merman and an oceanographer.
I love seeing m/f tales converted to m/m romances and I really enjoyed the conversion to the happy ending. I also liked how the author not only gave the character’s a romantic happy ending, but she also implies that the ocean itself will get a happy ending as the characters work to combat the pollution created by humans over the years. However, my one complaint is that while I enjoyed the story, it was so similar to the original, that I found the pace to be too slow, even for a novella. I did enjoy reading this, but for it felt like it was lacking something to keep my attention.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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