Between the Sea and Stars
by Chantal Gadoury
My rating: 5 stars
Series: The Lena Series - Book 1
Publisher: The Parliament House (March 1, 2018)
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
A Magical Shell
A Girl Who Dreamed Of Something More...
Lena, a Merrow girl, lives in the Skagerrak sea with her father, Carrick and her brother, Javelin who tells her of the legend of the Merrow Queen murdered by her human lover when greed takes over. But what’s worth spilling the queen’s blood? Gifted from Poseidon, himself, a magic shell gives any human the ability to control both land and sea.
When Javelin is called to join a clan of Merrow soldiers bent on protecting their waters from human invasion, Lena resists Merrow law and ventures to the shore with no choice but to swim to land.
With newfound legs, Lena is whisked away on a new adventure with new friends and new trouble. Everyone seems to want something from her as intrigue lurks around every corner.
Trying her best to hide who she is and remain safe from the dangers of the human world, will Lena finally find where she belongs, or will she be swept into a strong and stormy current by lust, greed, and jealousy?
Between the Sea and Stars by Chantal Gadoury
Lena grew up on the tales of the Merrow Queen, the human lover who killed her and the magical shell that could give any human control over both the land and the seas. When her underwater world becomes too constricting, Lena is determined to walk among the humans, but what she finds is so foreign, learning to use her new legs is the least of her worries.
Everyone wants something from her, but who can she trust and who will do anything to gain the power she holds in the shell around her neck? A kindred spirit is closer than she knows, but evil is lurking in the shadows, only one step behind her.
Follow Lena as she learns the ways of man, affairs of the heart and fear of an evil she has never known. Has Lena given up everything she held dear beneath the sea for a foolish dream that has become a terrifying nightmare?
BENEATH THE SEA AND STARS by Chantal Gadoury is a simply delightful fantasy that whisks readers away into another time and place. With all the magic of fantasy and fairytale stories, the sweet innocence of Lena, the darkness of the dastardly villain and the simple goodness of so many characters makes this a memorable journey for all ages!
Ms. Gadoury brings back that feeling of tales from long ago with a spellbinding heroine who clearly is completely out of her depth on land, from human customs to the use of her new legs. Even if you don’t believe in mermaids, you will believe in Lena! This one is a true gem of a read!
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Chantal Gadoury!