The Mermaids Melt at Dawn
by Grendolyn Peach Soleil
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: July 19, 2020
Publisher: Grendolyn Peach Soleil
Genre: Fantasy folklore
Print Length: 112 pages
Available from: Amazon
The Mermaids Melt at Dawn is a dark fairy tale from the bayou with a merfolk twist, but it is not a fairy tale for children. It is a genre-bending journey for adults and an homage to fairy tales and mythology of old.
Meet Rok, a rowdy Cajun, who hunts monsters in the swampland. From the cradle, Rok remembers hearing the legend of Barbiche Island where mermaids surf the seas and grant the wishes of a few lucky men. While it may appear to be an innocent story about childhood dreams, the swamp hags and sea witches of old remind us that appearances can be deceiving.
Each yarn dives deeper into the supernatural where mysteries abound and strange things happen. Rok's obsession with Barbiche Island steers him on a nautical adventure where he battles the most powerful mermaid, but Rok is not the only creature with a story to tell. Barbiche Island is home to a pair of warring mermaid sisters, power-hungry Poseidon, petulant gods, and other mysterious monsters. The mermaids of Barbiche Island sing of love, survival, and betrayal, but will they answer the burning question? Why do the mermaids melt at dawn?
The Mermaids Melt at Dawn by Grendolyn Peach Soleil
Almost dreamlike in its presentation, THE MERMAIDS MELT AT DAWN is a dark fairy tale that has all of the atmosphere of the supernatural mysteries of the swamplands as legends of merfolk come to life. From warring mermaid sisters to the determination of a young Cajun man and his fascination with a mystical island, Barbiche, where it was said the mermaids sang their victims into their clutches.
Heavily peppered with the dialogue of the region, I found myself pulled out of the story to understand what was said, but Grendolyn Peach Soleil has still done a remarkable job of transporting readers into a world where magic and myth meet. A wonderful way to be transported into another place, another realm of possibilities and imagination until what is real and what is imagined become blurred as oen young man ferrets out the truth behind the monsters that haunt his family!
A relaxing way to leave the world behind for a time!
I received a complimentary copy from Grendolyn Peach Soleil! This is my honest and voluntary review.