Review of ‘The Seafarer’s Kiss’

the seafarer's kiss
The Seafarer’s Kiss
Julia Ember
Duet Books

The Seafarer’s Kiss is a retelling of the classic little mermaid tale incorporating Norse Mythology and challenging the place of women in a male-dominated world.

Literature is such a powerful foundation to express meaningful and relevant ideas. The Seafarer’s Kiss does that, The concept of the novel takes a place of the women in the world, in a male-dominated world, In the mermaid, kingdom women are only worth how many offspring they can produce.

It’s a powerful message for the reader as Ersel challenges these ideas as she fights the system and her place in society in her small ways. She’s such a powerful character who challenges the world she lives in, going so far as to make a deal with the danger of escaping her world.

The Seafarer’s Kiss isa powerful novel that takes such a spin on the tale of the little mermaid with powerful and relevant concepts being challenged. And with the addition of Norse mythology and the trickster Loki, the novel offers surprising twists and turns to the character. They challenge the character and her wants and needs, her desires, and what she is willing to risk in order to make her dreams come true. She makes some bad choices, some of which hurt other people, but that doesn’t make her a bad person, it makes her human and relatable.

Final Thoughts

For most of The Seafarer’s Kiss, it’s strong, but nearing the end it starts to fall apart just a bit. It’s clear that the scenes are supposed to be reflections of Ersel’s actions, but the structure of these scenes just doesn’t fit with the novel. The tone feels out of place, rough around the ages and it doesn’t flow as the rest of the novel flows. It almost feels as though the novel should have ended before those scenes.

There was closure, there was a resolution and a revelation making everything that came after it just filler. Overall it’s a very good novel that not only challenges relevant concepts and fights against them but also allows for inclusivity by portraying an LGBT relationship with thoughtful consideration. It’s full of amazing twists and turns and great character development.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Product Details:

Pub Date: March 7, 2017Page Count: 224ppAge Range: 12 & Over
ISBN: 978-1-9450-5320-7Publisher: Interlude PressList Price: $15.99

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