April 1, 2018 by ceresbooksworld
Rise of the sea witch by Stacey Rourke
Book one in Unfortunate Soul Chronicles
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Rating: 4 heart
Details of the sea witch’s banishment have been exaggerated. The body count that preempted it was not. Once an illustrious princess, her hands and tentacles were stained with the blood of thousands. No one could comprehend how the hooks of madness dragged her down from her life of privilege. Born Princess Vanessa of Atlantica, the ambitious young royal was one of two children born to the great King Poseidon. She and her brother, Triton, were groomed from birth to rule. Yet only one would ascend that coveted throne. While carefree Triton flits through his training with a cavalier demeanor and beguiling charm, Vanessa’s hunger for her father’s acceptance drives her to push herself to the limits of magic, and combat to become a leader worthy of her people. When war against the humans ravages their once regal kingdom, political sides are chosen. Factions from the seven seas challenge the existing leadership, pitting Vanessa against her brother in a vicious battle for the crown. Traitors are exposed, dark family secrets revealed, and a once strong sibling bond is strained to its breaking point. Only when the ink black waters from the ultimate betrayal rescind, will the truth be known of how the villainous sea witch rose with one name on her vengeful lips–Triton.
I was interested by this story because I like Disney and I like retelling of fairy tales. This one is about Ursea in the little mermaid. It’s a story about a villain who isn’t really one in this book.
Vanessa and Triton are Poseidon’s children, Triton is younger than Vanessa and he doesn’t want to be king one day. Meanwhile, Vanessa want to become a queen, but her father doesn’t have interest in her, he isn’t a good father for her, he doesn’t treat her well. She took blame for Triton’s stupidity, at least she has Alastor, her servant’s son who take care of her and be her friend.
I like Vanessa, she’s a young girl who wants the approbation of her father, she loves her brother and she wants to protect him. She doesn’t always make the good choices and most of all, she trust people and they don’t deserves her trust. She is forced to make some hard choices but she always think about Triton. Sadly I can’t say that Triton is a good brother, I don’t like him, he is a bad guy, it’s his fault if Vanessa became Ursela, he never took care of her, in fact I think he wanted the throne but never admit it. Now he has it and he is awful with his sister.
You can say that I don’t like Triton since the beginning of the book. I liked Amphrite even if I knew that her motives was obscure. Poseidon is an abject father, who didn’t deserves to have Vanessa in his life.
I love Alastor and his mother, they are good people, for Vanessa and even for Triton. It’s not a surprise to say that Alastor will be the love interest in the story. If I have one thing to say it’s that I will have love to see more love interaction between Vanessa and Alastor, they are cute together and I want to see both of them happy.
The story was good, I enjoyed myself and I’m actually reading the second book. I love the fairy tales characters and Stacey Rourke has a vivid imagination for all mermaids things. It was nice to read a story who took place in Atlantica with Mermaids.
Quick Word: A really good adventure to read.
About the author
Stacey Rourke is the award winning author of works that span genres, but possess the same flare for action and snarky humor. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.