Source: Melanie Karsak/Audiobook Blast – I received this in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Clockpunk Press/Audible
Narrator: Kristen James
Edition: Audiobook, 3 hour and 20 mins
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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A mermaid princess destined to wed a handsome king…
It sounds like a fairy tale, but the reality is far murkier.
Ink, Princess of the Florida Atlantic mers, is slated to wed the ancient enemy of her tribe, the King of the Gulfs. After years of war that led to countless mer deaths, as well as the genocide of aquatic shapeshifters and the freshwater mers of Florida, Ink’s marriage will bring lasting peace.
Or so it seems.
Mere hours before she’s supposed to leave the ocean for her customary year as a drywalker, Ink meets Hal, an alligator shifter who warns her that a storm is brewing. There is malicious intent behind Ink’s marriage—and worse, meeting Hal has also caused a storm to rage in Ink’s heart. Nevertheless, loyal to her tribe, Ink will put aside her feelings and journey to Miami to marry the decadent King Manx.
Ink soon learns that her only hope of surviving the crashing force swelling around her is to tap into a power deep inside—a forbidden power that might destroy them all.
Ink is novella with a surprising amount of substance! At only 3 hours in length ( 124 pages) Melanie Karsak manages to fit in enough of a story that I felt completely fulfilled at the end, though definitely hungry for more!
It’s been a long time since my last mermaid book, mostly because like angel books I tend to end up with some sort of issue. But Ink was one that knocked it out of the park and made me wish that this was a series instead of a novella. The story starts off in the literal deep end, with Ink a mermaid as she struggles to find her cousin amid a vessels illegal fishing. Right away I loved her. She is not some pretty woman with a fish tail who sits about and bats her eyelashes at men on boats, her instincts make her want to drag them into the water they are slowly destroying and end them entirely. These are the sort of mermaids I need in my life. And I’m happy to say she stays that fearsome and independent, even with the introduction of a possible love interest. I will admit that portion of the story needed a bit more time to get use to, but I didn’t feel like it detracted from the enjoyment overall. I loved the lore involved and the different types of mermaids, and the fact that it didn’t just end with mermaids but included other water faring creatures like shapeshifters of unconventional means. And this is by no means half a story, we get the whole thing and it actually didn’t feel all that rushed along plot wise. It does go without saying that I would have love to have a full 300 page book with Ink and the others, but this novella was definitely a great read without the additional 200 pages.
The narrator was really great as well and I enjoyed her voice and pacing. I wasn’t too fond fond of the voice for mermaid king of the Gulf though, but only because it was a bit too obvious a voice for a somewhat spoiled King.
I really enjoyed Ink and I’m definitely going to check out the other books in this novella group (by other authors) and see how they go.