Harry Potter enchanted Wizards, Drowning Mermaids enchanted Mermaids. The vivid imagery and sharpness of the characters put you right into the story. I finished this book being thankful to live in Florida, because I wanted to take a swim! The author has a way of breathing life into the experiences you read about in the story that is utterly invigorating. In the way that Rowling ruffled our imagination with the possibility that wizards live among us and maybe *we* could be a wizard, Nadia has done this with Mermaids. The author keeps this majestic story grounded with roots based on fact, you can tell she put her research hat on in writing this story. I cannot wait to see where Aazuria's story goes with the groundwork that has been laid in this novel. I guess this is not the kind of thing you judge a book on, but it was so refreshing to read a thesaurus of the coolest, prettiest names I will ever come across in my life! I could not put this book down (or minimize it :P)! Reading it was an adrenaline rush from beginning to end with many twists characteristic of the author's work. The delicate relationship of Aazuria and Trevain was beautiful and dramatic! To truly appreciate the story and the characters, you really just have to dive in!
There's no way I could possibly do this novel justice. Fire is an accurate element to be associated with this book. The girls (mostly Pax) have gone through so much that they have do deal with the raw emotion of it all and they can be angry, vengeful, and seductive. The action is quite consistent; and like Drowning Mermaids there's a lot of secrets sure to cause drama down the road.
As with her other novels, the author is sublime at articulating relate-able feelings underneath all of the energy, telekinesis, spells, all of that. The author does not hold back the betrayal fury -- and I love that! Too often reactions to betrayal are helplessness, it's nice to have some anger. I really enjoyed the relate-ability of the relationships. You have the relationship between the girls, the relationship between the guys, and the familial (friends) relationship between them all that each have their own redeeming and not-so redeeming qualities that underlay every action.
Whenever the girls merge, you're on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what they're going to do in this thirty minutes and if they will get out of there in time! As always, the author paints out vivid scenes that immerse you for hours.