I downloaded this book for free after contacting the publisher. I'd seen it advertised and was drawn in by the cover; especially that whale shark looking tail on that merman! Add sharks swimming in the background and I was sold.
This story is about a merman, or rather a Dagonian (a cousin species to the eradicated mer-people), named Xanthus, who is on a mission to bring to justice humans responsible for poisoning the ocean and thus, Dagonians. With the help of some godly magic, he can lose the tail for legs on land, and that's when his troubles begin. You see, there's this woman who thinks she was born disfigured but it turns out her malformed legs are really a tail! And Xanthus, well, he's in love... and that could get them both killed.
RISING was an entertaining read, but I did have to suspend belief a few times to make it work. Mostly because Sara has an actual tail and it's flesh-toned. She sits in a wheelchair and thinks she's disfigured, probably with sirenomelia - a genetic disorder in which a person is born with their legs fused together. This explanation in the book didn't work so well for me because Sara's tail is a perfectly formed and working TAIL. She would have to strap herself into her chair, as she shouldn't have knees (I assume, it's a fantasy book so the author can certainly have merpeople with knees in their tails), and then there is the whole *ahem* bodily orifices tucked into that tail issue. Ok, ok, I know it's a YA book but look at the underside of a whale/shark/dolphin/fish and start asking yourself about the location of ... Er. I'll stop right here. It's a YA book, people! Get your head out of the ink cloud!
All in all, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series.
(review of free book)