Skin of the Sea
by Natasha Bowen
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Pub Date 11 Nov 2021 | Archive Date Not set
This is the story of a great love - a love that will threaten worlds and anger Gods.
This is a story that will change history.
Simidele is one of the Mami Wata, mermaids duty-bound to collect the souls of those who die at sea and bless their journeys back home to the Supreme Creator.
But when a living boy is thrown overboard a slave ship, Simi saves his life, going against an ancient decree and bringing terrible danger to the mami wata.
Now Simi must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends - a journey of vengeful gods, treacherous lands and legendary creatures. If she fails, she risks not just the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.
An epic love story infused with West African mythology. For fans of The Gilded Ones, Children of Blood and Bone and Circe, this book is a powerful new imagining of one of history's darkest stories, told through the eyes of a bold and unforgettable heroine.
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As a Mami Wata (a mermaid), Simi’s job is to collect the souls of those who die in the sea, but when Kola is thrown from a slave ship, she chooses to save his life instead. Not knowing there is a decree against this, Simi must find a way to meet the Supreme Creator before the consequences rain upon her and her kind. But fighting against gods isn’t always an easy job.
The book is inspired by West African mythology and I’m honestly shocked that this is a debut novel because it blew me away. The writing is amazing, with the description allowing the book to become a film in my head. I love books based off mythology and loved to hear about the different gods and their roles. I think the author mixed culture, mythology, fiction and facts really well together and never once did I think this was a story that couldn’t have happened. It was just so real, from the characters to the plot, which helped me connect emotionally with the story.
I don’t actually think there was anything that I disliked about the book. The story just flowed really well and I had my heart in my throat at times, especially the end. I think the ending might be a bit marmite for some people because it does leave a sort of open ending. As in there could be another book, but the ending would also suit as a stand-alone.
Honestly, this book was just incredible and if you love The Little Mermaid, you’ll love this book! I generally will be heartbroken if this doesn’t get turned into a film, because people need to hear this story. The author is amazingly talented and I cannot wait to see what her next book brings.
Thank you so much to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for a chance to read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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