Most of the time, mythical creatures and love stories, combined with promising concepts and action, are totally my thing. I crave them, it’s plain and simple.
But such was not the case with this book.
Nadia, a mermaid sort-of-princess (?), is looking for her lost nephew. She feels she’s responsible for losing him in the first place, and when she finally finds a lead, she’s determined to get him back. But Gregor, a man who has sworn to protect the royal heirs – one of whom also happens to be Nadia’s nephew – is standing in her way. Together, they must overcome obstacles not only set by their different races, but also by those who wish to use the child for their own purposes…
I dare say, the concept was really nice. There’s the idea of five gates, magical ones, that are connected to five sisters – my guess is Nadia and her sisters. The baby also has some connection to it all, but I’m not gonna give any spoilers on the matter. Add to that the fact that mermaids are quite a rare sight in adult fiction these days, and you got yourselves a winner.
However, the characters felt a bit… flat, in my opinion. They had a lot of interesting features that could have been explored, but didn’t exactly make it for us to see. Nadia was too stubborn on some matters – namely, her being at fault for the abduction and then deciding for everyone else stuff – and that didn’t do justice to a heroine that could have been so much more. And Gregor was too conveniently fascinated with her kind – though that was his main flaw for me, otherwise the man was pretty much perfect!
My other main concern was the world history. There were parts that I felt were missing, and some things were taken for granted for a world we were trying to get a grasp on – all the while following the story between the characters and the plot developments. At one point I just stopped trying to make sense of it, and it was like having them on a blank canvas – at least it was easier for me to focus on them that way…
I’m not sure whether I should love or hate this book – but I am sure I’ll pick up the next in the series. Maybe it will clear things up a bit for me, who knows?
***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***