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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
“Drowning Mermaids” by Nadia Scrieva is an excellent, well-thought-out novel – book one in a series of three, already published. As the title suggests, the story features mermaids. These mermaids look exactly like humans, with two legs rather than the tail we have come to expect. In fact, they suggest they should be taxonomically classified as Homo sapiens marinus. Their two primary advantages over the rest of us humans are: they can breathe under water as well as above water; and they have extraordinarily long lives, spanning hundreds of years. But all is not well under the sea, and our main characters have come ashore to earn money and purchase weapons on the black market, preparatory to an anticipated attack from another band of aggressive mermaids. Why do they suspect they are about to be attacked? Can they earn enough money in time to purchase the weapons they need? What "marketable skill" can they possibly have?
I was frankly astonished after finishing this novel to learn from her bio that Nadia was born in 1988, and just graduated from college with honors in 2011. I have to give her a great deal of credit: Nadia created such realistic personalities that I felt somewhat attracted to the main female character. Considering she was 608 years old, that’s saying something! Her characters are not simply well developed, but they came alive on the pages of this book. The author astutely weaved several sub-plots into the fabric of this story, each of which furthered my interest in the overall story. I have only read the first of these three novels, but I will read the next two for my own enjoyment. I invite you to join me, if you are intrigued by the concept of entire ethnic groups of aquatic humans living in our midst for eons. I highly recommend this book, and expect to recommend the next two books in this series as well.