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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Mermuring Maiden is a fantasy novel penned by author Michele Lamar Richards which crosses cultural boundaries in an interesting mix of mythology and fantasy lore. Taking the original concept of beings of the sea versus beings of the land, we find the action taking place in Africa after a prince sires a child with a goddess of the sea. This child and another orphaned boy from the village are taken in by the village’s royal family, but the local medicine man harbors extreme jealousy and a thirst for power. He plans to exploit the exotic nature of the children and drive a wedge between the differing elemental beings for his own personal gain.
Author Michele Lamar Richards not only knows her classic fantasy, myth and fairy tale canons, but she knows how to reinvent and transform them into a higher level of fantasy tale for the modern age. I devoured the highly atmospheric background of Africa for this tale, enjoying the small village setting from a brand new perspective. The magic involved is given its due for explanation and lore, and the sea beings were some of the most beautiful, interesting and occasionally dangerous fantasy people I have ever encountered. The narration immerses you right away and takes you down into the story with compelling dialogue, relatable characters and a strong plot that builds to an even stronger climax. Overall, The Mermuring Maiden is an original take on age-old stories, not to be missed if you love exploring new cultures, magic and unique ideas.