Legend says if you consume the heart of a mermaid, you will know all of a man's secrets
Ailin doesn't care if the legend is true or not - she's stuck in a crate on her way to feature as the main course at a lavish banquet. Her heart to be served while still beating for a cruel noble while the rest of her is sliced into sashimi. Unless she can escape.
Across the ocean, Fenton longs for a different release. Sold as a child by men who labelled him a mistake, a failed experiment. Except he has one valuable skill, he can summon the dreaded kraken. Bought by a pirate, he has only known life at sea, wielded as a tool by the captain.
Two lives collide when the pirates capture the vessel holding Ailin. The kraken holds the key to Ailin's freedom but in summoning the beast one last time, Fenton must choose between losing his life or his heart...
About the Author
Today, Anita writes historical fantasy novels from her home in rural New Zealand.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don't read much steampunk pirate stories only because they are really hard to find and don't always turn out that great for me, but this was a pleasant surprise to read. Reading the blurb totally convinced me this would be a treat. I absolutely fell in love with this tale and with the characters. Fenton is the kind of guy you'd want on your side in a pickle, which for Ailin who's in a huge dilemma, he's just the man she needs. She's a mermaid and on her way to be served up to a royal for her heart. People believe if you eat the heart of a mermaid, you will know all the secrets of men. Fenton and Ailin are an amazing pair, both tethered to others in a most interesting way. Neither is free to do what they'd like to do, even love each other. The intricate storytelling, worldbuilding, and characterizations were amazing in this story. Filled with gadgets, magic, pirates and regulators, it was an action filled, intense drama that you must see play out to the very end. I can't wait to read more about the Darjee world and its inhabitants. It'll be a fantastical ride for sure.