Raef, a lonely merman, spends his days watching the dashing Lord Haverford from afar and dreaming of love. When Haverford is robbed by a pirate, Raef vows to reclaim the stolen goods, hoping his victory will buy him the happiness he yearns for with Haverford.
But Jon Kemp does not match what Raef knows about pirates, and the simple quest Raef anticipated turns out to be an epic journey. For while Jon might be a nobler man than Raef believed, he's still a pirate. Love and loyalty are not on Jon's agenda, and he certainly has no plans to love someone not entirely human ...
|Publisher:||Less Than Three Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)|
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The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate by Kay Berrisford is about a young merman named Raef who grew up hearing stories from his mother about mermaids falling in love with lovely princes who would wisp them away and take them to a castle of gold Hearing all these stories of what he thought was true love, Raef decided that one day he was going to find himself a prince and be happily married. The only problem was that as he grew up, the leader of his tribe declared love to be nonexistent and that interaction with humans was against the law. Deciding not to put up with this, Raef runs away to find his dear prince. After searching, he finds a man, Haverford, whom he thinks is royalty and decides that he is in love. On the day he was going to tell him about his love, a pirate steals something from Haverford. Raef decides to get the item back and goes after the pirate, but after meeting the pirate, he finds that maybe pirates aren’t so bad after all and learns that Haverford isn’t the man he thought he was. Raef then gets tangled in a web of lies and deceit that surround the Haverford family and must side with the handsome pirate to help bring back what was stolen from a young woman. To begin, this story, I don’t think, was very well executed. It had a lot of potential but the characters felt flat, didn’t seem to change, and were very flaky. For example, Raef was easily persuaded to love Haverford because he thought he was beautiful. There was nothing that he did to make him fall in love and it felt like Raef was very superficial. He then falls in love with the pirate because he too is handsome, but also kinder than he thought a pirate would be. It seemed to me, though, that he fell in love with the pirate more for his looks than his personality. Raef also wasn’t that strong of a character. He was easily persuaded by people’s looks and didn’t seem to stand up for himself. Haverford was also a weak villain, taking advantage of everyone in the city. He didn’t seem to have an reason to be evil other than his family was evil too. I like a villain with depth, not just a cardboard cutout of a bad guy. There is also a scene that has a flashback, but it was a flashback for someone else, not the main character. This broke the flow and the information could have been easily given another way that didn’t feel out of place. I was definitely confused… The description was good and I was able to picture every setting that Raef was in. The plot had great potential, but it needed better characters to support it. All in all, I give this story a 2.8/5. Note: this is a romance story between men and has some graphic scenes. I would recommend this for only readers over 18. Original review posted on A Bibliophile's Reverie.
Mermans? Pirates? Together? I found my love. The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate is exceptional story told by old fairy tale style. It's an adventure that took me to under the sea and the England's coast with full of mermans, mermaids and pirates - and there's lords and ladys, too, without forgetting cruesome villains. Berrisford is master of words and she tells stunning story about adventure, love and finding your own place in the world. From the very first page, the story took its hold on me and I couldn't anything else than read it - or think of it when I was half forced to do something else. Wonderful characters made this adventure even more enjoyable. Raef is a true sweetheart and his innocence that came with not knowing much about humans and their customs was adorable. He's also brave and loyal, and Raef goes through the biggest character developement during the story. The way how he grows and stands for himself, how he doesn't just sit there and wait for someone to save him but tries to save himself. I also adored how Raef and Jon Kemp were equals and how neither of them tried to leave other outside of their dangerous adventures. Jon Kemp is a honourable pirate, Berrisford made it possible, and I loved his character almost as much as I did love Raef. And together they were quite close to perfection. Berrisford also created some intriguing supporting characters that made the story colourful and even more lively; such as Cecilia, Sarah, George and of course, the villains of the story. For me, The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate was a lovely adventurous story that I couldn't help but love. The only thing I'd like to change is how long the book is - I'd loved to read more and just below two hundred pages wasn't enough for me. Otherwise the story had everything I hope for a book: great, multifaced characters, intriguing setting and wonderful idea behind the story, plot, talented author and emotions behind the words. Yes, feelings. My heart skipped a beat a couple of times during Raef's journey and I lived every moment with him. And this story came to stay with me for a long time. Exceptional. Stunning. I'd be more than happy to read another book from this 'verse, for sure. I ordered my own physical copy right after finishing the book. I warmly recommend you to do so, too.