by Anita Harris Satkunananthan


by Anita Harris Satkunananthan


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Plucked out of her pod by the Queen Mother of her merkingdom, Regya has been set a task: to take the potentially deadly Mermaid Storytelling Exam. She has been placed in Yrejveree, the mythical island of exiles to which many Amors have brought their Psyches. Regya narrates and weaves together the stories of the island's most famous watermaidens: a ferahian Mer-princess who drowned an alternate Venice, an itinerant Malaysian mermaid with the magical power of song, and Aila da Silva, the current active Psyche. In that telling Regya will also discover the reason behind the war that threatens to engulf the merkingdoms of the Fourfold Realms, a reason that will undermine her own understanding of who she is. The truth is that these Amors are the Fjekres from a fifth Realm. Within the Fjekres society lies an old faction called the Amber Centipedes who are intent on claiming dominion over all of the Fourfold Realms by controlling all of the apertures between worlds. These actions by the Amber Centipedes lead to war in their world. It is a war that creeps into the Fourfold Realms, disrupting life and decimating ecosystems. Can a mermaid armed with the powers bestowed by her storytelling craft, her Javanese engineer housemate, and her mermaid landlady defeat these beings intent on conquest? Can they change the script of the island they love and claim emancipation from the seductive, powerful and eerie Fjekres?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798224480395
Publisher: Watermaidens Press
Publication date: 01/15/2024
Series: Cantata of the Fourfold Realms , #1
Pages: 514
Sales rank: 427,782
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Anita Harris Satkunananthan is an author, poet, critical theorist and Gothic scholar who exists in a perpetual state of unheimlich. Anita writes Gothic fiction, baroque planetary romances and space operas, mythic fantasies and various other forms of hyphenated weird fiction. Anita's publishing credits include: Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, The Dark, Beneath Ceaseless Skies etc. Anita is a 2016 Rhysling Poetry Award nominee.

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