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The Mermaid's tale is craftily written. It is fresh, and offers a new perspective on the fantastic realm of fantasy.Valdron weaves a world that is unreal, and yet believable, and it drags you through the veil by gripping your imagination and hauling you in before you know what is happening. I almost did not get this book, as I am NOT a fan of mermaid stories. I always picture Ariel from Disney or Madison from Splash, and that is not my cuppa. However, this is not a fishy wishy girly tale. No, it is a grim dark tale of revenge an redemption.
The main character is basically an or, called an Arukh, who is tasked with solving the death of a memaid. She is known for her sleuthing skills, although the HOW she is known for this is never revealed, and embarks on a quest to solve the murder. Her travels take her to some dark places, and some races that while they may seem like a standard fantasy troupe at first, quickly prove that this is not something you would expect in standard fantasy.
Valdron's prose style is somewhat simplistic, but that is because you are seeing things from the POV of an orc, so don't expect Shakespeare. Do expect to get drawn in, and wanting to find the killer more than the MC. Do expect a fantastic, well paced, perfectly executed plot. You will hate to see this book end, and will most definately want to get mre from Valdron.
Iannucci's narration isn't bad, but she could have put a little more into the story as things happened, still, her cadence is almost hypnotic, and she conveys the emotions that the MC goes through quite well.
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