Review: Skin of the Sea
Title: Skin of the Sea
Series: Skin of the Sea#1
Author: Natasha Bowen
Release Date: November 2nd, 2021
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Find it here: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads: A way to survive.
A way to serve.
A way to save.
Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata--a mermaid--collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home.
But when a living boy is thrown overboard, Simi does the unthinkable--she saves his life, going against an ancient decree. And punishment awaits those who dare to defy it.
To protect the other Mami Wata, Simi must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. But something is amiss. There's the boy she rescued, who knows more than he should. And something is shadowing Simi, something that would rather see her fail. . . .
Danger lurks at every turn, and as Simi draws closer, she must brave vengeful gods, treacherous lands, and legendary creatures. Because if she doesn't, then she risks not only the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.
My Review: I loved that this book took an untraditional route in representation. Representation that isn't just skin color but also included African mythology and celebrated black culture. Though that topic is hard I think the author did a fantastic job with it. I liked the writing, which was beautiful and the fantasy world that Bowen created. I didn't love the characters as much as I would have liked too though and I found the beginning was a slow while the ending left a lot to be desired. I know its a series but I just didn't love the way it ended.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*