Laura Dockrill makes a dramatic return to the sea set in the same world as the sparkling and magnetic mermaid story, Lorali.
It has been two years since Rory drowned, and Lorali is in Hastings, living the quiet life of a normal teenage girl. But her safe life on land won’t last for long. Life in The Whirl has become a hotbed of underwater politics and as the council jostles to oust the king, one Mer in particular has her eye on Lorali as the key to her own rise to power.
Meanwhile, Aurabel, a lowly Mer from the wrong side of the trench, is attacked by sea beasts and left for dead – and without a tail. Raging with righteous anger, she rebuilds herself a mechanical tail and reinvents herself as a fearless steampunk Mer seeking revenge. But she never expected the most important job that was about to drop into her lap.
I received a copy for a honest review.
Aurabel seamlessly followed on from Lorali, but at the same time it felt very much like a standalone too.The new aspects of power, fighting and cyborg mermaids really worked and helped to create a unqiue aspects of this novel.
Aurabel is a Mer from the poor side of the sea, from the Tip where she lives with her girlfriend Murray. After the closure of the petrified forest by King Zar, a number of monsters crept in making it unsafe for Mer to visit their haven.
Zar is losing the fath of his kingdom. In a effort to win his people Zar consents to reopening the forest provided the monsters are cleared out, bringing in Aurabel for the job. But all does not go as planned when cruel Sienna intervenes, using plucky Aurabel’s demise as the spark for a coup.
Meanwhile, on land Lorali and Flynn mourn the loss of Rory and Iris is slowly slips into illness. Lorali’s sad peace is interrupted by warnings. Rory is in danger?
If you’re looking for a mermaid themed pre-teen or YA novel, I’d recommend it