“The full moon hovered in the starry sky, casting a wide pearly gleam over the glassy green water. A dark shadow I’m sure was a bat zipped past me with a leathery noise. As I surveyed the scene, a spot of white against the dark rocks below me caught my eye. I took a sharp breath. Impossibly, there was a boy down there, sitting on a small rock off the shore, looking up at me.”
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Today I’m reviewing Shearwater: Ocean Depths Book One by D.S. Murphy.
I’ll be honest, I read this book simply because it promised me a mermaid.
Shearwater is book 1 in Murphy’s Ocean Depths series and, in my opinion, a great hook into a promising story. It is told in the first person POV by Clara a high school student and hopeful opera singer. The story opens with her finding out her parents have both been killed in an accident just after the best performance of her life, the one her parents were to attend and celebrate with her. She has no one to turn to until she’s informed that she has a grandfather in Ireland, a father her mother never mentioned. The adventure she will embark upon when she goes to live with him will involve much more than meeting a long lost grandfather and settling into a new culture. It will change everything she thought she knew and believed about the world around her.
Murphy is a book designer and student who writes YA novels. He is deeply interested in the supernatural and studied a wide range of subjects before deciding to write. You can find out more about him at his website, UrbanEpics.
I’ll be honest, I read this book simply because it promised me a mermaid. I needed to identify with my own kind, learn the lore and know what it was like to be one. (I don’t actually think I am mermaid, in fact I can’t even swim. An obvious handicap for a mermaid, but I am obsessed with them and it gives people pause when I tell them I am one.) I got so much more than I bargained for in this book.
Murphy’s research and storytelling are amazing. He weaves myth and legend, all true by the way, into a story that will keep you captivated and turning pages far longer than you intend to. He uses the superstitious and magical beliefs of Ireland, and the stories that birthed them to weave a tale of merfolk and their dealings with humans. He does it so artfully that sometimes it’s hard to tell who you should root for and who you should worry about.
I loved this story. (Of course I don’t waste my time reviewing stories I didn’t love, I put them down and move on. And trust me, there are more than a few of them.) I loved the main character, Clara and her believable teenage ways. She’s quiet with her newfound grandfather, reticent and unwilling to lean on him. She’s rebelliously independent and very likely to put herself in trouble’s way because of it. I found her easy to identify with and love from the beginning.
I’m very much looking forward to book 2 coming out, though I haven’t found any predictions on his website.
Shearwater is available at Amazon. It is currently part of the kindleunlimited program. If you prefer to buy it, you can. It is $3.99 for the Kindle version and $15.51 for the paperback.
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