Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Book Review: Fire of the Sea by Lyndsay Johnson

Fire of the Sea
by Lyndsay Johnson

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Purchase Link: Amazon


Sharp, sleek, and golden. Like the dagger she has worn since childhood, eighteen-year-old Aeva is all three of these things. But there is something else that this mermaid and her prized weapon share – they are both hunted.

Hidden within the caves off Iceland’s dark shore, Aeva waits to take her place as the next ruler of the Meriads. But when Aeva uses her potent and alluring song to save a drowning human, she disrupts a delicate balance. Realizing she has unexpectedly bound herself to Gunnar, Aeva is torn between duty and love.

Aeva severs one life to begin another, and soon finds herself not only rejected by the sea, but also stalked by an old enemy. As the worlds of myth and man intertwine, Aeva will challenge fate to protect her own sacred relic and the man she loves.

But legends and lies cast an intricate net. With time and safety quickly unraveling for Aeva and Gunnar, there is only one clear course: Find and defeat Delphine before she can shift again.

Lyndsay Johnson’s writing easily slipped me out of reality and into an enticing world underneath the sea. Her descriptions are vivid and I was excited to learn about the different water creatures and their in-depth backgrounds. Fire of the Sea begins with a bang and is a wonderful ride of beauty and mystery until the very end.

While the story is text heavy, I never found any moments dull or uninteresting. There are colorful characters, breathtaking environments, and an extensive plot that kept me happily reading.

The main character is 18-year-old Aeva who is an integral part of her Meriad family. Just when everything seems to be falling into place for Aeva, something unbelievable happens to the mermaid. She saves a human – a race that she is forbidden to interact with. This changes everything and Aeva feels love for this human, Gunnar.

Love is usually a sweet thing, but it’s complicated for these two. One is from the land and the other from the sea. Throw in a shape shifter who is hunting down Aeva for her sacred dagger and you have a thrilling tale.


Lyndsay grew up in the wide expanses of Texas, where the only thing stronger than the accents was the state pride. An over-active imagination, tale-telling father, and encouraging librarian mother lead to her love of all things creative.

When it comes to books on her bedside table, young adult lit has always been a favorite (Blue Balliett, Libba Bray, and Stephenie Meyer, to name a few.) But it was actually an old, yellowing copy of Scandinavian Folk and Fairy Tales that planted a particularly relentless seed. Shapeshifters and sea nymphs began forming the seed of an idea that would eventually grow into Lyndsay’s debut novel, Fire of the Sea.

When she is not writing, you can find Lyndsay spending time with her family in the Rocky Mountains of Utah. She enjoys sitting in dark theaters, trying new gluten-free recipes, watching breaking storms over the peaks out her window, and secret naps.


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