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  • 08/2023
  • 979-8-9886530-1-1
  • 352 pages
  • $18.97
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  • 08/2023
  • 979-8-9886530-0-4
  • 352 pages
  • $4.99
Bryn Suddarth
Author
Song of the Dark
In a siren-infested sea, Thomas is the last survivor on a sinking ship, the only sailor unaffected by the sirens’ song. Before he meets his end, the god of the ocean, Mariana, saves him in exchange for his help. Mariana believes Thomas is the only person who can help her find a cure for the siren plague that has infected mermaids around the world. On his journey, Thomas is thrust into the unfamiliar world of magic and discovers it is nothing like he believed it to be. The memory of his first love haunts him, and the infamy of his family name follows him. His comfortable reality slowly crumbles as he and learns his family has been hiding a terrible secret that will forever change his life.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot/Idea: In Suddarth's imaginative novel, Thomas finds himself the only survivor on a sinking vessel and tasked with saving mermaids from a plague. A fantasy with an LGBTQ+ romance at its heart, Song of the Dark will captivate young readers.

Prose: The novel vacillates somewhat awkwardly between Thomas's experiences at sea and his time several months before at the Blackwater Academy, where he grapples with his feelings for another student and with his family's dark legacy. Thomas's offhanded dry humor is a highlight, while the mermaids in the story are beautifully described.

Originality: Mermaids and sirens are familiar fodder, but they inhabit a unique world here–one that is intriguingly woven into the narrative focused on Thomas and his challenges.

Character/Execution: The dramatically different events unfolding between the two timelines can leave readers questioning how the past and present ultimately coalesce. While the fantastical circumstances at sea are fascinating, ultimately, it's the romantic storyline that may leave the strongest impression on readers.

 

Date Submitted: August 01, 2023

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 08/2023
  • 979-8-9886530-1-1
  • 352 pages
  • $18.97
e-book Details
  • 08/2023
  • 979-8-9886530-0-4
  • 352 pages
  • $4.99
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