While the first half of Daniel’s adventure features rapid action, mayhem, and murder, the second half settles into a delicate volley between his present predicaments and the world that existed before that global catastrophe that upended everything (and connects The Other Mermaid to O’Shea’s science fiction/steampunk series, Kingdom of Clockwork.) Daniel teams up with a woman hermit, Deryn, who serves as a research partner, friend, and love interest. Together, they seek answers to questions never meant to be asked, and O’Shea explores the past through a fascinating series of transcriptions from scientists outlining trailblazing research regarding communication between humans and sea creatures.
With a mix of sci-fi and fantasy as well as a splash of romance, O’Shea’s genre-bending mystery captivates with compelling characters, polished prose, and subtle yet ever-present tension. The intrigue into the Angel File mystery keeps a firm grasp on the reader’s attention. Daniel is a well-developed protagonist whose relationship with Deryn allows both characters to express a vulnerability relatable to readers. With themes of love, family, and redemption, O’Shea’s story is a satisfying read for those looking to escape into a future world where myth and folklore become reality.
Takeaway: An accomplished genre-crossed adventure with compelling protagonists set in a future of mythology and mystery.
Great for fans of: Mira Grant’s Into The Drowning Deep, Alexandra Christo’s To Kill A Kingdom.
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