Best Mermaid Books for Fantasy Nerds
Greetings Fantasy Nerds! This week we will be discussing our favorite mermaid books. We hope you enjoy our list, and find a new book to read!
If you’re a fan of the movie The Greatest Showman or enjoy historical fiction, you would enjoy this book. It was an interesting premise for a novel: a real-life mermaid joins up with P.T. Barnum’s show. It makes you ponder the dark side of human nature and what would happen if a mermaid really tried to co-exist with humans. I loved the tension and suspense of some of the moments. I felt the ending to the story was just right.
To Kill a Kingdom
If you enjoy the enemies-to-lovers troupe, then this is the mermaid book for you. The main character is a siren who is cursed by her mother to become human, and the only way to return home is to rip the Prince’s heart from his chest. It’s a tale about nature vs. nurture and whether we can overcome our culture and how we were raised to be better humans. Is there a goodness inside of us that can’t be corrupted? I also think it was interesting how this book added in bits of fables like that of Midas. The concept of royalty using myth to make themselves seem larger-than-life played well into the story of rebelling against the roles we were born into.
Our Vengeful Souls
This novel is about Ursula’s backstory. How did she become the villainous sea witch that tricked Ariel? If you’ve always wanted to know, you should read this book. I love that it weaves the legend of the lost city of Atlantis with Ursula’s story. I found myself empathizing with Ursula’s character, despite knowing what she would become. There is a pull between the desires for revenge and happiness throughout the story that kept me reading.
All the Stars and Teeth Duology
From the very beginning, this story is fast-paced and high-stakes. The protagonist wields a dark and powerful magic called soul magic. Its bloody nature leads her people to fear her when all she wants is to be a good leader. When she loses control during an important ceremony, she must flee her home and go on a quest to prove her worth by saving her kingdom. This series had the most expansive fantasy world out of all the books on this list. This world includes mermaids, one of which joins the crew of protagonists on their quest. There is plenty of action and adventure throughout the books. It kept me up late many nights because I needed to know what happened next. If you enjoy high fantasy and dark magic, then this duology is for you.
The Witch’s Kind
Set in the aftermath of World War II, a woman who lives alone must face many challenges, and be pushed with how much she is willing to sacrifice for what she loves and believes in. From the start of this book, I was sucked in. Without giving away too many spoilers you don’t even know mermaids are a focal point of this tale until fairly far into the story. It is so well written that it caught me by surprise but makes absolute sense. If you read it, which you should, you’ll see what I mean. It’s also a story of the power of women, full of suspense and nail-biting moments where you cannot put the book down. If you enjoy suspense, love, loss, and the undeniable force of women you will love this book!
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