Author - Terra Harmony
Series - The Painted Maidens Trilogy #1
Genre - YA Fantasy Mermaids
Published - Nov 7 2013
Publisher - Patchwork Press
Format - Kindle review copy
Fifteen-year-old Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, slowly eating away at the once thriving underwater landscape. But since the night of Serena’s birth, it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the Undine, now seek to eliminate all who dwell in the ocean — and Serena is about to find herself right in the middle of the deadly conflict.
Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, Serena is determined to make things right for her people. When she ventures to The Dry, she meets Liam, the werewolf with hazel eyes, and her whole world gets turned upside down. As Serena discovers the real history between werewolves and mermaids, she is left wondering who her true enemies are.
I received The Rising in return for an honest review via the publisher Patchwork Press Via NetGalley. Serena is the youngest maiden in her caste which is also the last caste they have had due to the massacre that happened on the beach sixteen years prior. Upon reaching maturity they will graduate and hopefully be paired but the threat is still looking on the dry beach. It was the massacre that made Serena has grown up as an orphan always being different her home is dying she’s been looking for answer or solutions.
As the pairing grows closer she is caught meddling which is a serious crime for the Undine forcing her to go on trial and be given the job of werewolf liaison. Serena is determine to figure out why the wolves hate them so much because they were created to protect the Undine. While on land she befriends a young werewolf the son of the leader who is dead set on revenge against the Undine king. As Serena dives deeper into the mysteries revolving around her people and the wolves she learns secrets that will change her life forever.
I like Serena she’s stubborn but has a good head on her shoulders. I found her character interesting she’s one of my favorite mermaids because she doesn't just have a tail. I actually like Liam’s character I found him interesting and would love to see more of him. I’m still on the fence with Kai but we will see in the next book. I honestly was spellbound by the story the characters are easy to connect with you can’t help cheering them on and feeling Serena’s emotional roller-coaster.
The Rising is a captivating story about unique mermaids and the wolves that once protected them. I found the concept for how the Undine use their scales really cool. I like the idea of being able to shift into human and then shift your scales from colored to skin color. I was engrossed in the book, it was hard to put down even when the hubby wanted to watch a movie I was sneaking peaks at my kindle. The book is fast paced filled with action that keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very end, add in a little romance and mystery for the perfect balance. The author has written a beautiful story that sparks the imagination. I loved everything about the story and can’t wait for the next one to see what happens to both Serena and Liam as their stories unfold. This is my first book by the author but I know I’ll be checking out her other books.
5 out of 5 stars