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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 Mermaids. But when Aeva uses her potent and allurSharp, 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 Mermaids. 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 legend 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....

Title : Fire of the Sea
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Fire of the Sea Reviews

  • Vanessa
    2019-04-14 15:54

    Fire of the Sea is an enchanting read! One of my favorite things to read about is mythology and the way it was written in this book was fantastic. The mythology in this novel was compelling and I love the way it was told. There was so much to learn about Meriads and the rest of the creatures that live above and below sea. Aeva was a great female lead and I loved the way she was written. The words kept me hooked and I didn't want to stop reading. Aeva definitely grows as a character throughout the book. She starts off as a young sheltered meriad but becomes strong and independent. She has to go through quite a few challenges throughout the book but Aeva had many friends that supported her. Her friends definitely felt genuine. Gunnar was interesting as well and the relationship between the two of them was enjoyable to read.I haven't read much about mermaids or any of the creatures of the sea but I enjoyed reading about them in this book. Like I said before, it was enchanting. The words flowed easily and the book was difficult to put down, especially near the end. There were some surprises but the ending wrapped up nicely. Fire of the Sea is a book that I recommend you check out because you won't want to miss it! Intriguing and Compelling!

  • ✿
    2019-04-06 19:56

    ☆ I received an RC via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆Fire of the Sea solidified on why I love mermaid reads in the first place! HeheAs a young girl, Aeva finds herself not only alone, but also the future ruler of the Meriads.With a tragic attack that claimed the lives of both of her parents, ten years pass, and now 18-year old Aeva finds herself having to make some truly hard decisions that lay course for not only her life, the balance between the land and sea, but also the future of her people.Love, honor, duty. What would you choose?And when an old evil arises, how will she survive this entity once more?Loved this tale and its integration of taking risks, making choices and being the person you were born to be! As well as themes of romance, mythology and folklore!

  • Sage Adderley-Knox
    2019-04-24 20:52

    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 her 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.

  • Dreamer
    2019-03-31 19:03

    I love the cover! It really made me want to read the book. I love The Little Mermaid, even if the "true" story always makes me cry.Fire of the Sea is a young adult fantasy story full of mythology. It is very interesting, but sometimes it seems there is too much information at the same time. I felt the story needed more room to fully develop, it would have made a great series.Aeva belonged to the royal family, and she lost her parents when they were attacked. She was only 8 years old at the time, but managed to escape alive. She was hidden by her people and had to return to her kingdom when she became 18, but before that happened, she saved a man from drowning and fell in love with him.They came from different worlds and danger was around them. Would their story have a happy ending? I'm not telling you.(I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)

    2019-04-11 14:55 I have a confession - When I saw those so beautiful cover I said to myself ...hmm.... I must read this book. I just couldn't stand the idea of not putting my hands on it. Now add to this the subject of sea, mermaids, selkies and i fell completely under it's spell. Now to the reading -Lyndsay Johnson’s wrote the plot through the eyes of the eighteen-year-old Aeva. we feel what she feel, see what she see and think what she think. the description of the under world of the Nordic ocean is amazing. It can make you feel like staying underneath in the watery world of the sea . The plot start in a prolog : Aeva is eight years old, she and her parents and their retinue on a journey. Suddenly the water get dark, the visionary is limit and under it an attack, there is a fierce battle. under her mother golden hear little Aeva strain to see what happen. On her hand she feel her armlet tighten painfully. All she see can see in the gloom is the hovering wall of smooth, dark tails encircling her family.Suddenly she feel her mother trusting into her hand a smooth golden dagger, while saying: “This will be your guide. Let it not control your actions, but aid them.” And then, she suddenly finds herself alone, facing the seas greatest monster who is on the hunt for a prized treasure. With all the force of the ocean she cry out , summoning a shield of water around her. In the Call her young voice who flood the Nordic Seas with its silvery, haunting sound, commanding the waters, and halting the slightest currents. When all stand still she see that only she and a giant black octopus left alone and the octopus want the fire of the sea. When it plunge its arms to take it, the dagger in her hand shocks her toward the coming beast. and sinks deep into the soft crease just behind a glacial blue eye. Writhing in pain, the creature coils in on itself, shrinking, flails and howls. At the same time Aeva dart between the white suckers on her spiraling arms and retrieve her dagger.Now 10 years latter we meet as 18 years old Aeva, and just when everything seems to be falling into place, something unbelievable happens. She saved a human – a race that she is forbidden to interact with. This changes everything and Aeva feels love for this human, Gunnar. And Aeva the mermaid that must make a choice between duty and love. She choose to sever one life her connection to mother ocean and to her royal Inheritance, to begin another. she chose love and land over reign over the Nordic seas. Soon she finds herself not only rejected by the sea, but also stalked by her old enemy - the shape shifter Delphine, that she first encountered as the black monstrous Octopus.Delphine is demigoddess, mean, is only part goddess, and she desires immortality. She believe she will acquire immortality with the fire of the sea, and she'll everything in her power to get it.“How can Delphine truly be defeated? Like her father, the Greek demigod Proteus of the sea, if you bind her through three consecutive shifts of her form, she will lose all power. (see explanation below) Gunnar Viggoson - is the human that Aeva saved from drowning. Then it was the second time the she used her voice in the call on purpose to revive him. His great love is to built viking ships as they used to do it in the past. But Gunnar himself is a descendent from the gods through his Viking lineage. His Icelandic forefathers who hail from the kings of Norway—beloved to be the true sons of the Norse gods.Along the book, Aeva mature learning to trust her inner self and the right characters around her. She will challenge fate to protect her own sacred relic and the man she loves. and all while, the worlds of myth (Nordic and Greek) and man and man inheritance (Vikings) intertwine. The Setting - the fjords and the shores of Iceland and the ice caves of Greenland.The book is a great summer read. The language is clean fit for young and old .Njord is the God of the wind and fertility as well as the sea and merchants at sea and therefore was invoked before setting out to sea on hunting and fishing expeditions. He is also known to have the ability to calm the waters as well as fire.Njord, one of the Vanir gods, was first married to his sister Nerthus and had two children with her, Frey and Freya. His second wife was Skadi (Skade), a Giantess. When Skadi’s father was killed by the Aesir she was granted three “acts” of reparation one of which was to let her choose a husband from among the gods. She was allowed to pick her new husband but the choice had to be made by looking only at the feet. She picked Njord by mistake, assuming his feet belonged to Balder. Njord and Skadi could not agree on where to live. She didn’t like his home Noatun at the Sea, and he didn’t like hers Trymheim, in the mountain with large woods and wolves, so they lived the first half of the year in Noatun and the other half in Trymheim. In the story, the Meriads claim Njord of the Vanir gods, as their forefather.Selkie (Selurs) is a word for ‘seal’ found in modern Shetland, Orkney, Caithness and Moray dialects (in Cromarty also sealchie). In Faroese and Scottish mythology selkies (or silkies) are seals who can take the human form when they take off their seal skin. “The Selurs claim Jötunn Ægir, the sea giant, as their forefather. Both Jötunn Ægir and Njord , are gods of the sea, as the selurs and the meriads are not of the same birth, they belong to different kingdoms but they are allies, if not kin. The dagger was made from the very sword that was carried by Heimdall, grandson of the god Ægir. The selurs share the same lineage with Delphine, through the goddess Atla. Atla the daughter of Ægir, is the mother of both Heimdall and Delphine. The Father of Delphine is the Greek demigod Proteus of the sea.

  • Sage Knightly
    2019-04-23 21:09

    *I received an ebook version of this from XpressoReads in exchange for an honest review.**This is also posted on my blog, Library of BooksRating: 4.5/5I don’t read books about mermaids often, mainly because whenever I indulge in one I’m usually left feeling unsatisfied, but also because they tend to follow the line of The Little Mermaid. I’m not saying all do, but from what I’ve read that’s the truth. Fire of the Sea really surprised me though.I requested this one because I was craving some fantasy (which for the longest time was my favourite genre) and it sounded different enough, right? I hadn’t read about mermaids -since what, 3 years ago?- and so I though I’d give it a try. I honestly did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did, but I’m glad it turned out better then I thought. It is a great mix of mythology, fantasy, romance, and action. There’s mysteries and secrets and deceit, and I loved piecing everything together. Most of the time, my predictions came moments before the events, and not chapters before. It was nice.The way mythology was entwined to fit the story, to help explain about the existence of mermaids and other sea creatures, was just wonderful. It feels like it could be a real world, a real life! Well, obviously it isn’t, but if it could, if mermaids were to truly exists, this book would be the perfect example. The different species such as the Mermaids and the Selurs and the Nixies and the Selkkie, are all so well written and explained. I enjoyed the information about different Gods, about Gunnar’s lineage, about Aeva’s lineage, and just the story itself. The world building is great and the characters are easy to fall in love with.Aeva started off scared of any danger, freezing in place in fear, all because her mind was stuck replaying the time when she was eight and Delphine killed her entire family. Aeva was lucky to get away. By then end of the book, she is strong, confident, more knowledgeable and mature, and she can fight if she needs to. I enjoyed watching her grow and shape into a stronger character. Gunnar was trying hard not to accept his true place, trying hard to think all mythical creatures are just that: myths. By then end of the book? He has embraced his lineage and true place, has become more confident and strong, and he also came out more knowledgeable. I enjoyed watching their relationship blossom. It was rather quick, but I understand how the bond works and so I had very little problems with it. Plus, they make an adorable couple. Just saying.All in all, my thoughts on mermaid books have changed, the writing is great, the characters are great, the plot is great, and I really enjoyed reading Fire of the Sea. I recommend this to lovers of fantasy, romance, mermaids, mythology and maybe even action.

  • Carson
    2019-03-28 16:02

    Perhaps you might like this book if you are 12 and haven't experienced a story so beautiful tears stream down your cheeks at random times. There are three main things I look for in a story: complex characters that evolve and have depth, a plot that twists more than once, and a world that is believable. This book just grazed the surface of those three keys to literature. Let my explain myself… Before I get into the things I wish I could change about this story, first let me say that I did enjoy her descriptions of the scenery. However, decent imagery is not going to cut it in the grand scheme of things. THE CHARACTERS: The characters are pretty much what ruined it for me. They all blended together and had the SAME FUCKING PERSONALITY! It was like listening to the same person bitch and be confused for 379 pages. Moving on to the real heart of the problem: INSTALOVE/COMPLETELY UNREALISTIC RELATIONSHIPS. There is no chemistry between Aeva and Gunner…. not even a drop. It's all just cheesy lines with absolutely no feeling behind it. Just no. Long after Gunner and Aeva have been "together" they start hooking up (just as normal couples do), and Gunner is like this needs to stop I don't want to ruin it with you. WTF! That is literally the stupidest most unrealistic thing for a guy to say in that situation. Way to blow the fire out on your own story Lyndsay. Aren't you loving my puns?The last note I have about the characters is the lack of backstory. This book is filled with boring ass mythology that I literally couldn't muster enough interest to pay attention to. I wanted to see diverse memories or recent experiences or something besides "OMG I'm related to a medley of vikings and seals and other magical creatures".Basically, the characters were not on point and I was left doing thisTHE PLOT: The plot was just as aggravating as the characters. Everything was predictable and the ending was unrealistically happy. The battles were anything but epic, and the adventures were un-inspirational to say the least. Also everything and everyone seemed to be at the right place at the right time. There was never an "OH SHIT" moment. I don't even care enough about the plot to fully come to terms as to why it bothered me so much… maybe because it was strait up BORING!I read this book so you don't have to. Save yourself from this slump inducing book.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-02 21:10

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** Fire of the the Sea is a young adult fantasy that incorporates a healthy dose of mythology as well. I love the mixture of those two subgenres. And I think the mermaids and the norse mythology was a really interesting and well done mash up of sorts. I enjoyed Fire of the Sea. It was very information heavy at the beginning and I will admit that I had a hard time try to keep everyone and everything straight. Because there was so much going on, my attention waned a little throughout the first half of the story. However, the romance and the promise of action, prophecies and mythology was enough to keep my interest and finish the book. And I am glad that I did. Fire of the Sea turned out to be a good read.I really felt for the main character, Aeva. She experiences a pretty life changing tragedy right at the start of the book and it paralyzes her with fear for a while. Which is a big deal because she is being primed to take over for her mer people when she comes of age. Another one of my favorite aspects of the book was the connection she had with her sword. I found that fascinating. The second the sword kind of attached itself to her arm and she could feel it pulsing within her, I knew it was going to play an interesting role in the story.Interesting is the word of the day with Fire of the Sea. Even though I felt lost, confused and even a little bored at parts while read- the story line was interesting enough to always make me want to continue. I am glad that I stuck with this book. As soon as I heard the prophecy being announced I knew Gunnar would play a role and fulfill the mythology portion of the story. And I was right! The book takes place in the waters of Iceland, and norse mythology is featured. I love norse mythology and I thought it's addition really enhanced the story.Fans of mermaids, prophecies and mythology with some romance thrown in, will enjoy Fire of the sea. Just don't give up on it at the beginning. It will be a lot of information to take in, but I think if you keep reading, you will be glad you stuck with the story. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs

  • Sharrice Aleshire
    2019-04-20 16:59

    I received a copy of Fire of the Sea for an honest review.Aeva lost her parents in a brutal attack at a very young age. Now many years later while swimming she saves a human and everything changes. She falls in love.First off let me say I am so in love with this cover I mean WOW! Absolutely phenomenal!!!Fire of the Sea has Aeva the mermaid and her love interest Gunner doing crazy adventures and evil creatures trying to kill them. Pretty cool. Aeva was an interesting character who had great characters growth throughout the story.The only problem I had with the story was the writing style and dialogue didn’t really draw me in and seemed forced at times. Other than that the story was interesting. Some parts dragged but I read Fire of the Sea in one sitting so nothing too bad.

  • Crystal Beutler
    2019-04-04 17:50

    A journey. An attack. A fierce battle. Eight year old Aeva suddenly finds herself alone, facing the seas greatest enemy who is on the hunt for a prized treasure. Fast forward 10 years as Aeva, a mermaid must make a choice 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. Set in Iceland, this book is a great summer read. Tastefully written, it is something young and old will enjoy. If you like Fantasy or Twilight type novels, you will enjoy reading this.

  • Melonie
    2019-04-17 13:42

    LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! The cover was the first thing I saw, before I even read what it was about I knew I would have to read it. I love Mermaid stories and this one was amazing!!! Loved the characters they were so believable and the author gives such detail and description that you feel like you are right there watching the story unfold in front of you! Great debut novel!! Can't wait for more from Lyndsay Johnson!!!!!

  • Nicole Bates
    2019-03-30 14:51

    Amazing! If you love mermaids, Gods, and myths, this book is for you! The author has such a style of writing that is an English teacher's dream. She has a way of describing things that goes deeper than the ocean and weaves a tale that intersects Norse mythology with Greek mythology. The young mermaid learns to follow her instinct or light even if it challenges her reasoning. And somehow, she finds a love with his own story that the strings of fate have entertwined. Read it for yourself, no spoiler alert here.

  • LD
    2019-04-13 17:49

    This review is also available on my blog at**I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.**To anyone who has taken an opportunity to look back in the archives of my blog and seen the titles of the books that I have in the past read, reviewed or discussed, it’s pretty apparent that while I read almost only romance novels, within the genre my interest ranges wide and far. I’m too much of a sucker for a HEA to really enjoy anything but romance, though I do on occasion pick up something non-fiction. However I’ve always viewed reading as an opportunity for escape from my everyday life and so it is safe to say that I’m utterly fascinated by fiction. Whether a story is set in medieval Europe, Australia in the late 1890’s, Regency England, the Gold Rush era in America, 1800’s Westerns, space-based futures, time travellers, sci-fi contemporaries, paranormals that span centuries and worlds, or whatever, I simply love them all and I don’t know that I could pick a specific subcategory of romance that is my favorite. But I will admit this: any romance story that has at least some basis, or includes some aspect of, myth or legends is usually a story that gets placed at the top of the TBR pile. I simply adore any inclusion of myth, however it’s adapted, in romance.Knowing this, it shouldn’t come as any surprise to you, my friendly readers, that Fire of the Sea was a novel that instantly, immediately and completely caught my eye. It’s not too incredibly often that I stumble upon stories of mermaids, selurs, selkies and the like. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity, and my own personal need, to read and review this story. And what a story it was. Sometimes when you’re reading you have to push yourself to accept the reality that the author is creating for you. Other times, you slip into the story as if it was written for you. From the moment we first meet Aeva I was... entranced. To see how this young meriad (aka mermaid) suffers and grows, to see how she’s unsure of herself and yet determined at the same time, and to see her make the hard choices she’s faced with – well, it was amazing and just so well done.Right from the start you’re introduced to Aeva’s two best friends: Merrick and Sissel, and you can see the dynamics between them. You can feel the bonds of friendship that tie the three together. You know the lengths that they’d be willing to go for one another, and you can be pretty certain of the soul-deep loyalty they hold for the others. The truly fascinating and wonderful part of this trio is that they are young, so young to have formed such concrete bonds, and yet you can believe that though they may struggle, and though their faith may waver, those bonds will forever be true.Then there’s Gunnar. He fell from the sky, was nearly swallowed by the sea, and led Aeva to land. Instantly you realize that there is something special about Gunnar, something that makes him special to Aeva, and you can’t wait to see how the journey for these two unfold. Because really, it’s difficult to imagine how a mermaid and a human can have any kind of future, any kind of path that has them side by side. Yet that is exactly the story that Lyndsay Johnson has written.Rich in myth and legend, ripe with emotion and the vagaries of real life, Fire of the Sea is simply a wonderful story and, just in case I haven’t made my feelings about it clear yet, I really, really loved it. I loved the depth of the characters, the complexity of the storyline and the way in which (Norse and some Greek) mythology was melded in to it. From the brightness of Aeva and Gunnar’s heart, to the darkness of Delphine’s nature, there is really nothing that I can complain about, nothing that I could criticize, and nothing that I would see changed. So if you’re looking for a truly great story to read, I absolutely recommend Lyndsay Johnson’s Fire of the Sea. You won’t be disappointed and I honestly believe that you’ll fall in love with the story as I have.

  • Cassidie
    2019-04-12 21:57

    For more reviews and blog tour visit: http://rebook424.blogspot.comI had been unsure toward this book when I first heard of it for two simple reasons:1. I'd never read a book that had real mermaids in it with tails and living in sea.2. I didn't like The Little Mermaid.However, it turned out to be a huge surprise and also from the pleasant kind. Of course it wasn't perfect, none of the books really is, but on the whole it was a very nice reading. But what was the positive things and what the flaws? Things I liked:The language The mermaids in the book speak a little bit older English, with a lot of flourishes. Despite the fact that therefore it was a subtle bit harder reading than some books (it wasn't rather difficult, though) it was marvelous. AavaAava was quite a lovable female protagonist. She was kind and self-sacrificing, yet courageous and real. I could relate her on a really high level and I just loved her whole character.GunnarAlthough Gunner didn't turn out to be one of my favorite MMCs, I liked him. He's not a cliché, he's not snarky, nor the sexiest male being on Earth, but he's affable, loving, and timid, maybe even a bit shy. I was glad that he stood out of the common line.The dagger and armletI don't want to spoil anything so I won't spill a lot about it, but I found this one really original. Aava wore an armlet, which is a kind of jewelry only this one is more, and a dagger in it. It had a relevant role in the story and I liked how it was feeling and sort of lived.The peacefulnessI was thinking a lot how to define this fondness, but eventually I stuck to peacefulness. I mean by this that the book was definitely not fast pacing and it was somehow so calm, like an aura. I feel this sometimes with not action-packed books and it's a totally positive feeling. It means for me that the book wasn't boring it was just different, not so centered around action. (Not like I have any problems with that.)The plot It's an obscure definition I know, however, I don't know how else to say it. I liked what was happening, because it was an array of exciting and intriguing events. I liked it. Period.The placesI was fond of the beautiful places I could explore though the even more beautiful place descriptions.Things I did not like:Edgy charactersI said I loved Aava and Gunner and honestly I did, but every characters except from Aava, yes even Gunner though he only seldom was, sometimes a bit edgy. Okay, not so a bit. Sometimes the most calm and nice characters felt off. Like suddenly too angry/protective/resigned, in one word, exaggerated even in regards to the difficult/sharp situation.Minor awrinesses/contradictionsBecause there were some. I won't mention all of them, but two: How can you be kissing underwater? Is it set in the past or in the present then? Etc.Eventually he did start to gasp for air, but I think it still was a bit long for a kiss. Not only that it was long, but seriously I imagine that you should breathe to kiss. I might be wrong, but this is how I imagine. As for the tense question, there were signs referring to the prior (mobile, laptop) and signs referring to the latter (how they were living, clothing).The can't-be-pronounced names I was debating whether to mention it or not, since it's not indeed a flaw, but finally I decided to do so. It's not something that should put you off reading the book, however, it did bug me. Almost all the names, names of locations and people, were so difficult if I'd had to read it aloud, I swear my tongue would have got twisted. I ended up just pronouncing them as I fancied, probably wrong.- See more at:

  • Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
    2019-04-24 15:50

    Want to know what I find really odd? Mermaid books are like contemporary books. I either love them or hate them, and it may or may not just be me turning into a picky reader.I personally enjoyed the concept behind Fire of the Sea. There's Nordic mythology and mermaids, and I loved reading about the underwater world of unified sea creatures.But there were just a few things that I really hated about the novel, and that was pretty much why I gave it such a low rating compared to everyone else I've seen on Goodreads. In fact, compared to the ratings I've seen on Goodreads and Amazon, I'm probably the lowest since I'm that weirdo who doesn't round up. (Not that I'm actually going to let that bother me greatly.)Fire of the Sea felt more like a love story than anything else. Aeva, though loyal and courageous and torn between two worlds, was reckless and careless with some of her actions. Within several days after she saves Gunnar from being taken by the sea, she wants to leave behind her sea world and become human. Her reason? "I call it love because I don't have another name for it." It is, by far, the lamest reason I've ever heard. Her entire reasoning behind why she wants to become human is for love. A love for a guy she saved from the sea and should be a part of Davy Jones's locker, but because Aeva is a courageous mermaid who wanted to do a kind deed, he's not. Instead, he's tied to her.It also felt like I was watching The Little Mermaid all over again. There's no prince, of course, but there's a mermaid (a princess, no less) who desires to be a part of the human world (though the reasons for each are quite different), there's a price to be paid to be human, and there's an Ursula. The Ursulas in the two are a little different, but Delphine might as well be Ursula simply due to the fact she can shift herself into an octopus.Fire of the Sea was predictable, though that's beginning to not bother me as much simply due to the fact I'm ahead of the characters by a few steps. But in figuring out who Delphine was? That was a given, and I just waited to see if Aeva would actually figure it out herself before Delphine revealed herself.So here's my final verdict: if you love a love story playing a major role with mythology and mermaids, you'll likely enjoy this. If you prefer mythology of the uncommon kind but don't care about the love story playing a major role, you might be peachy. But if you really hate love stories, then you might want to pass this up.--------------Review copy provided by Xpresso Book Tours.Original Rating: 2.5 out of 5Review originally posted at Bookwyrming Thoughts

  • C.J. Anaya
    2019-04-09 16:54

    Fire of the Sea has a few items in common with The Little Mermaid, but becomes a story far more unique and different than that of a fairy tale retelling. Aeva is the next monarch of the Nordic seas, future queen to the Meriads, but a threat from the demigoddess Delphine who killed her family and attempted to kill her when she was just a child begins to resurface once Aeva turns eighteen. In the end she is forced to choose between love and her duty to the sea and the Meriads who dwell within.I usually struggle with mermaid books because I think it is difficult to create a believable underwater world. World building is generally something that most fantasy writers do with remarkable aplomb, but creating a world on land with things that are familiar is different than creating a vast underwater world with different races, cultures and customs when what lies beneath the expanse of the ocean isn't something we as humans are too familiar with. I was so enchanted with the world Lyndsay Johnson created. The imagery was simply stunning. From the graceful movements of the Meriads in the water to the descriptive passages of underwater dwellings, sea life and atmosphere, the reader is drawn into an aquatic world that is both realistic and believable.There is a wonderful sense of spiritual tradition mixed with Nordic and Greek folklore. I was intrigued with the way the folklore and mythology were woven into the story. I also enjoyed the personification of the sea, creating a living breathing entity which is both demanding and giving when it comes to balance and following the laws of nature.Character development is crucial to any love story, well...for any story, really, and it is easy to love Aeva's strong sense of right and wrong along with her resilient spirit and her affectionate heart. We see her grow along her path to becoming what she is meant to become, and the author does a wonderful job of allowing the reader to take that journey with Aeva. Gunnar's character is also strong and resilient, but he has weaknesses to overcome as he struggles to accept his heritage and his own worth. Also another wonderful piece of growth that the reader is privy to. The main focus is Aeva, but Gunnar is just as loveable and easy to relate to. In other words, you love all of the characters you're supposed to, even the secondary ones, and you despise the villain intent on gaining her heart's desire which is the Fire of the Sea. There were quite a few twists in the story, some predictable in an I-hope-this-is-what-happens kind of way, and others completely unpredictable. I truly loved this breathtaking mermaid tale, and so will any other readers out there who love mermaids, mythology and loads of glorious romance. If only all of us could be kissed by a descendant of Nordic gods. Yummy!

  • Rivalie (Le Petit Photograph)
    2019-04-10 20:42

    (Copy received from Xpresso Book Tours - my opinion is 100% my own.)Aeva is the next monarch of the mermaids and she's been training for her coronation since the day her parents were viciously murdered by the demigoddess Delphine. Her strength lies in her dagger which was the last thing her mother gave her before she died. The dagger and its sheath has power of their own and unbeknownst to Aeva, they are destined to kill Delphine. When Aeva rescues a drowning man with her Call, she disrupts the balance of the sea and earth and in turn must do something in return. However things become more complicated when Aeva discovers that her Call did more than revive the man as it also bound them together. If she wants a future with him, she must first fulfill her duty to the ocean.Fire of the Sea combines Norse mythology with Greek and the transitions between the two is so smooth and well developed. I'm not sure if there is this overlap in actual mythology but I'm definitely going to check into Norse mythology more. The writing itself is engaging and keeps the story going at a nice pace. Aeva is our narrator and from the very beginning you can hear the strength behind her voice. Aeva as I mentioned before is a strong and independent character but that doesn't mean she has no faults. She can be a bit rash which helped to add more dimension to her character because I mean she's a mermaid, there's literally nothing wrong with her appearance wise. The love interest is Gunnar, a fisherman from a nearby village with dreams of sailing. Their relationship seemed ironic as Gunnar longed for the sea while Aeva (after saving Gunnar) began to long for the earth. In some cases they balance each other out. The one thing that bugged me was how fast the romance happened. While I get why it was done that way since the author wanted to incorporate a form of binding power Aeva's Call had, I still wished it wasn't so insta.This book is full of surprises that completely caught me off guard. Some revelations can be considered a bit ironic and almost expected, but the author managed to weave it into a complex storyline so that it got lost and when it occurred, it was unexpected. The ending scene once again wove Norse and Greek mythology together and it was really cool to see the different magical artifacts together. To be honest, I kind of wished for a different ending in terms of earth and sea, but I'm happy with how things finished and it was great to read one book and have a complete story. Read my reviews at:

  • Caro [The Book Rogue]
    2019-04-12 21:05

    What a beautiful, beautiful story! The style was very descriptive, attention to colors, shapes, sounds, smells, there were so many details... It was perfect for a mythical narrative. Thus, it was a little heavy on the eyes at points, but I can imagine the audiobook being captivating and making your heart ache.Right after style comes content, and it was just as amazing. This was heavy on the lore, not just because it's about mermaids and other mythical sea creatures, about their abilities and weaknesses, or because the sea really seemed like a living, breathing being that is a personification of balance, but this was very much about lineages, heritage, the power of blood -- and I just love this kind of tie to gods and such. This hit all my bottons, from love to fate, from family and the need to protect to the hunger for power and nothing else, a few riddles, destiny, and misunderstandings. Simply amazeballs.The characters I had to warm up to a little, because Aeva started out sheltered, and she was just so cute and panicky in a naive kind of way, but she grew on me. And not just on me, she really grew as a person throughout this story. She learned to get over her fear, had to make some very tough choices, sacrifices even. All for Gunnar, who I liked right away, but later he even made me want to smother him with kisses as he showed his stubborn side and grew along with his relationship to Aeva. Those two were an epic match, truly the stuff of legends of the Norse! I don't often feel like YA characters develop a more solid sense of self (although it's what they are aiming to do) and purpose to a depth that satisfies me, but I really felt so with Aeva and Gunnar, which just makes me love Johnson's skill and understanding of her characters even more.The minor characters were quite a few, but I liked all of them as much as I could with rather low screen time, but I most definitively loved the fact that they all held a piece of the puzzle that was this whole story / drama / adventure / destiny playing out.Oh btw, I gave this a 5 on the heat scale, but it's totally suited for YA. Only kisses, but damn are those hot! I so wished it would've gone further, because in that writing style? Hrrrr!!!! I'm getting all tingly just thinking about it! I guess I can at least hope for Lyndsay Johnson to one day write a NA novel. ;)Area Scan: Style/Vocab: 4.5/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Villains: 5/5 -- Sidekicks: 5/5 -- Hearts: 5/5 -- Heat: 5/5 -- Thrills: 4/5 -- Laughs: 3/5 -- Tears: 4/5

  • Alicia
    2019-04-05 20:08

    I really loved this! The mythological element was beautifully woven in.The writing was wonderful, almost poetic. It was lovely and detailed and had a wise-beyond-her-years kind of feel to it.It was a very long book, but it had a lot of story to tell. It probably could have been split up into a trilogy but it was fine as it was. The pacing was surprisingly satisfactory.I liked Aeva, even though she took the whole follow-your-heart thing a little too seriously at times. I mean, she gave up ruling an entire undersea kingdom at the drop of a hat (and without so much as a word) for a man. True, it was probably fate and there was a magical bond between them, but more preparation may have been nice. And communication. And time. She gave up a lot of responsibilities, not to mention running from Delphine as well, when it was her fault that she was attacking her people. No, I did not approve of those decisions, as much as I agree with the whole follow-your-heart thing. She was just too important to leave all that behind so quickly. I believe duty should come first, or at least in this case. But it worked out.Gunnar was great, even if it did feel like insta-love. It was pretty much insta-love, or very fast love. It’s just the whole fate kinda thing, you know? You can’t really fight it. And if it was a simpler story I might scoff at her decisions and the insta-love, but it was way more complicated than that. In fact, though, it would be a story eerily similar to The Little Mermaid if not for all the other mythology.The complicated plot was a truly exciting aspect. There was a lot to keep in mind at once, but for most of the important stuff, we only learned of it as Aeva did so it wasn’t impossible to keep track of. And I would say the end came on kinda fast except for the fact that it really didn’t come out of nowhere­­­—the events had been leading up to it and I guessed it only moments before Aeva did. It really was intriguing, though. There were little clues sprinkled throughout—yet some revelations were still unexpected. It was an enchanting tale, really.So even though this book was a little long, I loved it! It was really exciting and beautifully written and complicated and engaging to the last. And the ending was really perfect, more so than I expected, which surprisingly did not bother me. It’s a wonderful book!See the full review on my blog, Awesome Book Assessment.

  • Moon
    2019-03-27 20:55

    What a fantastic YA fantasy! So much fun to read! First I have to say, I loved the cover.... how gorgeous is that cover?This book was about Aeva, a mermaid. The story starts out really good, with a huge battle and poor Aeva, as a child, experiencing the worst trauma of her life. The prologue was so good that I dreamed about it that night after I read it! My dreams were full of inky water and mermaids fighting long tentacles. I couldn't wait to get back to reading when I woke up!Then begins a story that I literally couldn't stop reading, a wonderful story that enchanted me from the beginning and didn't let go. A real page turner. Absolutely vivid descriptions of sea creatures and mythological beings that I could not stop thinking about (and talking to my friends about).When Aava saves Gunnar (a human) it changes her whole life, and starts a love story that was exciting and heartwarming.... their characters and the relationship between them grew beautifully even while they faced numerous challenges... Challenges that kept me turning page after page with a great plot twists.I love Norse legends, so that made this book even more enjoyable for me... the way the author combines fantasy with mythology is epic.I really hope there is a part two planned.... I'm not ready to leave Aava's world yet :)I would recommend this book to tweens up through adults ... or just anyone who loves mermaids :) Although, if you didn't love mermaid stories, you would love them after reading Fire of the Sea... so if you love fantasy and mythology... and love an awesome story.. this books for you!

  • Mati
    2019-04-15 18:48

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.I'll be honest, I've read a lot of mermaid stories lately, and I can be a tough critic when it comes to them. My favorite stories are ones that defy norms and bring their own unique twist to the traditional, and Fire of the Sea managed to do this. While there were a few elements that felt a little cliche, Lyndsay Johnson's beautiful writing and engaging story kept me reading in the end. If you love a good mermaid story, I think I'd add this to the list.Aeva is a strong female character, destined to become a ruler once she comes of age. But she saves a human, and threatens to ruin everything. Becoming an enemy of the sea, she must find a way to right the balance or leave the ocean forever. Yet the bond she created with the man she saved cannot be abandoned, aiding her choice. Some of these elements will feel a little "been there, done that", especially if you've recently read or watched any version of The Little Mermaid. Cut and dry: mermaid saves guy from drowning, falls in love, leaves the ocean to be with him. It is hard to shake that initial "fairy-tale retelling" sort of vibe. Yet the book has it's own unique elements, especially by bringing Selkies/Selurs into the mix, and embracing elements of Norse mythology. Even if it were a straight retelling, it would have been a new enough take on things to keep my interest. I like Gunnar, and while Aeva and him seem to fall in love really fast, it makes sense with the story line. He seems cautious about the whole experience, and more realistic than some love interests I've seen in books. Aeva's friends are unique as well, and while I miss the during the second half of the book, I still felt they were fleshed out and didn't feel static like some minor characters end up being. The story itself is well paced, and it was easy to read in just a couple of sittings. Overall it would be a good summer read if you like a good fantasy.

  • Britni Poe
    2019-04-17 13:51

    Let me start out by saying that since the very first time I watched Disney's The Little Mermaid, I have been in love with anything to do with mermaids or the ocean. This absolutely applies to my reading ventures and was so excited to read Fire of the Sea. The story starts out with the main character, Aeva, being left alone with only a arm band and a dagger after an attack by a deadly villain. Aeva is also the future leader of the mermaids. Now, 10 years later when everything seems to be falling in place something unthinkable happens that changes things drastically for Aeva. You guys know that I don't like to give too much away in my reviews so I'll just say that the story line does follow a bit of the "Little Mermaid" story line. There are many books out there like this, but Fire of the Sea really will surprise you along the way.The writing is very descriptive and beautiful. One of my favorite parts were the description of the ocean waters. Johnson's story telling was on point and although the book is of the longer sort, all of that description fit effortlessly into the story. Obviously, because of the ocean setting, I thought this was a great summer read.You could ask anyone I know, especially my sister who my obsession has rubbed off onto, but I love mythology. I find it enthralling and could spend hours just looking up and studying mythology from around the world. The mythology aspect to this story really impressed me and I couldn't help myself but to keep reading until the very end of the book.A little bit about Aeva, sometimes you get those books where the main character (usually female) seems flat and dull to read about. This was not the case at all for Aeva. She was a strong female lead that was fun to read about.Although this wasn't my favorite book out there, it has got some great elements to it that really drew me in.*I received this book free of charge from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for my complete and honest review. I was not paid monetarily for this post.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-09 21:54

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.Synopsis: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 Mermaids. 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 legend 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.Review:I just want to start off with saying I love mermaids & when I saw the cover of this book I was super excited!This is the first book I've read from Lyndsay Johnson, and from now on I'll be keeping an eye out for her books.From the very beginning of Fire of the Sea you definitely start out with some action as you follow 8 year old Aeva in a battle in which she loses both of her parents.The book takes place in the fjords & shores of Iceland and the ice caves of Greenland. It follows eighteen year old Aeva through so many challenges! I love the way Lyndsay paints the world around Aeva, it sounds beautiful. The descriptions were wonderful. I love Aeva and I love how she grew so much within the book.. she starts out a young girl and turns into a strong independent woman.I love the chemistry between her & Gunnar!Definitely recommend this to anyone who loves mythology, some action, and a little romance!

  • Amy Shelton
    2019-04-22 15:49

    *Disclaimer: I received a copy of this from Xpresso in exchanged for a fair and honest review. *Aeva suffered the devastating loss of both her parents when she was just 8 years old. She was also responsible for defeating the monster created to kill nearly her entire kingdom. She trains for 10 years to take over the role as ruler of her kingdom. What will happen when she takes over? How will she overcome falling in love with a human, which is absolutely forbidden? Can Aeva put her past behind her to protect her kingdom and defeat the shape shifter once and forall?This was a beautiful and well written story. The details were incredible. The author didn’t fail in describing the surroundings, the scenery, the sea life, and the characters. It was like taking a dive in the ocean and seeing everything with your own eyes but magnified several times. Her description made this story more fun to read as you could disappear from reality for a little bit.The darkness that plays into the story in the form of a shape shifter adds some thrill and suspense to the story. This adds the “sit on the edge of your seat” that we all love to have in books. This kept me reading to see what was going to happen next and how Aeva was going to handle it. I also loved the love story of the book. A mermaid falls in love with a human. This specific part takes me back to my kid days and reminds me of “The Little Mermaid”. It was my favorite movie so this addition to an already incredible book just made my day and made me love it even more. Although this story was a long one, it was a good read. I would definitely recommend it to you!

  • Angela
    2019-03-28 19:00

    The first thing I noticed about this book was how beautiful the cover was. I've met Lyndsay, and I've grown to know her on a personal level. I've decided she’s a lovely human being. Of course I wanted to read her novel, but the artwork would’ve drawn me to the pages of a stranger. For one, the story’s about a mermaid! Not just any mermaid either, but a Meriad based on Norse legend. Think of Hans Christian Anderson’s tale, but placed in modern day and closer to actual Viking myths. You have the evil demigoddess, the Selurs, Silkies, and a princess of the sea who (of course) falls in love with a human.Lyndsay’s writing was rich and as fluid as the ocean she was describing. Although I am familiar with the myths and could predict the ending, I was never certain of how I would arrive at the ultimate conclusion. The story is told from an intimate first-person perspective, placing you directly in the main character, Aeva’s head. You understand her fears and desires, and want what she wants. All living sentient creatures desire a love so strong that they are willing to sacrifice half of themselves to be whole with someone else. They want to experience a draw towards another soul that is as tangible as the air we breathe. This is the power of myth, magic, and mysticism. The ancients had a brilliant way of explaining fate, destiny, and tragedy in a belief system that allowed gods to be just as flawed as the humans who worshiped them. Lindsay does an amazing job of capturing this element in her work. I give Fire of the Sea a five-star rating, and would recommend this read for anyone who has a love of myths and mermaids.

  • Caitlin
    2019-04-16 21:51

    I really enjoyed this book, it had so much interesting information on Nordic mythology. Which, made it a lot of fun to read. I did notice there were some similarities between this story and the little mermaid, but that’s not a bad thing.This book is a light, sweet read with some dark undertones to help push it along. The characters were all likeable. There were many twists in this that I wasn’t expecting. When I first started reading I thought that it was going to be predicable, but happily it was not. While this is basically as about their romance, it wasn’t annoying and there is so many elements to the story that it’s great for people who don’t like to read romance books.The only issue I had with this book was that it seemed to go at a slow pace for me, which made it difficult to read. It took me about 2-3 weeks to get through this, which is longer than usual lately. However, it wasn’t boring. So, it’s not that it has a bad story line. It’s just not gripping and a huge page turner like most books I’ve been reading lately. So, that may be something to keep in mind when starting this book.I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in mythology and mermaid stories. I want to read more books that surround Nordic mythology now and learn more about it. Please like, share, and follow to keep up to date on future posts.

  • Shan FamilyBringsJoy
    2019-04-18 15:58

    First of all, I'd like to say I'm not the best book reviewer. Most of the reviews I write are mainly for myself. It's difficult to judge whether a person might like a book based on a review. Everyone sees the world differently, therefore one person's perspective of a book can be completely different than another's. With that being said, I will attempt to give justice to this book and it's author. I love fantasy books as a mean for escape from the daily tasks of life. This is the first fantasy book I've read about mermaids. I will say the beginning was a little slow for me. However, mainly because it was diving into a world I didn't know much about. Once I got into it...probably about the second or third chapter, I was hooked! Think of a modern day Little Mermaid...yet I'm basing that on Disney's version, not on a book and it has no where near the same middle or ending! I absolutely appreciated Lyndsay's way of describing the wasn't too much, just enough where you can picture it in your mind. Yet, best of all, this book has all my favorite components of romance, family, friendship, suspense, adventure & fantasy. I personally want to visit Iceland now. If you like all of the above characteristics, I highly recommend Fire Of The Sea! The end gave me goosebumps and I didn't want it to end.

  • Samantha
    2019-04-19 20:41

    Fire of the Sea is an adventurous young adult fantasy that takes place beneath the sea. The book begins right off the bat with the action, eight year old Aeva must fight for her life against the shapeshifter Delphine who killed her parents. After Aeva defeats Delphine the book fast forwards ten years later with Aeva preparing for her graduation. While taking a breather and out swimming, Aeva saves a young man who would be at the bottom of the sea without her help. Interacting with a human is forbidden in Aeva’s world. Ultimately, Aeva must choose between duty and love.I think all of the characters were wrote well, and I loved the main character. I feel like she matured well by the end of the book especially after all that she has had to go through. I really loved Aeva’s first encounter with a human, Gunnar. She was so clueless regarding our normal everyday things like cellphones and matches. I think the author did an awesome job with this, and it made the world seem even more real.I have to say I adore this cover, it is gorgeous and perfect for Fire of the Sea. I really enjoyed the story, and definitely the fantasy and adventurous elements. Fire of the Sea has a unique take on Mermaids. I have not read many mermaid books, but this book has an interesting take on them. I recommend this book if you enjoy fantasy especially if you love mermaid stories.

  • Cristen
    2019-04-18 20:44

    This young adult fantasy is a wonderful compelling story that grabs you immediately in the prologue and doesn't let go until the epilogue when you are left with the feeling that you want a sequel. The story is set along Iceland's coast. Aeva, the mermaid protagonist, is a strong female character destined for leadership in her ocean world, but finds herself saving and in love with a human. Not only does this act antagonize the ocean, but it calls forth a long-silent shape-shifting enemy determined to possess "the fire of the sea," destroying anything that gets in its way. Lyndsay incorporates well-researched Norse legends and myths, runes, sea-creatures, poetry, beautifully described interiors, landscapes and sea caves, and clever rhymed-riddle speaking Nixies to give us a richly executed plot, dialogue, and storyline. Even the names are authentically Icelandic. It was a book I didn't want to put down, and then, didn't want it to be finished. It is an impressive debut novel. I look forward to the next one!

  • Angelica (The Bookish Angel)
    2019-04-10 21:01

    DNF at 10%Copy was provided by Xpresso Book Tours I was so excited to read this book because it was my first mermaid book. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and it also has such high ratings on Goodreads.My main problem is the writing style. I just couldn't get to it, I think it's not for me. I tried to read the rest of the book but I just had a hard time getting to it. I rarely put down a book at 10% so I'm a little disappointed that I couldn't read this one.My other problem is that there's a scene in which the main character who is a mermaid keeps saying to this human guy that mermaids really exist even though she doesn't really want to say that kind of information to him because, of course, it is forbidden. She only just met this guy so it pissed me off so much.I'll still recommend this book to mermaid books fans and to others who might want to try them. Maybe you'll connect to the writing unlike me.