*A novel by Mary Jane Capps
This is a story that takes you away from the norm. How often do you get to live under the sea? How often do you live the life of a ceasid- a princess at that! Well, in Iloray, A Mermaid Story, that's exactly what you get. There's royalty, conspiracy, war and betrayal, but because it's beneath the waves, the story carries a feel unlike any I've read in a while.
Iloray, A Mermaid Story is about Gryshen, a princess preparing to become leader. She doesn't want to princess; she's still daddy's little ceasid. In this world, first born becomes ruler then the matriarch passes away. The good thing is, they never really go when they die- they can still communicate!
There's a conspiracy on the rise and Cryshen's father passes away as it grows stronger than ever. She must become a warrior and lead her people to restore tranquility and peace amongst her people, as well as show the interloping pod, bearing the prince she'd once loved, that she will not fail her people.
Written by Mary Jane Capps, Iloray is an author with great potential. She took a world, few dare tread and made it near normal. It was beautiful and very imaginative. I enjoyed the read, but I have to admit, Gryshen was a bit disappointing!
I know it's because I'm such a "Independent Woman" - it even drives my husband how strong-hearted (and verbal) I can be. So anyway, Gryshen allowed someone to come right in and sweep her off her tail fin without any hesitation! She allowed herself to be used like Wham! Yes, I know it happens a lot in stories, but I was surprise with her. A princess should have more strength, and to be without any Fins in Waiting, she just acted without advice... but that's what the story was about. Her finding herself and the courage to do what she was born to do.
The romance was light, which I truly appreciated, because everyone knows it's gotta be a pretty big love story for me to dive right in. To me the love and war balanced just right, making it a fabulous read. So I shared what I thought was a bit off with Gryshen. Now for Cos.
I LOVED how he went out a villain. Sometimes there's no redemption. There's no being saved and no turning back. Simply stated, he was a bad guy and that was cool with me. I also liked Bravis. He was a bit mature, but he came off good for Gryshen from the very start. The triangle was light between the three of them, preventing cliché-ish situations. Thank goodness for that!
All in all, Iloray A Mermaid Story is top-notch with me. I'll share with anyone who's interested in other-worldly tales and something different. Check it out, while I move on to the next read.
Iloray A Mermaid Story
Mary Jane Capps
Publisher: By The Light of the Moon Press, August 2017
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