About the book:
Mermaids. Murder. Mayhem.
A red tide is rising.
As the daughter of one of the mer-king’s trusted advisors, seventeen-year-old Jade has great responsibilities. When her fiancé murders a naiad, plunging the underwater city of Thessalonike into uproar, tensions surge between the mer and the naiads. Jade learns too late that the choices she makes ripple further than she’d ever imagined. And as she fights against the tide of anger in a city that lives for scandal, she discovers danger lurking in every canal, imperiling her family and shattering the ocean’s fragile peace.
Can the city’s divisions be mended before the upwelling of hate rips apart everything Jade loves?
I have to admit that I resisted reading this story for a long time. Many of my friends recommended it, but I’m not a fan of mermaid stories. I get frustrated with the rehashing of The Little Mermaid (mermaid sees human man, falls in love, wants to be a human, yada, yada), so I put it off as long as I could. I finally gave in the other day and was more than pleasantly surprised.
Breakwater is not your typical mermaid story. Yay! Instead of sappy romantic wishes, this story starts out with murder — much more to my taste (that wasn’t meant in a creepy way 😉 ). It’s a story about how greed and power corrupt and about the strength it takes to stand up to immorality in the face of losing everything you love.
And actually, Payne’s decision to have the story take place “under the sea” added depth (wink, wink) to the plot that I’ve never really enjoyed in a mermaid tale before. The details she chose to focus on regarding the mer-people and the naiads were rather fascinating.
In other words, this was a great read. I definitely recommend you read Breakwater, the first book in the Broken Tides trilogy, even if, like me, you’re not a big fan of mermaid stories. I enjoyed it so much that I’ll be reading book two, Crosscurrent, soon.
Happy reading! 🙂