5 Fantasy Books With Mermaids

Mermaids are beings that can be found in legends from different parts of the world, and they can most certainly be traced to different mythologies as well. We have tales of mermaids that end tragically, and we have stories where they end happily. There are stories of mermaids shedding their tails for human legs, and then there are tales where these same beings drag humans to their watery deaths. They are dangerous and fascinating. It isn’t surprising that there are stories that focus on these beings in some way, shape, or form. Here are five fantasy books featuring mermaid characters. …

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Mermaids are beings that can be found in legends from different parts of the world, and they can most certainly be traced to different mythologies as well. We have tales of mermaids that end tragically, and we have stories where they end happily. There are stories of mermaids shedding their tails for human legs, and then there are tales where these same beings drag humans to their watery deaths. They are dangerous and fascinating. It isn’t surprising that there are stories that focus on these beings in some way, shape, or form.

Here are five fantasy books featuring mermaid characters.

1. “The Mermaid’s sister”

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Carrie Anne Noble‘s book The Mermaid’s Sister, is definitely a story to check out. This tale follows Clara, a girl who lives with her sister Maren and their aunt. Life for them is perfect. They gather herbs for their aunt’s potions, and they listen to her tales in the evening. However, everything changes when Clara realizes that scales are growing under Maran’s skin, and she is turning into a mermaid. If they don’t get her to the ocean, then she will die. Together, the sisters set off with their friend O’Neill, and all the while, Clara begins to question if she might also be something other than human.

2. “The mermaid”

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The Mermaid, by Christina Henry, follows a mermaid who is caught by a fisherman’s net. Though the fisherman decides to free her, the mermaid, Amelia, stays and becomes his wife. She evokes a special magic that allows her to trade her tale for legs, and she settles into life with the fishermen. This all changes when P.T. Barnum, one half of Barnum and Bailey, is seeking out new attractions for his museum when he learns about Amelia. She agrees to play the mermaid for him under the pretense that she can leave whenever she wishes, but she soon learns that this assumption is far from the truth.

3. “Sink”

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Sink by M.E. Rhines is the first book in the Mermaid Royalty series. This story follows Pauline, daughter of Queen Calypso, a cruel ruler who punishes individuals for the smallest of transgressions. While Pauline has learned to remain quiet and obedient when it comes to her mother, she finds that she cannot continue to do so when she learns a horrible secret. In an effort to break the cycle attached to this secret, Pauline goes to the surface to try and save drowning sailors. She finds herself attracted to one of these men, and she kisses him. However, this act puts the man in danger, and Pauline must risk all that she has to save the sailor.

4. “the mermaid trials”

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Cameron Drake‘s book The Mermaid Trials, is the first book in a series. We follow the protagonist Katriana, a mermaid from the royal family. Once every century, the royalty holds a contest referred to as The Trials, and all mermaids of a certain age group must participate. The champion is allowed to walk on land, and Katriana wants to desperately escape her stepmother’s cruelty. She is so desperate that she is willing to enter the Trials without proper preparation. However, Katriana also needs to consider what, exactly, is she ready to forfeit if she wins this contest, and what, exactly, will it entail to be one of the Trial’s champions.

5. “Sea Witch”

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Sea Witch, by Sarah Henning, follows Evie, a young girl who has been an outcast since her best friend Anna drowned. However, years later, a woman appears who resemble Evie’s lost friend, and Evie begins to question if Anna actually died. It becomes more than obvious though that Evie will need to help her new friend. Evie will need to not only remain on land but to maintain her grip on humanity. And, hopefully, in saving her friend, Evie can also save the prince that she has fallen in love with too.

 

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