Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in Slumber when the unthinkable happens-there’s a prison break in Atlas, Madly’s home beneath the sea. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants.
The first spirit to arrive is that of Ulrich Wolfhardt, a man that was once obsessed with wolves and a young maiden he would follow through the woods. After a bite from a wolf, Wolfhardt’s obsession with the girl became an unnatural hunger and the young maiden’s grandmother cursed him with a fate worse than death. And now he’s back…with a vengeance and a bite that can infect others as well.
Madly must learn the identity of Wolfhardt’s descendant and stop him before he kills again and spreads his curse across the earth. But the only person strong enough to help Madly is Jackson, the Sentinel who vowed to protect her and the one person capable of breaking her heart. Can Madly resist forbidden love long enough to save the world from Wolfhardt? Or will she have to sacrifice her heart and her destiny to save the ones she loves?
A bit of a background: Ages ago, Lucifer and Proserpine created evil creatures called Lores. Lucifer, being the dark angel that he was, perhaps saw opportunity to rule the entire universe (I’m just guessing – the author didn’t really explain why or maybe there was a myth involved? ), cast Proserpine out of the Underworld. Proserpine turned to Neptune for help, in which he agreed on the condition that she’d disclosed everything she knew about the creatures. Neptune then, created a prison for these creatures with a set of four keys able to hold these spirits. The story actually begins when one of those spirits escaped, locking down Atlas with Princess Madly’s parents and sister, Truly inside. Since Madly holds one of the keys, she’s the only one with the capability to trap Ulrich Wolfhardt’s spirit and free Madly’s people in Atlas. Who is Ulrich Wolfhardt? Well, long story short – he’s a wolfman ( not to be confused with a werewolf) obsessed with the Straus Maiden. So when his spirit escaped he continued to hunt the Straus bloodline by possessing his immediate descendant. Once they saved the descendant of the Straus Maiden, then and only then can they capture Wolfhardt and send him back to where he belongs. Confused yet? Don’t be. The story is easy to follow once you get into the groove.
I’m really interested to find out how the author will incorporate the other folklore into this mer series. I think it’s highly innovative for her to use these fabled sea dwellers as a vessel, while putting a spin on some of the fairy tales we’ve come to know of so fondly. The chemistry between Jackson and Madly was explosive and brownie points for the forbidden romance element. I’m dying to read the next book to find out how their relationship is going to work considering Jackson is a pauper to his Princess. Their bloodlines mixing is a no-no to the kingdom so I’m really anxious for their sakes.
This is a series with a whole lot of promise. But there were some plot elements that I really felt were unfinished. For instance: there was an incident in the prequel which hinted that Madly could hear what Jackson was thinking. I was looking forward to reading more about this in the second book, but I was disappointed to discover that it was something the author didn’t really delve into. Another one was the geeky boy who’d watched Kellina from afar. Considering the time and focus spent on this boy, his role didn’t really go anywhere – a decoy, if you will. While I swooned over Jackson and gushed over the romance, I sometimes found myself frustrated with Jackson’s constant pulling and pushing. Also, about 70% of Madly’s thoughts were of Jackson instead of worrying about her family in Atlas. I can sympathize pining for a guy to a point, but all the longing and wanting and lusting was a bit overdone in my opinion.
THIS IS HOW I REALLY FEEL:
Regardless of my grievances stated above, I’m still dying to read the next book. This ended in a cliffie and we haven’t really seen the actual world of the mers. I’m also dying to read more about how the royals are going to react to Madly’s mating tie. All in all, I think this will be an amazing series rich in adventures and romance. The prequel is a good place to start.