Published by Kraken Collective Books Format: eBook
The night sky is very dark without a moon, and there hasn't been one for decades. Without one to govern the oceans, it falls to Riven, reluctant sea-witch, to sail out alone every night across the midnight ocean to cast a spell to call in the tides.
She hates it. Hates the moonless dark, hates the endless deep, and hates the fact that without a witch to sing in the tides, sea and land alike would fall to ruin. Riven faces her worst fear every night for years - until she meets a mermaid. Her new friend is lost, starving, and just as lonely as she is. And now that they've found one another, neither of their nights on the midnight sea will be the same.
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This was such a fun, cute f/f fantasy story! I always love books involving witches, and add mermaids to that equation? Even better.
Moon-Bright Tides follows a witch named Riven who is tasked with casting a spell to bring in the tides each night, since the moon mysteriously disappeared from the sky some years prior. One day, a mermaid shows up on her dock, and the two quickly become close.
This was my first RoAnna Sylver book, and I was really impressed by her writing. Even though this novella is less than 50 pages long, I felt fully immersed in the atmosphere of the story. Sylver’s prose is lovely and really helped lend a magical quality to this tale. I also kind of appreciated that this story could have taken place during any time period. I don’t know if maybe I missed context clues, or if the author intended the story to be set in a specific time, but I had fun imagining this as though it had taken place in modern times OR in the distant past. Likewise, it could have been set in our world OR some fantasy world; these elements were never specified, but somehow I liked that. It made it easier rather than harder for me to imagine the setting.
I really appreciated the relationship dynamic between Riven and Moonbright. It was wonderful to see how well they complemented each other and just generally enriched the other person’s life. I could always use more f/f relationships in fantasy (especially ones between mermaids and witches! like, how cool.), and I would totally read sequels about this duo.
All in all, if you’re looking for a cute, diverse fantasy novella, Moon-Bright Tides is absolutely worth picking up! I can’t wait to read more of RoAnna Sylver’s books.
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