Title: Siren’s Storm
Series: The Sea King’s Daughters #6
Author: Asa Maria Bradley
Format: Kindle Edition, 67 pages
Published: November 27th 2018 by Kaering LLC
ISBN: ASIN B07KXTQ1GL
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses
A wolf shifter bent on exposing her secrets, an ex-lover who betrayed her, and a sister asking for an impossible favor, are just some of the things threatening mermaid Theia Ayer’s new covert life.
The Sea King sent her and her sisters to earth to prepare for the return of the merfolk. They must do so without other paranormal creatures finding out who they really are, or they will once again be hunted for their ability to create portals between the realms. Theia is doing a pretty good job of staying under the radar, until a wolf shifter comes sniffing around at her human workplace. He won’t rest until he ferrets out who and what she really is.
As if that wasn't enough, an old lover arrives wanting to rekindle his and Theia's relationship. Her heart wants to believe he's sincere but her mind remembers how he once betrayed her. And his timing couldn't be worse, because she can’t deal with him or the wolf shifter while also helping one of her sisters hide a powerful magical weapon.
As strange accidents occur at suspiciously frequent intervals, Theia doesn't know whom she can trust. Especially not when there may be several assailants hunting for the weapon and at least one of them is willing to kill her to get to it. Now, Theia is in the fight of her life as she races to stop the powerful weapon from ending up in the hands of the wrong people. Her failure could mean the end of not just her people, but the start of a massive war that would threaten all creatures that make earth their home.
“Maybe we’re dealing with an immaculate hatching,” Clara said. “If that’s the case, we have a ton of messiah fish to deal with.”
I love Asa Maria Bradley’s Viking Warriors series, so when I saw that she had a new offering on Kindle Unlimited, I had to pick it up. Siren’s Storm is a stand alone novella in a new urban fantasy set of six novellas by six different authors in a shared universe. I have not read any of the other releases in this series, but don’t feel that it’s necessary to fully enjoy this entry. Siren’s Storm is set on earth which is populated not only by humans, but by monsters.
We learn much about the history of the Merfolk. The Merfolk made the choice to leave the earth realm centuries ago. At that time, other paranormals hunted the Merfolk and kept them in captivity to use them to travel between watery portals. The Sea King’s decision to leave was not a popular one. However, things have not gone well in the dimension they’d escaped to, so, now, six mermaids, daughters of the Sea King, have returned to prepare earth for the return of their kind. Siren’s Storm introduces us to the earth realm through our heroine’s eyes and gives readers a hint of what is to come.
As the story opens, we meet Theia Ayer, our mermaid heroine, who is in the physically-demanding process of illegally harvesting aquamarine in the Sawtooth Mountains in central Idaho. She requires the aquamarine in a quest to fulfill a promise to one of her sisters. On her way home, she stops, washes off and plays in a secluded mountain lake where she is discovered by a wolf shifter. Because one of her sisters was previously hunted down and brutally killed by a wolf shifter pack, Theia does not give this wolf shifter a warm welcome. We learn that the wolf shifter is also on a quest.
Our heroine works as a consultant at the Sandpoint Fish Hatchery in the small community of Sagle. She was offered the position after the Hatchery’s resident scientist noticed how good she was with fish when she initially volunteered there. On her return to work after her exciting evening gathering the aquamarine and meeting the wolf shifter, she discovers that there are new fish at the Hatchery and that, strangely, she cannot communicate with them.
This novella is only sixty seven pages long, but there’s a lot packed within them. Not only are we introduced to Theia, her co-workers and the wolf shifter, but we also meet her traitorous ex and witness Theia’s fight for her life with suspense and danger galore. There’s no romance in Siren’s Storm, but I’d like to think there will be some sparks between Theia and the wolf shifter in future installments.
This story is well-written and I am intrigued by the characters and the plotline. While there is some closure herein, everything does not wrap up cleanly. The ending nicely sets up a sequel-to-come. I look forward to where Asa takes Theia’s story next.
Suggested Reading Order:
This is a stand-alone novella in the exciting urban fantasy series, The Sea King's Daughters, in which six amazing authors write in a shared universe filled with monsters and other dangers that threaten the Merfolk sisters.
Siren’s Tide by Philipa Balentine
Siren’s Serenity by Stacia D. Kelly
Siren’s Curse by Katee Robert
Siren’s Calling by Piper J. Drake
Siren’s Surge by Lauren Harris
Siren’s Storm by Asa Maria Bradley