Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Review Tour + #Giveaway: The Mermaid and the Unicorns by L.T. Getty @GoddessFish

The Mermaid and the Unicorns

by L.T. Getty

GENRE: Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure


Daphne’s a typical mermaid, and at least according to her, that’s a problem. She’s courageous and has a beautiful singing voice, but lacks the power of an elemental, the ability to command water with the sound of her voice. Jealous of her best friend, she makes a deal with a sea-witch, only to be betrayed, in place of her beautiful tail and flukes Daphne’s left beached with a pair of human legs. The spell keeping Daphne looking human will become permanent, unless Daphne can hunt down and bring the scheming Lorelei a unicorn horn before the next full moon.

Unable to reach her friends and family for help, Daphne doesn’t know how to walk, much less where to find a unicorn or how to catch one. Even if she’s successful, Daphne’s still not sure if she can trust Lorelei and her pint-sized kraken to keep their end of the bargain and let her return to the sea.

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Echor explored a small rocky cave before he chattered. I saw a fish I'd never seen before. He was orange and white!

"You'll see lots as you travel from place to place," Daphne told the small dolphin. "Come, your mother won't forgive me if I let you roam from the pod."

Why hurry? Echor asked as he swam, spinning around different plants and sponges that grew along the rocks, before focusing in on a vibrant snail. It was not a very old reef, though it was well inhabited by many vividly-colored, small fish. The young dolphin seemed to take pleasure in disturbing them and watching them scurry into their small hiding crevices and among the anemones. You're so lucky that you get to stay in your town all the time. This part of the sea is so beautiful!

"I think it would be neat to see so much of the ocean," Daphne said, thinking of her small town of Thranda. Unlike the dolphins, who often travelled long distances in a single day, most merfolk lived in towns unless they left their communities to hunt or travel to another community. She had known members of his family since she was a little mermaid, and only got to see them a few times a year when they passed through her home to feed in a nearby bay. She heard a series of warnings behind her—the other dolphins had detected something with their echolocation. Unless it was something exceptionally large, they should have been safe within the pod, but Echor was very young. "Echor, let's return to your family." The young dolphin had wandered off while Daphne had turned her head, chasing a seal that had left her bob, trying to swim away from Echor.

"Echor!" Daphne called, swimming after him. She caught up to him, then looked over her shoulder as she heard a familiar sound. An orca! Daphne suppressed a shudder. It was large, but far enough away for her to find a hiding space. Still, killer whales almost always travelled in groups. The killer whale dove when he spotted her. She knew the others would want to help, but they were no match for an orca. He swam quickly towards her and Echor. Daphne knew she would be hard pressed to out-swim the large creature.

Hide! the orca told her.

Daphne then saw the immense shadow and wooden keel of a ship following the orca. The killer whale dove deep, though the water was too clear and shallow to truly hide his massive form. A harpoon followed him, missed, and was quickly pulled back to the surface by a rope. Another harpoon plunged into the water, and then another. The rough waters churned green and grey in the ship's wake, and Echor's warning chatter only told her that there was another human vessel. It came from Daphne's left, and it dragged a net behind it.

My Review:

A mermaid, Daphne wanted to have powers like her friend so she made a deal with a witch. The witch took Daphne to the human world and gave her legs like the humans have. The witch told Daphne that if she wanted to be a mermaid again and go home to her family she would have to bring her the horn of a unicorn or she would forever be a human never to see her home again.

So Daphne set out to find this unicorn horn. Along the way she met some really great humans whom she became fast friends with. Daphne and her new friends got in a whole heap of trouble on their journey. The excitement just kept pouring out never letting up from one page to the other. The tension and the twists alone were enough to keep me flipping those pages.

The Mermaid and the Unicorns was a fun, light warmhearted read that is bound to keep you enchanted from beginning to end. Daphne is a sweet and charming character both as a mermaid and a human. She has one of the biggest hearts ever. I would love to read more from this world.

She somehow managed to get herself in a lot of precarious predicaments which was not her fault. Daphne scared the crap out of me on several different occasions. I was so frightened for her that each time I thought this is it for sweet little Daphne. What is she going to do now?

I would recommend The Mermaid and the Unicorns to anyone looking for their next best read no matter what their age. Grab your copy of The Mermaid and the Unicorns today for a grand adventure with a little mermaid!  

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

L.T. Getty is a rural paramedic from Manitoba. She enjoys writing science fiction and fantasy and generally being creative.




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LT Getty said...

Thank you for the review!

Sherry said...

Great excerpt and such a pretty cover.

Bea LaRocca said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of The Mermaid and the Unicorns, this story is a must read for my granddaughters and I

pippirose said...

The book sounds like a wonderful read. Love the beautiful cover.

Stormy Vixen said...

Beautiful cover, L.T. I enjoyed following the tour and learning about The Mermaid and the Unicorns, which sounds like a great book! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Avid Reader for sharing your review! Have an awesome day!