Friday, July 5, 2013

Book Review: Descent (Son of a Mermaid #1

Release Date: May 15, 2013
Author: Katie O'Sullivan
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Length: 232 pages

Shea MacNamara’s life just got complicated.

After a freak tornado devastates his Oklahoma farm, the fifteen-year-old orphan is whisked away to Cape Cod. Struggling to make sense of his new surroundings, he’s trying hard to deal with feelings of abandonment… and the emotions stirred by a girl he meets along the shore.

Kae belongs to an undersea world hidden from drylanders. The daughter of royal servants, she knows the planned marriage of her Princess to the foreign King should put an end to the war between the clans. But two things stand in the way of lasting peace: the ambitions of the foreign King’s regent, and rumors of the Princess’s bastard child.

Sparks fly when she meets Shea, but could the cute drylander really be the Son of a Mermaid?


Protagonists: Shea MacNamara is forced to move in with his grandmother after his father's disappearance and supposed death.While in Cape Cod, Shea learns more about himself and his lineage than he ever thought possible Kae lives under the sea and waits upon the royal family, more specifically, the princess of the Atlantic merfolk. The lives of these two individuals changes forever once they meet. While I liked both of these characters, I felt like the could have used a bit more character development as they were both pretty well developed in the beginning of the story.

Romance: I enjoyed this romance, mainly because it didn't take up the bulk of the book, in fact it wasn't really there at all until closer to the end. Sure there were hints here and there that these two characters were going to spawn a romance, there was even a slight hint at a love triangle, though I may have been reading too much into it. The romance didn't go too slow nor did it go too fast which was a definite plus in my book.

World-Building: In this world that the author has built the merfolk are sorted into tribes inhabiting each of the five oceans. Some tribes are extremely prejudiced against "drylanders" while others do their best to live alongside them, this has sparked a war that when the book begins is drawing to a close due to to a treaty between the majors tribes. The world-building is amazing and is very well thought out, with political intrigue, and betrayal this book holds something for everyone.

Predictability: This book does have some very predictable and rather cliched moments that were rather unfortunate. Though it does get better the farther you get into the book, the twists become less and less predictable, and the twists come up almost completely unexpected. There weren't too many larger shocking moments, for the most part they seemed rather small though when they were larger those were usually the ones that were hard to figure out ahead of time.

Ending: This book had a very strong ending, and one that hints at, hopefully, more books to come. Though the ending wasn't anything too dramatic and for the most part stayed fairly plateaued it did give strong signs to a sequel which is hopefully in the works. As the story drew to a close I found myself much more invested in the story and became more and more excited as things started to be revealed.


While this book didn't blow me out of the water, it's still a great summer read and wonderful addition to anyone's library. It starts off a bit slow at first but it quickly picks up, and as I've said the ending is very strong and probably my favorite part. If you want to purchase this book for yourself you can order it from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.



  1. Thanks for your review and critique, Zach, and yes, there is a sequel (and series) in the works.

    Happy Summer Reading!

  2. Oh so glad you liked this! Katie sent me a copy but I haven't had a chance to read it yet. I hear great things, tho and it's on my summer reading list for sure!

  3. I haven't heard of this before, but your review makes me want to read it!