The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea

A desperate orphan turned pirate and a rebellious imperial daughter find a connection on the high seas in a rich, riveting fantasy set in a world divided by colonialism and threaded with magic.

Aboard the pirate ship Dove, Flora the girl takes on the identity of Florian the man to earn the respect and protection of the crew. For Flora, former starving urchin, the brutal life of a pirate is about survival: don’t trust, don’t stick out, and don’t feel. But on this voyage, as the pirates prepare to sell their unsuspecting passengers into slavery, Flora is drawn to the Lady Evelyn Hasegawa, who is en route to a dreaded arranged marriage with her own casket in tow. Flora doesn’t expect to be taken under Evelyn’s wing, and Evelyn doesn’t expect to find such a deep bond with the pirate Florian.

Soon the unlikely pair set in motion a wild escape that will free a captured mermaid (coveted for her blood, which causes men to have visions and lose memories) and involve the mysterious Pirate Supreme, an opportunistic witch, and the all-encompassing Sea itself. Deftly entwining swashbuckling action and Asian folklore in a land dominated by an imperial class, Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s inventive debut novel conjures a diverse cast of characters seeking mastery over their fates while searching for answers to big questions about identity, equality, and love.

Title:The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea
ISBN:9781536204315
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  • Charlie Anders

    The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea will take you on the journey of a lifetime. Maggie Tokuda-Hall has created characters that I've never seen before, and then put them into an adventure that feels mor...

  • Tara ?

    *sniffs the air* Do I smell a sapphic pirate romance?...

  • Lea (drumsofautumn)

    “magic and mayhem set aboard a pirate ship” y’all know this was written for me, don't even pretend otherwise...

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    There may come a day when "it's about pirates and it's also queer" doesn't immediately make me click want to read, but it is not this day...

  • ?? TABI ??

    well of course magic and mayhem is what I expect of life aboard a pirate ship okay...

  • Cindy ?? Savage Queen ?

    ...a story of magic and mayhem set aboard a pirate ship... More pirates to add to my TBR!!!...

  • anna (readingpeaches)

    adventures, pirates and a poc f/genderfluid couple...................... i literally could not ask for more...

  • Rebecca

    “A story of magic and mayhem set aboard a pirate ship.”Well SIGN ME UP....

  • Joe

    Incredibly charming and creative world building. I couldn’t get over how FUN every environment this book took me through was.I really connected with the main character. I feel like I know them in re...

  • Micaela Muldoon

    No pirate story is complete without magic and mayhem....