“The Little Mermaid” takes a twisted turn in this thrilling sequel to villainess origin story Sea Witch, as the forces of land and sea clash in an epic battle for freedom, redemption, and true love.
Runa will not let her twin sister die. Alia traded her voice to the Sea Witch for a shot at happiness with a prince who doesn’t love her. And his rejection will literally kill her—unless Runa intervenes.
Under the sea, Evie craves her own freedom—but liberation from her role as Sea Witch will require an exchange she may not be willing to make. With their hearts’ desires at odds, what will Runa and Evie be willing to sacrifice to save their worlds?
Told from alternating perspectives, this epic fairy tale retelling is a romantic and heart-wrenching story about the complications of sisterhood, the uncompromising nature of magic, and the cost of redemption.
“An atmospheric twist on the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Henning’s dive into Little Mermaid lore is equal parts dark and tantalizing. Like the sea it sings of, this story has a strong pull. I found myself unable to set it down!” — Ryan Graudin, award-winning author of Wolf by Wolf
“All hail a new Queen of the Sea! Mystery, romance and revenge sweep you in—and there is magic on every page.” — Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die
“Deftly transforming a fairy tale into a richly layered exploration of culture and relationships, Henning tells the origin story of the Sea Witch from Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Mermaid.’” — Publishers Weekly
“Readers who gobble up every watery paranormal story will certainly enjoy this angst-drenched tale of forbidden love.” — Kirkus Reviews
“This enjoyable read will entertain and be a great fit for collections where fairy-tale retellings are popular.” — School Library Journal
“This spin on “The Little Mermaid” is full of plot twists and heart-in-throat action.
Fans of twisted fairy tales will find plenty to love.”
— ALA Booklist