Title- Rise of the Sea Witch
Author- Stacey Rourke
Genre- Science Fiction
Purchase Link- Amazon
Details of the sea witch’s banishment have been exaggerated. The body count that preempted it was not. Once an illustrious princess, her hands and tentacles were stained with the blood of thousands. No one could comprehend how the hooks of madness dragged her down from her life of privilege.
Born Princess Vanessa of Atlantica, the ambitious young royal was one of two children born to the great King Poseidon. She and her brother, Triton, were groomed from birth to rule. Yet only one would ascend that coveted throne. While carefree Triton flits through his training with a cavalier demeanor and beguiling charm, Vanessa’s hunger for her father’s acceptance drives her to push herself to the limits of magic, and combat to become a leader worthy of her people. When war against the humans ravages their once regal kingdom, political sides are chosen. Factions from the seven seas challenge the existing leadership, pitting Vanessa against her brother in a vicious battle for the crown.
Traitors are exposed, dark family secrets revealed, and a once strong sibling bond is strained to its breaking point. Only when the ink black waters from the ultimate betrayal rescind, will the truth be known of how the villainous sea witch rose with one name on her vengeful lips–Triton.
Princess Vanessa is the eldest child of King Poseidon and has dreams of someday becoming the future Queen of Atlantis however more than a few obstacles have been put in her way. Her younger brother Triton is not only the Kings favorite but it seems everyone elses as well! She wants nothing but to bring peace and prosperity to Atlantis, which she loves with every fiber of her being yet it isn’t as easy as Vanessa thinks.
There are family secrets and dark things hiding in the dark depths of the seven seas long to bring Vanessa to her breaking point, the once loving and ambitious princess is driven to madness and dark powers by betrayals and broken promises to become the feared sea witch we all know and love to hate.
I normally shy away from spoilers in my reviews but I NEED to express the GENIUS of this book and some spoilers will be in my review (sorry).
This is the origin story of how the evil sea witch Ursula becomes what she is and why she is so hell-bent on having Triton’s crown. I am a HUGE little mermaid fan- but who cares, no big deal, I want moooooore and Stacey Rourke is a brilliant evil genius who nails Ursula’s story! Not only does she nail it, she makes you have… feelings other than hate for Ursula…
Yes the evil and quite intimidating Ursula was once a mermaid filled with love for Atlantica, hell she was one in line for the Crown of Atlantica, but things did not go as Vanessa planned. No things for Vanessa went terribly wrong. She was broken and molded into no other than Ursula, the evil sea witch.
So the tales we hear of the Little Mermaid, they give us no reason for Ursula’s need to hurt Triton sp deeply, so we all think she is just plain evil but here’s where the author becomes an evil genius… Ursula was once Princess Vanessa… Triton’s older sister!! Sibling rivalry doesn’t even begin to describe what becomes of Triton and Vanessa. The events in this book are what drive Vanessa mad and turn her heart into the hate filled blackness we all witness when Ariel ( the little mermaid) strikes her deal with the evil sea witch.
The author has outdone herself creating not only an original but also believable back story for Ursula and Triton. She weaves such a magical tale of betrayal and lost that the reader simply does not have a choice but to fall under a spell and feel pity and understanding for the sea witch.
I found the author the ways the author referenced Disney’s version of Little Mermaid in the book to be so freaking creative and perfectly placed! You find your self smirking and snorting and throughly enjoying every page of this book!
Rating- 5 out of 5 cupcakes! I highly HIGHLY recommend this book if you are a fan of retellings, origin stories or a good book!!
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series, and twisted fairy tale Unfortunate Soul Chronicles. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.