Thank you so much to TBR & Beyond Tours, Random House Children’s, and Netgalley for providing me with an E-ARC in exchange for an honest review! I absolutely loved The Skin of the Sea! It was a really interesting read with some wonderful world building! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour by clicking here!
I think we both know that you are a creature unto yourself. One that I created buy have been unable to control or contain. I accept and celebrate you, Simidele.”Soul of the Deep by Natasha Bowen
Ya’ll know me! I love when a book jumps straight into the action and Soul of the Deep did exactly that! We are instantly thrust into Simi’s struggles with the decisions she made in Skin of the Sea and what she does when she realizes that this choice may have been for naught. We are quickly reunited with some of my favorite side characters from the first book and thrust into the struggles they all now face as the try to save the world once again!
The intriguing world, lore about orisas, and tie in to actual history is done SO well by Natasha Bowen. If you’re looking for a mermaid fantasy steeped in West African mythology, this is absolutely the duology for you!
Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars
“There is no ‘you’ in this. There is only us. All of us. And we will do this together, bear the burden together.”Soul of the Deep by Natasha Bowen
The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller Skin of the Sea, in which the world must pay the price for one mermaid’s choice, and a dark force reverberates across realms. Perfect for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and those eagerly anticipating the live-action film adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
To save those closest to her, Simi traded away everything: her freedom, her family, and the boy she loves. Now she is sworn to serve a new god, watching over the Land of the Dead at the bottom of the ocean. But when signs of demons begin to appear, it’s clear there are deeper consequences of Simi’s trade. These demons spell the world’s ruin . . . and because of Simi, they now have a way into the human realm. With the fate of the world at stake, Simi must break her promise and team up with a scheming trickster of a god. And if they succeed, perhaps Simi can also unbreak her heart along the way, and find herself again.
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“But I do not hold onto energy that does not benefit me.”Soul of the Deep by Natasha Bowen
About the Author:
Natasha Bowen is a New York Times bestselling author, a teacher, and a mother of three children. She is of Nigerian and Welsh descent and lives in Cambridge, England, where she grew up. Natasha studied English and creative writing at Bath Spa University before moving to East London, where she taught for nearly ten years. She is obsessed with Japanese and German stationery and spends stupid amounts on notebooks, which she then features on her secret Instagram. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, watched over carefully by Milk and Honey, her cat and dog