The Last Mermaid
Bantam, June, 2004.
Paperback, 580 pages.
Prince Aedan of the British Isles has never believed in the legends of a beautiful siren who lives on the enchanted island of Kell. But when his ship is attacked, Aedan is saved by the siren herself, Ione. But Aedan fulls a strong pull of duty -- his kingdom and his people need him. So begins the fascinating trilogy which winds together three stories -- one set in medieval times, one in the 18th century and one in modern-day. All three stories are linked by an old legend about a siren who lives on a magical island and a man with whom she is linked. The stories are all told in different voices, with differing points of view -- which gives the reader three different persectives on the story. Shana Abe has an interesting way with words, and her characters are complex. They really struggle to make the right decisions. These three powerful and magical love stories are the perfect summer read.
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This review was published in the July-August, 2004 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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