Very occasionally you pick up a book and from the very first page you know you are reading something quite special.
"A Powerful and fascinating foray into the future of science and its unforeseen consequences"
An injured merman is found washed up on a beach in Maine. After being brought to a special facility, doctors are at a loss for how to help him. Worse, how are they to keep him away from the eager hands of the military?
One reporter is hot on the trail of what she believes is an elaborate hoax—or the story of a lifetime. A story that has her tracking elusive clues into an ever-growing house of secrets surrounding one of the richest families in New York City. For merfolk have been hiding in plain sight for centuries, and are now torn between sacrificing one of their own—or telling humanity the truth.
Underneath is a story about finding one's place in the world. How far would you go to protect the people you love most?
Original in thought and execution, Underneath - A Merfolk Tale proves an extraordinary science fiction fantasy debut from the pen of M N Arzu. With a dramatic narrative that whips along at a cracking pace, she weaves a plot of enthralling intricacy, her descriptive prowess painting scenes that are both compelling and immersive. It’s far from your run of the mill fantasy offering. Underpinned by a multi-layered plot and lucid prose her style is to reveal only what is necessary, embracing the requisite drama and fantastical elements of the genre, without resorting to trite clichés. Impressively imaginative and further elevated by superb character dynamics and development she gives them an overriding sense of purpose but it’s in their back stories that Arzu really hits her stride and distinguishes herself. No less than in the dialogue and interplay between Ray and Dr Gwen. There’s a charm here that promises much for a developing series, but more importantly she’s succeeded in giving the Merfolk believable origins and a real world identity that leaves us hungry for more.
A highly enjoyable and diverting fantasy that promises much for a possible sequel, Underneath - A Merfolk Tale proves a genuinely bewitching page turner and one we are happy to recommend without reservation.
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I was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala in 1982. I fell in love with books at age 9, when my oldest sister translated the The Chronicles of Narnia for me. Those books would set me on a journey of literature and other languages that continues till this day.
I graduated with a degree in Graphic Design, and I now feed my creative world with equal measures of fantasy and science fiction, always seeking adventures in other realms.
Magic and science blend into the tales I bring to life, and I am constantly striving to capture the essence of the great storytellers from my past.