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Today I’m over the moon to be sharing my thoughts on an ethereal beauty of a read – Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh! This book is full of historical treasures, romance, and unsettling mystery. Take a peak below to see more about the book and read my thoughts. And don’t forget to drop Sarah some comment love and order your copy of Fear the Drowning Deep today!
Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.
Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.
Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.
Well this was certainly a breathtaking book!
I’m really pleased that Fear the Drowning Deep stumbled upon my TBR pile. This book had a little of everything: romance, monsters, family, and magic. And all of these elements seemed to work in perfect harmony with one another, not a single one of them overwhelming the story and running away with things like I suspected might happen.
Bridey is a wonderful protagonist, for starters. She is fearsome and bold, a Gryffindor in the truest sense of the word. I really came to admire her ability to take action and the willingness she carried to go extreme lengths for her loved ones. She sort of becomes her own knight, though one who isn’t afraid of asking for help at the same time, which I loved seeing in a female heroine.
That same balance of daring and help was sort of a common theme for many of the characters. They were all so tightly bound together by love and it’s endearing to be reminded that close-knit families like that still exist, something Bridey’s family further proves when they take in the mysterious stranger Fynn after he washes ashore horribly wounded.
Fynn was the one straggler in the story I was worried would ruin things. Bridey seems to have a touch of insta-love where Fynn is concerned, becoming a bit of a fickle Romeo herself in a love triangle situation. But you know what? It all went well, way better than I was expecting. The boys were very mature about the situation in the end and while I thought at first the Bridey and Finn’s relationship was all a bit too instant, it ended up bringing out a lovely passion in them both that made the risk taking adventures all that more tense and exciting. These two daredevils were made for each other! By the time the climax of the story came along, I was really rooting for them!
But the real star of this story was the mythology. There are monsters that feel like something straight out of a fairy tale lurking about. The references made in the latter half of the book to Sir Gawain and the Knights of the Round Table fit the mysterious backdrop of sea monsters and death defying quests perfectly. I loved the mysticism the beasts called to and the typical denial of miserable townspeople looking for a scapegoat. It felt very Gaston leading the town to battle in a Disney film – nerve-wracking, but fanciful at the same time.
This book was just so easy to sink my reading teeth into and kick back with a good cup of hot chocolate in hand. All I needed was some rain at my window and I’d have been set for good with this book! Overall, I would highly recommend Ms. Marsh’s Fear the Drowning Deep. There is a little bit of slow moving to get through in the early stages, but the characters are inspiring, loyal heroes amid a timeless story of love and adventure that calls to classic tales of old. If you like historical fantasies, this one may be right up your alley!
My Rating: 4/5
Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. She lives in Virginia with her husband and four rescued greyhounds. When she’s not writing, she’s often painting, or engaged in pursuits of the nerd variety from video games to tabletop adventures and dungeon crawls. Her work is represented by Christa Heschke of McIntosh and Otis. Visit her online at www.sarahglennmarsh.com.