I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Rise of the Sea Witch by Stacey Rourke
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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.
I was so excited to be able to get a chance to read a copy of this book. Once I saw the cover and read the synopsis I knew I needed this book in my life. As always Stacey does not disappoint, I couldn’t wait to see her take on how Ursula became the Sea Witch.
The story is told in Vanessa (Ursula) POV. Vanessa and Triton are siblings. Poseidon is their father and sadly he really didn’t pay as much attention to Vanessa as he did Triton. Vanessa tried so hard to prove herself to him, she has a big heart and loved her kingdom. She was fighting hard to become the ruler of Atlantica. The story starts when they are young, I thought this gave some good character build. I also liked that it moved ahead in years, I think 6 or 7 years ahead. I really felt bad for Vanessa she just couldn’t seem to catch a break, but with a few twists and turns and a huge secret, things get even worse for her. It was fantastic.
Reading about her turning into the Sea Witch was my favorite part. Overall, I thought this was well done, I really enjoyed reading about her early years and finding out what made her became the evil villain Ursula….I must say I don’t blame her. Highly recommend to YA and adult! I love Stacey’s writing and her humor and snark always comes out in her characters! I love it! This is a really great telling of Ursula’s story and how she become the Sea Witch.
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