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Antara by Marilena Mexi

Published by Lulu

Pages: 146

Ages: Young Adult

Goodreads Summary: Peace and tranquility on the island of Aster, home to both humans and ‘merfolk’, has long been broken by a devastating phenomenon, recurring every five years. A storm including gusting winds and huge waves mysteriously appeared and eradicated much of the population. The misunderstandings, suspicion and hate born of this disaster have torn the two races apart, and the peace loving merfolk are now in a never-ending struggle to prove their innocence and restore peace to the island.
On the human side, things are even worse; under the tyranny of cruel king Orestis, the people suffer and all their king cares for is vengeance against the “fish”, as he spitefully calls them, executing merfolk after merfolk for just being near his lands.
Secrets, intense emotions and strange phenomena will upset their lives forever.

Two worlds are at stake when a kingdom comes under attack by a force of nature so great it takes even the future king’s mother away in it’s wake. As these once friendly kingdoms continue to grow their animosity towards each other does as well especially that of King Orestis. Having lost his mother, King Orestis will do everything in his power to destroy the merfolk he believes are behind it. With only days before another mysterious attack is to happen the Queen of the merfolk, Asteria sets out to remedy the situation and ends up with more than she could have hoped for.

Antara was a wonderful look into the world of mermaids. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and how creatively the world was set up. Not only that, but the author who is also an artist illustrated many of the scenes from the book, which were absolutely gorgeous. I’d highly recommend looking at her Antara Gallery just for a closer glimpse into this wonderfully creative and talented new author.

As for the story behind these gorgeous images, I’d certainly say I was pleasantly surprised. Much of the story focuses around the main character, Queen Asteria, but is also told from the view points of other characters including King Orestis. There is also an entire history of the people, both human and merfolk, that reminded me much of The Lord of the Rings. If I had any problems with the story it would be that I felt there needed to be more editing. There were quite a few grammatical errors and I often found myself wondering what time period I was reading about. Due to the slang thrown in from time to time in a story I was a bit confused because initially I felt Antara was leaning more toward a formal setting similar to that set in many fantasy books like Tolkien’s writing. I was also a bit confused about the genre placement because of the referencing to sexual encounters as well as partial nudity in some of the illustrations. Nothing was severe or offensive at all, but I’m not sure it’s entirely appropriate for the younger end of the young adult genre readers.

Overall I felt Antara and it’s author/illustrator, Marilena Mexi has a bright future. This was a story filled with a creative new world, interesting characters, gorgeous illustrations, a captivating plot and much more. With a few minor changes to grammatical and voice issues I feel Antara would be welcomed with open arms by fans of mermaids and fantasy novels everywhere. As it stands now, I thoroughly enjoyed my reading of Antara and am looking forward to more from Marilena Mexi!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 17 and up. Mermaid and fantasy readers will fall in love with the world of Antara. Age limit set higher due to sexual situations and nudity displayed in illustrations.

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One Response to Book Review: Antara by Marilena Mexi

  1. O cool cover and it sounds good.

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