Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.
This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is a bisexual fractured fairy tale: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember.
A Norse retelling of The Little Mermaid, Ember’s latest novel stars a 19-year-old mermaid named Ersel who seeks the help of trickster god Loki in order to be reunited with shield-maiden Ragna.
Yes, yes, yes and yes.
The Seafarer’s Kiss will be available from Interlude Press on May 4, 2017. Sadly, it is not yet listed for pre-order.
Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.
Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.