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Imaginative and well written. I enjoyed every page of Deception. The world building is exceptional and the author makes the underwater kingdoms and royal families come to life in the pages of the Son of a Mermaid series.
Because of the class system and hierarchy, the main character, Prince Shea, will not be allowed to marry his girlfriend, Kae - a mere servant to the royal family. They’ve been together since book one and although they want to be to a couple, Kae’s distress about her societal status keeps her questioning whether or not to remain Shea’s girlfriend. Some of her actions made me question her motives which added some nice tension to the story.
Deception has a cast of strong, determined, and memorable characters including Zan/Xander, a young sorcerer who has a sordid and dark past because of his powerful magic. He’s been used by Prince Demyan to do unimaginable and terrible things with his power and Zan has mental and emotional hardships to overcome in this installment.
Hailey, the drylander girl and good friend to Shea and Kae, provides the teens a place to escape when they need to get away from the strife and politics of the underwater world. She’s the same old Hailey - chatty and full of teen drama - except she’s not exactly the same. No spoilers here, but there are consequences because of what happened to Hailey in the previous book.
This novel has twists and surprises, murder and magic. Deception has a wonderful action-filled and satisfying ending. But the author left some plot lines open that need finishing - and I can’t wait for the next book!