Flowers for the Sea
Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award
Winner of the Pulver Award
An Ignyte Award Finalist
A Library Journal Editor's Pick! A Den of Geeks Best Books of 2021!
Flowers for the Sea is a dark, dazzling debut novella that reads like Rosemary's Baby by way of Octavia E. Butler
We are a people who do not forget.
Survivors from a flooded kingdom struggle alone on an ark. Resources are scant, and ravenous beasts circle. Their fangs are sharp.
Among the refugees is Iraxi: ostracized, despised, and a commoner who refused a prince, she’s pregnant with a child that might be more than human. Her fate may be darker and more powerful than she can imagine.
Zin E. Rocklyn’s extraordinary debut is a lush, gothic fantasy about the prices we pay and the vengeance we seek.
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Rocklyn's lyrical gothic fantasy debut considers how life can persist in a world of rot, death, and destruction. Iraxi and her community have survived at sea for 1,743 days, refugees of a flooded, highly stratified kingdom. Now Iraxi, who had been a commoner on land, is in the final days of a pregnancy, and many on the ark view her unborn child as a sign of hope. But Iraxi questions the morality and purpose of bringing life into such a disastrous environment: razorfangs circle in the water, the refugees scrape by on a dwindling supply of rosehip water and beans, and interpersonal conflict abounds. As Iraxi's due date comes ever closer, a darker fear takes root: that her baby may be something other than human. Rocklyn conjures Iraxi's precarious position in fluid, lovely prose, though the tight focus on her pregnancy causes the narrative to feel stagnant at times, as the ark lacks direction both literally and metaphorically, and the world that came before is only hinted at. Still, the constant threats of life on the water present just enough tension to keep this novella afloat.)