Skin of the Sea

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Publisher Description

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The must-read Black mermaid fantasy series that #1 NYT bestselling author Nicola Yoon calls “epic and original,” in which one mermaid takes on the gods themselves. Perfect for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and anyone who can't wait for the live-action The Little Mermaid.

“Riveting.” —NPR
“Evocative.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Remarkable.” —Buzzfeed

A way to survive.
A way to serve.
A way to save.

Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata—a mermaid—collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home.

But when a living boy is thrown overboard, Simi goes against an ancient decree and does the unthinkable—she saves his life. And punishment awaits those who dare to defy the gods.

To protect the other Mami Wata, Simi must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. But all is not as it seems. There's the boy she rescued, who knows more than he should. And something is shadowing Simi, something that would rather see her fail . . .

Danger lurks at every turn, and as Simi draws closer, she must brave vengeful gods, treacherous lands, and legendary creatures. Because if she fails, she risks not only the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.

Young Adult
November 2
Random House Children's Books
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

mikemjohnson86 ,

Loved reading a book about a Black Mermaid

Where do I start. It’s clear the Little Mermaid was an inspiration behind this story that took what we knew about the aforementioned and flipped it upside down. This wasn’t about a princess, instead we saw a hero rise from the depths of the ocean after disobeying rules set in place by the Orisha who gave her life after death.

The plot was simple but the adventure was complex in a good way. Simidele is the best of both worlds, she is a hero who, sometimes is out of her depths. She’s not reliant on being a damsel despite her struggling to stand on her own at times. And while she’s prideful, she isn’t unlikable.

The aesthetics of historical events makes this story that much better. Using the dark American/West African history makes it feel real despite the somewhat abstract nature of it. The more… I can’t say enough about the Orisha and the West African lore. I’ve learned as much as I was entertained.

The give in take dance Natasha does with her two protagonist is admirable. It’s a satisfying story that works as a one off, but she’s so good at diving into the West African lore through the eyes of the main MC that you want to read more.

Sol🌶 ,

Educational and engaging

I learned so much about West African spirituality through reading this and I can’t get enough! Loved so much about this story and how eloquently it was written. Can’t wait for the sequel to come out!

Au Vintage ,

Thank you for this Book!

I don’t often re-read books because (like the author & most Black children from the 80s) we constantly don’t see ourselves in books!
This is a beautiful story infused with spirituality, love & pride for ourselves. We are so much more than our involuntary enslavement!

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