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Voiceless: A Mermaid's Tale


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This is an interesting interpretation to The Little Mermaid tale; though slow at times and clunky in its delivery, the story shows promise.

Deep beneath the sea lies a secret world of Merfolk and magic; however, it is not as idyllic as it first appears. Moriah is a sixteen-year-old mermaid, the granddaughter of the king, Abaddon. In her world, maidens are barely permitted to speak and can only rarely share their opinions with others. Luckily, Moriah’s father is more open-minded, permitting Moriah to learn to read and speak her mind on occasion.

Following tradition, Moriah has the chance to travel to the human world, one to which Moriah’s ancestors used to belong before a curse condemned them to an unfeeling life as Merpeople. On the surface, she meets a human named Michael and she sees how different her life could be if the curse were lifted. Upon her return, Moriah begins to study magic and learn more about her world. Mysteries are revealed to her as she begins to understand her grandfather for who he really is and the fact that her father has kept dark secrets from her for her entire life. Moriah’s strength of will and desire to improve life for everyone inspires her to step beyond herself to destroy the forces of evil and free her people.

Readers familiar with The Little Mermaid will recognize echoes of Ariel’s story within Moriah’s tale. However, Moriah is a stronger, more self-possessed heroine who becomes a leader while navigating the obstacles in her way. The tale follows a compelling story arc, though the writing could benefit from some restructuring. Instead of allowing the story to unfold, the narrative is dictated toward the reader, causing the flow to become sluggish at times. A host of plot developments and details are delivered throughout the story, attempting to accomplish a huge list of tasks in a relatively short time.

Unlike many young adult novels, Voiceless attempts to address the psychological effects inherent to the struggles Moriah faces. While an important effort, it feels forced at the end of the book and could be better implemented. Overt references to Christianity pervade the story without any firm explanation. Occasional strong language and cursory discussions of violence and romance make this story an acceptable transition to young adult literature for less mature readers. While ultimately an interesting story, the writing and delivery could use some support to become a more engaging read.

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Anna Finch lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she works as a teacher of English and Humanities by day and as a writer by night. She hopes to thrill, inspire, and reinforce a love of reading in all who pick up her work. view profile

Published on October 20, 2020

90000 words

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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