Jade is a 17-year-old mermaid who lives in the underwater city of Thessalonike. Her mother is a trusted advisor of the mer-king, and Jade’s family is upper-class and privileged.
When Jade’s fiancé, Tor, murders a naiad, the resulting unrest puts Jade’s family in danger and threatens the well-being of Thessalonike. Jade is faced with making decisions for the greater good that will result in her making sacrifices.
Breakwater is enjoyable, well-written and imaginative. I like mermaid stories, and admit I love Disney’s The Little Mermaid. However, there is more to this story than a young mermaid falling in love with a human and living happily ever after. There are relevant themes of political intrigue, prejudice and helping others. Jade is a likable character, and I like how she grows, deals with her own prejudices and decides to do the right thing. I also love Jade’s relationship with Kiki, her dolphin.
I would recommend Breakwater.