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.


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