Belva Rae Staples
CreateSpace, (May 14 2012, $20.95
George O’Dell is going through the papers of his beloved late mentor Miss MacAlpin when he finds manuscripts about Oceanus in Kriterion. George notices peculiar parallels to his life.
In underwater Oceanus, Serena the mermaid breaks one of her father King Neptune’s strictest taboos when she heard a human crying. She knew no contact with surface dwellers is allowed by her sire, but Serena could not ignore Captain Gabe drifting in a dory as he considers killing himself. She touches his head and knows him; and soon believes he is her true love. Neptune is irate at his daughter’s behavior. His rage causes an underwater earthquake that frees Lotan the leviathan who Neptune orders to kill Gabe. Meanwhile the leader of Kriterion, The Ancient Man is disgusted with Neptune’s overreaching reaction. He sends the angry hybrid human-fallen angel Tide Walker to punish Neptune.
The latest The Kriterion Saga (see The World Between) is a string oceanic fantasy starring a strong cast with difficult decisions to make between self-gratification and saving a kingdom. Action-packed from the moment Serena and Gabe meet, fans will appreciate this character driven sea thriller as anger, superego and obstinacy may topple a realm though redemption and caring of others may save the kingdom.