Description via Amazon.com
The merrow rule the sea. Slender creatures, fair of face, with silver scales and the graceful tails of angelfish. Caught in a Brid Clarion net, the daughter of the sea witch perishes in the sunlit air. Her fingers dangle above the swells.
The queen of the sea bares her sharp teeth and, in a fury of wind and waves, cleanses the brine of ships and men. But she spares a boy for his single act of kindness. Callum becomes the Ferryman, and until Brid Clarion pays its debt with royal blood, only his sails may cross the Deep.
Two warring nations, separated by the merrow’s trench, trade infant hostages in a commitment to peace. Now, the time has come for the heirs to return home. The Ferryman alone can undertake the exchange.
Yet, animosities are far from assuaged. While Brid Clarion’s islands bask in prosperity, Haf Killick, a floating city of derelict ships, rots and rusts and sinks into the reefs. Its ruler has other designs.
And the sea witch crafts dark bargains with all sides.
Callum is caught in the breach, with a long-held bargain of his own which, once discovered, will shatter this life.
Best-selling author D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with her husband, two dogs, two owls, a horde of bats, and the occasional family of coyotes.
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As a young man, Callum witnesses the capture of a merrow, the Sea Witch’s beloved daughter. Unable to convince the King of Brid Clarion’s men to let her go, he tries himself, and fails.
The Sea Witch is infuriated and takes her anger out on every vessel sailing The Deep, destroying them all and ending trade between the islands and the floating city of Haf Killick. But, because Callum tried to help, she spares his life by making him a barter he has no choice but to accept.
Now, the Ferryman, Callum’s ship is the only one allowed access to the deep, though the price is steep. He must throw a prisoner overboard as the moon rises in penance for the Sea Witch’s lost daughter. The only way to end the killings is with the spillage of royal blood.
Callum is in an impossible position. His wife has been a hostage of Brid Clarion for eighteen years, traded with the baby princess of Haf Killick as a guardian while the King’s infant son was sent to Haf Killick in a show of peace. But when the time arrives for the hostages to return home, the exchange doesn’t go as planned.
Secrets are revealed, the Sea Witch is once again betrayed, and The Deep is ready to swallow everything that stands in the way of the Sea Witch’s vengeance.
As with all of this incredible author’s books, I was drawn right into the world she created with meticulous detail. From the pirate ship’s descriptions to the haunting beauty and deadliness of the merrow, it was hard to set the story aside.
I ached for Callum, cheered for Grier (I hope there will be another story with this charming character!), and gasped over the sword fights. If you’re looking for something beyond the ordinary, The Ferryman and the Sea Witch is an easy five star read!
And then, there’s that cover- wow!
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