Mermen of Ea: Book Two
Since learning of his merman shifter heritage, Taren has begun building a life with Ian Dunaidh among the mainland Ea. But memories of his past life still haunt him, and as the threat of war with the hostile island merfolk looms ever closer, Taren fears he will lose Ian the same way he lost his beloved centuries before. Together they sail to the Gateway Islands in search of the fabled rune stone—a weapon of great power the Ea believe will protect them—and Odhrán, the pirate rumored to possess it.
After humans attack the Phantom, Taren finds himself washed up on an island, faced with a mysterious boy named Brynn who promises to lead him to Odhrán. But Taren isn’t sure if he can trust Brynn, and Odhrán is rumored to enslave Ea to protect his stronghold. Taren will have to put his life on the line to find his way back to Ian and attempt to recover the stone. Even if he does find it, his troubles are far from over: he and Ian are being stalked by an enemy who wants them dead at all costs.
This is no book for the un-initiated! Though I feel you could read it as a standalone, I think you’d be confused and missing a lot!
Shira Anthony puts SO MUCH detail and description into these stories. Her most powerful weapon is her world-building. It is complete, full and gorgeous.
She is not afraid to give our guys their love story and then yank it from their feet a few times before letting them be happy, either.
From book one we know that Teran and Ian have a history far beyond this life-span. This story explores that history.
There are several new characters, Odhran being one – another pirate captain who shows Teran more about his past.
There is an epic – I mean EPIC – battle, some sadness and then some wonder.
If you are a fan of the series you won’t want to miss this installment and follow our Teran and Ian through their adventures.
Michael Stellman narrated book one and does another excellent job with book 2. He has such a pleasing voice at a great pace with a knack for emotion. He absolutely adds to the experience.
4.5 of 5 hearts