Review: Rogue Wave (Waterfire Saga 2)

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Rogue Wave (Waterfire Saga #2)
by Jennifer Donnelly

In this exciting sequel to DEEP BLUE, Serafina uncovers more clues about the talismans, Neela ventures into a sea dragon’s nest, and Ling learns the identity of their foe.

Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: the mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled-powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring again, and only the mermaids can defeat it. To do so, they need to find magical talismans that belonged to the Six.

Serafina believes her talisman was buried with an old shipwreck. While researching its location, she is almost discovered by a death rider patrol led by someone familiar. . . . The pain of seeing him turned traitor is devastating.

Neela travels to Matali to warn her parents of the grave threat facing their world. But they find her story outlandish; a sign that she needs to be confined to her chamber for rest and recovery. She escapes and travels to Kandina, where her talisman is in the possession of fearsome razormouth dragons.

As they hunt for their talismans, both Serafina and Neela find reserves of courage and cunning they didn’t know they possessed. They face down danger and death, only to endure a game-changing betrayal, as shocking as a rogue wave.

my reviewLet me just say this for starters.. The ending was the bomb!

This is a fantasy series that sidelines as a suspense thriller, because clearly, there are a lot of unpredictable twists and turns that will have you saying, “this isn’t what I have expected!” The six enchanting mermaids, united by the river witches, continue their quest for the talismans of the Six-Who-Ruled. Their powers intertwined and more useful than ever, Serafina, Neela and Ling had experienced an underwater maelstrom they wouldn’t know how to get out of.

I read Deep Blue a year ago, but I forgot where I wrote my review for it. So far, the aquatic terms in Deep Blue were a little complicated at that time, I had some moments when I had to think twice about gobies and guppies and currensea, etc.. Nevertheless, the characters and the events of the past are still tucked inside my brain, so when the opportunity to review Rogue Wave came along, those mermaids and water creatures instantly swam through my head and got re-acquainted with my brain cells.

Yes, I’m glad to read about Neela again who happened to be my favorite in Deep Blue. But in Rogue Wave, I think my new favorite is the ever vain Thalia, who proved to be quite useful even-though you have to compliment her beauty all the time. Likewise, the dragons, trawlers, sea-witches and mirrors make this sequel more entertaining than ever.

*NOTE: I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*


Jennifer Donnelly is the author of seven novels – Rogue Wave, Deep Blue, Revolution, A Northern Light, The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose and The Wild Rose – and Humble Pie, a picture book for children. She grew up in New York State, in Lewis and Westchester counties, and attended the University of Rochester where she majored in English Literature and European History.

Jennifer’s first novel, The Tea Rose, an epic historical novel set in London and New York in the late 19th century, was called “exquisite” by Booklist, “so much fun” by the Washington Post, a “guilty pleasure” by People and was named a Top Pick by the Romantic Times.

In 2014, Jennifer teamed up with Disney to launch the bestselling Waterfire Saga, an epic series about six mermaids on a quest to rid the world of an ancient evil. The first book in the series, Deep Blue, was released in May, 2014; the second book, Rogue Wave, launched in January 2015.

Jennifer lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, daughter, and two rescue dogs.


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