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Ia is thrown into the water at birth, abandoned for her deformity, she is adopted and raised by a mer-family. A storm drags her to the shore, and she finds herself transformed, but life on land offers challenges she never expected. Ia wants to go home, but something about Matthias draws her to him. Yet, Matthias is a tortured man, and just as Ia, caught between two worlds.
A.R. Draeger does a wonderful job of weaving a new story from pieces of the past. She does not flinch from the truth and history of period island life, but within this frame work she builds a real romance between two flawed people. Written in first person/past tense, we experience life with Ia - from the the sweeter moments to the stinging realities. I love the change in Ia, from beginning to end, and reading through Ia's struggle living between two worlds.
***Some Adult Themes, Situations, or Language***
Just so readers are aware, this a novella, not a full-length novel. I read it in about a day. It is very fast-paced, which is good and bad. I was able to easily read the story, but I think there was a lot of room for development of the Mer-world. The fact that the mer-people largely subsist on humans was very interesting, but the implications of eating humans was not really explored – especially by the protagonist Ia. I mean, she is pretty much a cannibal. She knows she was born human, why does it not bother her that she eats other humans? Also, the Mer-world seems to be female-centric, with Queens or High Mothers as the supreme rulers and female Callers doing the hunting to provide food. However, it is not a matriarchy. Men still hold power over females and are prized for their physical abilities. I found this to be an extremely odd set up and had the Mer-world been a true matriarchy, it would have provided an interesting contrast with the human world.
I also took some issue with the title and phrase “ocean and ash,” which is repeated throughout the book. The “ocean” link is pretty obvious, but why “ash?” There is a fire, but (I can’t say much without spoilers) not enough to implicate they are two halves of the same coin. “Ocean and Sand” or “Ocean and Land” would have been more appropriate, but I think the author must have fallen in love with the sound of “ocean and ash” and wanted to use it (I admit it does sound nice) even if it didn’t exactly fit the story.
Mermaid fiction has picked up in popularity over the last couple of years, but this is the first one I read. I found it entertaining enough that I will probably seek out more, but I would have liked more world-building here.