by Jennifer Donnelly
Disney Hyperion, 2014. Fiction 340 p.
Serafina is a mermaid princess, just about to go through a rite of passage marking her ascension to the thrown. As soon as the ceremony is over her kingdom is attacked and she sees her mother, the queen, mortally wounded. She is forced to flee by advisers who want to preserve the royal line. Thus she starts a quest to find and stop the evil force that is terrorizing all of the mer-kingdoms. During her quest she meets five other mer-maidens who, like her, have been lead by dreams to seek out the sea witches for help. Donnelly has created interesting characters and an imaginative setting. This is the first in an exciting new "girl power" series, fast paced and full of adventure.