Wendy reviews ‘Songs of the Sea’ by Dean Frech. Published by JMS Books, LLC May 2, 2018, 258 pages.
Sartin’s amber eyes told his mother and the rest of the Sea People he was destined to become a great protector. Finding his mate at his twenty-third Winter Meeting, Sartin is overjoyed at finally being able to assume his destined role with Sommar by his side.
However, a freak storm soon takes Sartin far away from Winter Cove, and an injury to his tail prevents him from returning. Even worse, he can no longer hear the songs of his pod and his mate in his head.
Sartin finds love and acceptance from Maru, a member of the Land People, who nurses him back to health. When Maru’s people turn against him, Sartin faces a series of battles for his survival. Can the songs of Sommar and his fellow Sea People save him?
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I saw this book promoted in a LGBT book group and bought it straight away. I mean, who doesn’t like mermen and mermaids right? Besides, I’ve read this author before and he’s good.
My first thought as I started reading this book was that this author was completely immersed in his character. I felt like he had captured what the thought process and life of a sea dwelling being perfectly.
Living simply, Sartin enjoys life. I don’t know when I’ve read a character that was more absolute in his living than Sartin and his pod. He and his people were very much in tune with nature. That includes the dangers that living along side predators brings as well as basic activities of their daily lives. Sartin is a warrior, a protector and was taught to be this from his birth. Being one of the merpeople who was born with amber eyes, he and the other pod members like him have very specific duties and Sartin takes his duties seriously.
I loved hearing the stories that he and the other adults would tell the children and I could appreciate the pod dynamics.
A big part of Sartin’s life and that of his pod, revolves around the first of the merpeople. They have turned these two into a religion of sorts and by the re-telling of their lives, have a map of the way to live and prosper. Hearing Sartin thank the “Princess” or pray to her is a common occurrence throughout the book.
One of the things that Sartin wanted was to have an adventure. He gets his wish that’s for sure! Finding his mate during the winter migration was a sweet moment. I love the songs that he and his people hear and having them hear different songs that belong to different people in the pod as well as the collective is just brilliant.
I don’t want to spoil the story by telling too much about what happens to Sartin when he gets injured and separated from his new mate and the pod. I will say that I enjoyed the time he spends with Maru and later with Maru’s people was full of sweet, funny moments, some that were sad and others that were full of suspense.
His journey back to his family is fraught with danger and I was on the edge of my seat wondering if he would be able to make it to them.
Dean Frech has written an amazing world and I hope to see more of it.
With inspiration from historical tourism sites, the love of reading, and a desire to write a novel, Dean started crafting his debut novel, A Place to Call Their Own, in 2008. After four years of writing and polishing the manuscript, it was accepted and originally published 2013. His second novel, Disappear With Me, set in Edwardian England was published later that same year. Both novels were re-released in May 2015.
Dean lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his two cats. He’s involved in his church and enjoys watching movies, outdoor activities in the warmer weather, and spending time with friends and family. In addition to writing, Dean’s hobbies include reading and patio gardening.
Dean is currently working a standalone title, Sartin, a merman romance, and The Higher Law, a continuation of the story of Frank and Gregory’s family set in the 1930s.