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Beneath the Haunting Sea

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Beneath the Haunting Sea
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“Epic, musical, and tender.” — Kirkus Reviews

Can’t You Hear It, Talia? Can’t You Hear the Waves Singing?

Sixteen-year-old Talia was born to a life of certainty and luxury, destined to become Empress of half the world. But when an ambitious rival seizes power, she and her mother are banished to a nowhere province on the far edge of the Northern Sea.

It is here, in the drafty halls of the Ruen Dahr,that Talia discovers family secrets, a melancholy boy with a troubling vision of her future, and a relic that holds the power of an ancient Star. On these shores, the eerie melody of the sea is stronger than ever, revealing long forgotten tales of the Goddess Rahn. The more dark truths that Talia unravels about the gods’ history—and her own—the more the waves call to her, and it's her destiny to answer.

“Epic, musical, and tender.” — Kirkus ReviewsCan’t You Hear It, Talia? Can’t You Hear the Waves Singing?Sixteen-year-old Talia was born to a life of certainty and luxury, destined to become Empress of half the world. But when an ambitious rival seizes power, she and her mother are banished to a nowhere province on the far edge of the Northern Sea. It is here, in the drafty halls of the Ruen Dahr,that Talia discovers family secrets, a melancholy boy with a troubling vision of her future, and a relic that holds the power of an ancient Star. On these shores, the eerie melody of the sea is stronger than ever, revealing long forgotten tales of the Goddess Rahn. The more dark truths that Talia unravels about the gods’ history—and her own—the more the waves call to her, and it's her destiny to answer.
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Sales Rank:
280,648
Pages:
400
Publication Date:
01/09/2018
ISBN13:
9781624145346
Product Dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x1.40(d)
Publisher:
Page Street Publishing
Age Range:
12 Years
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JOANNA RUTH MEYER lives with her dear husband and son in Mesa, Arizona, where it never rains (or at least not often enough for her!). When she’s not writing, she can be found teaching piano lessons, drinking copious amounts of tea, reading thick books, and dreaming of winter.Visit her at joannaruthmeyer.com, and follow her on Twitter @gamwyn.

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“Epic, musical, and tender.” — Kirkus Reviews

”[Talia] and her mother are banished to a nowhere province on the edge of the Northern Sea. … On these shores, the eerie melody of the sea reveals long-forgotten tales of the Goddess Rahn [and] dark truths…”–Justine Magazine

12/01/2017
Gr 9 Up—Days after suddenly discovering that she is heir to half the world, 16-year-old Talia is banished by her rival to the remotest area of the land, Ryn. On the ship to their exile, Talia's mother becomes convinced that the sea is out to kill them both. She jumps overboard in an attempt to save Talia, leaving her daughter to face exile at the estate of a morose Baron. As part of her banishment, she must marry the Baron's youngest son, Wen. While she initially finds Wen rather lackluster, she and his older half-brother Caiden are instantly attracted to each other. Both of the boys' mothers died mysteriously, and Talia finds a locked tower and temple that may have played a part in their deaths. She and Wen grow closer searching for answers, aided by Wen's mystical abilities. Talia comes to believe that her mother, along with all the dead, are held captive under the sea by the death goddess Rahn, and that she alone can save them. But will she and Wen survive the showdown? This is an ambitiously complicated plot with multiple settings for readers to keep track of, including locations that evoke the Middle East and Europe and their histories. Stilted dialogue and curses referencing the old gods land heavily. VERDICT An additional purchase for libraries with die-hard fantasy readers. Readers would be better served by Rae Carson's "Girl of Fire and Thorns" trilogy.—Lee De Groft, Jamestown High School, Williamsburg, VA2017-10-01
A rightful empress, exiled before she takes the throne, finds that her destiny lies under the ocean.Almost as soon as Talia learns that she's the dying emperor's biological daughter, a usurper banishes Talia and her mother thousands of miles across the sea. On the voyage, Talia's mother seems to go mad, scribbling gibberish onto paper and leaping to a watery death. Having come from a Middle-Eastern-ish desert-and-city culture of brown-skinned people, Talia arrives on a distant island of white people—and finds herself nonconsensually betrothed. Bereft, stunned, displaced, she listens to the music coming from the sea and delves into reading religious myths she doesn't believe in—only to slowly, horrified, discover her destiny. In this Gothic-touched and unabashed love letter to Tolkien, Meyer weaves singing and ancient myths (or are they history?), offset in italics, with archetypal relics, beings, and curses—a massive tree, an ancient jar of starlight, ancestors, gods, eternal punishment at the bottom of the sea—through an epic adventure to a homey ending. Along the way, Talia's understanding of herself is challenged over and over, she finds love, and she fulfills the destiny that is somehow also completely her choice. Fans of Alison Croggon's Pellinor series will be besotted.Epic, musical, and tender. (Fantasy. 12-16)

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From its first page, THE HAUNTING SEA had me hooked. The eerie, is ...
From its first page, THE HAUNTING SEA had me hooked. The eerie, isolated setting, crumbling manor house, and lushly built world combine to create an atmosphere somewhere between THE SILMARILLION and THE SECRET GARDEN. It's an odd pairing, I know, but you'll have to read the book to find out what I mean and why this analogy works so beautifully ;) Talia is a relatable heroine whose quiet strength and determination won me over very quickly. I'd especially recommend this book to those who loved THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater--the remote island setting and gorgeous prose will definitely appeal to anyone who enjoyed the aforementioned. Fans of older, more classic fantasy with its rich world-building and well-developed mythologies will certainly find much to love in THE HAUNTING SEA as well. It feels like a throwback to the beloved older fantasies I grew up with, like the works of Tolkien or Peter Beagle's LAST UNICORN. I'll definitely be buying a copy of this the day it's out in print, to keep on my shelves for rainy, windswept days.
- Laura-Weymouth
January 24, 2018
Beneath the Haunting Sea first landed on my TBR due to its stunnin ...
Beneath the Haunting Sea first landed on my TBR due to its stunning cover, and the more I heard about it, the more excited I became. I love books involving forgotten tales laced in magic and mystery, and I couldn't wait to see what Joanna had in store for us here. The Result? Combining an unforgettable world, fearless characters, and an age old mystery, Beneath the Haunting Sea is a fantastic read from start to finish. Beneath the Haunting Sea is told through Talia's perspective. When she is first introduced her life is delightfully ordinary. She has a good home, trustworthy friends, and a loving family. She feels safe and sound, and her personality reflects it. She's innocent, happy, and a tad bit mischievous. Everything changes, though, the moment Talia and her mother are accused of treason and banished from their kingdom. Suddenly, Talia, the girl who's never had a reason to be extraordinarily brave before, has to be fearless, bold, and tactful. She has to take charge and stand up for what she loves and believes in. I found Talia to be incredibly likable. My heart broke for her as she faced challenge after challenge; however, I was so proud when she began to get stronger. I will admit that Beneath the Haunting Sea is a slow-moving. Several times I put it aside and came back to it a few days later; however, this wasn't a bad thing, because, in my opinion, Beneath the Haunting Sea is a book to be savored not devoured in one swoop. Joanna slowly builds up Talia's world, the stories of the sea, and the foes and heroes to be found. The development is fantastic, and I appreciated every layer she introduced. The action slowly appears as well and builds up beautifully. By the end, I was racing through dying to know what would happen next. Now for the romance...Beneath the Haunting Sea contains two potential love interests. While normally potential love triangles send me running for the hills, I thought it worked well here. The two boys introduced were as different as night and day. One is caring and steadfast, always willing to offer a helping hand, and like Talia, he deals with his own demons. The other is passionate and wild, bring out the recklessness in Talia as well. While I did have a favorite out of the two - I won't say who - I enjoyed seeing both avenues explored and I was incredibly happy with the ending. Overall, Beneath the Haunting Sea is a lush and beautifully written addition to YA fantasy. Joanna Ruth Meyer is yet another 2018 debut author to keep an eye on, and I can't wait to see what she writes next.
- Lauren817
January 9, 2018
At its heart, BENEATH THE HAUNTING SEA is a story of how far one ...
At its heart, BENEATH THE HAUNTING SEA is a story of how far one is willing to go for the ones they love. We see this in Talia’s brave search for her mother, trapped in the evil sea goddess Rahn’s Hall of the Dead, and in Wen’s loyal refusal to leave her side. I’m always attracted to books with a thread of mystical magic woven in, and a healthy dose of music, and this book has both. Meyer weaves together music, myth, and emotion so seamlessly, one can almost forget this is her debut novel. As a writer myself, I often find myself pulled out of stories, critiquing the author’s use of plot points, moments when characters make decisions I feel they shouldn’t, based on their established actions. From the first paragraph, SEA dragged me to the depths of the sea to dance forever with the Billow Maidens, and I never wanted to let go.
- jennadevillier
February 16, 2018
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