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Eel's Reverence

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The Eel is a place. The reverence is … complicated. With all sides bracing for battle, Aunt Libby wins the hearts and minds of some of the humans and mermayds around her. If they aren’t enough, if they fail her under pressure, the best the people of The Eel can hope for is a brutal suppression. The worst is a bloodbath that will made the sea run red.
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Gwen Mayo
May 13, 2011 Gwen Mayo rated it it was amazing
In Eel’s Reverence, Marian Allen has created a delightful fantasy world and a great cast of characters. The "Eel" is similar to our world in more agrarian times. Battles are fought with knives, fists, clubs, and crossbows. Travel is by horse or cart. Humankind and mermayds come into contact and conflict with each other in a complex, prickly relationship. The complexity of relationships is not confined to race. Aunt Libby unwittingly stumbles into the role of foil to an alliance of reaver priests ...more
Joseph Lewis
Nov 24, 2010 Joseph Lewis rated it liked it
Eel’s Reverence is a story about peace overcoming violence, as well as an exploration of a fantasy world of “mermayds” (who all seem to be male), and a society where men give birth and couples start families at the age of ten. It’s an interesting place to visit and a story with a worthwhile message.

I wish the author had developed this world more fully, however. I finished the book with many questions. For example, what are the consequences of men experiencing pregnancy? (and women not experienc
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Heidi Vlach
Jan 21, 2012 Heidi Vlach rated it really liked it
As a pacifistic elderly woman, Aunt Libby is not your everyday fantasy protagonist. That's what first caught my eye about Eel's Reverence and it's what I enjoyed about the story. As a true priest, Libby offers kindness and forgiveness to everyone, even people who have made attempts on her life. She inspires the characters around her to do what's right, which drives the entire story. A lot of characters turn from enemies into friends regardless of whether they're religious themselves. One ...more
Carol Preflatish
Aug 11, 2011 Carol Preflatish rated it really liked it
I loved Eel's Reverence by Marian Allen. She has a way with words and puts them to good use in this book. The characters were wonderful. My favorite thing about this book is the cover. Magnificent cover for a magnificent book. Good job, Marian. I highly recommend it.
Jen Wylie
Aug 25, 2011 Jen Wylie rated it it was amazing
Mermayds and humans oh my!
A great story with conflict, peace vs violence and an excellent look into human (and not so human) character.
Love Marian's writing style and voice. If you haven't checked out her new book Force of Habit you better go read it too!
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For as long as I can remember, I've loved telling and being told stories. When, at the age of about six, I was informed that somebody got paid for writing all those books and movies and television shows, I abandoned my previous ambition (beachcomber), and became a writer.

I've worked as a high school teacher, an executive secretary, a soda jerk, a bank clerk, an accountant, and in Red Cross Youth S
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