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The Rising

(The Painted Maidens Trilogy #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  549 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, slowly eating away at the once thriving underwater landscape. But since the night of Serena’s birth, it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the ...more
ebook, 271 pages
Published November 7th 2013 by Patchwork Press (first published November 1st 2013)
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Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
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It's no secret that I'm a huge fan on Akasha series by this author, and once she announced that she was writing a book about mermaids I was thrilled. Honestly for some unknown reason I have read maybe a couple of books with mermaids in them. Why? I have no idea. At the end I only wish this book was more enjoyable for me so I'd gladly pick another mermaid book, but sadly that's not what happened.

We shall start from beginning here. This is a story about Serena
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
Disclosure: I received this ARC through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Who doesn't love mermaid stories? My first exposure to mermaids came when I was just a child - I went to a friend's birthday party, and we watched The Little Mermaid. It's classic Disney, but since then I've always carried a bit of a fascination for mermaids and sea-lore in general.

That's probably why I sent a request as soon as I saw the cover of The Rising on Netgalley - the cover is beautiful and almost hypnotic,
This has been a banner year for my mermaid obsession!
Are mermaids perhaps the new vampire? Eh. Whatever the reason, I've run across more books dealing with fish-chicks in 2013, than in previous years combined. Yay!

Alrighty, review time.
The Rising had some problems, mainly the awkward third person narration. I usually don't mind third person, but there were definitely some clunky moments in this story because of it. I also can't say that the writing in general was perfection. Nothing horrible, an
books are love
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I laughed at Serena's interactions with Liam and Kai. Kai in the water beyond was just so funny. I cried at the end with Liam and Serena and what they figured out. Those two I hope they get a good ending. Kai and Serena are amazing together and their interactions range from sweet to funny. Those two totally like each other and just are afraid. Well Kai is nervous and more so now. Serena is just trying to grow into her own and with all that is happening in her life adjusting to everything.

Kristen Kooistra
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

One of the things I HATE about mermaid novels is that the mermaid always chooses land *rolls eyes*. It's such a human thing to believe that they would OBVIOUSLY love land better because you know, we're on land.

Which is why I was so happy that this was not one of those books. Serena actually likes being a mermaid and though she does go on land, it's more out of necessity than desire. Her real passion is her ocean.

Oddly enough, most of the story takes place out of the water. The mermaids(
Lea (drumsofautumn)
DNF on page 38. This book has been on my TBR for so many years and I wanted to give it a chance before I let it go. I just wasn't into the world building.
Oct 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I started reading this after just finishing a book I’d rated 5 stars…I was on that book high, hoping this would carry on. Unfortunately, I came back down to earth and felt myself struggling through the start of The Rising. I need to point out that this isn’t a negative review, I did actually enjoy most of the story and the premise of a history between mermaids and werewolves, but the book didn’t blow me away. As I started it, I found myself getting confused with the terminology the author used s ...more
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Serena is an Undine, the youngest one of her kind to be exact. Known as mermaid's to most, they prefer to be called by their true species name.  These are not like other mermaid's who are only bound to the ocean. The Undine's can transform themselves to full human form to walk on dry ground, covering parts of their body with scales for either cover or protection as needed. This is an important characteristic of their race as it is in their human form that they are able to procreate, but only und ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I’ve read about mermaids and werewolves, but this is a wonderfully unique story. I don’t really read a lot of young adult books and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed The Rising. I’m now waiting for the next book to come out. This doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, but you know the story will continue and I’m looking forward to the next book. The underwater world of the Undine (mermaids) is truly brought to life. Look at the cover for just a touch of the beauty in Serena’s world. I love ...more
Jodi Davis
Werewolves and Mermaids once lived in harmony, the werewolves protecting the Undine when they had to come ashore to the Dry. One night, all of that ended when the werewolves rebelled, leaving the blood of many Undine on the sand. Sixteen years have past since the Maiden Massacre and now the sole survivor of that night, Serena, is of age to get the job she will perform for her people. Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, it is her duty to seek out the werewolves and try to make peace. But as she ...more

I received The Rising in return for an honest review via the publisher Patchwork Press Via NetGalley. Serena is the youngest maiden in her caste which is also the last caste they have had due to the massacre that happened on the beach sixteen years prior. Upon reaching maturity they will graduate and hopefully be paired but the threat is still looking on the dry beach. It was the massacre that made Serena has grown up as an orphan always being different her home is dying she’s been looking for a
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
I received this book from netgalley ages ago and I have only now decided to read it and now I do realise why it had taken me so long.

This is a very pretty cover, I especially love the use of colours. I love that it is also in keeping with the story and that I know what it's about.

It took me such a long time to get into this book as nothing much was happening and the things that did happen left me feeling bored. It wasn't until over half way through when I got into this book but even then it was
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I requested The Rising on NetGalley because it sounded like quite a different take on the paranormal. I haven't read any books about mermaids before cause they usually don't sound appealing enough to me, but werewolves are quite common paranormal creatures, but I don't think I've encountered a book that mixes both the way The Rising does.

The Rising was quite a pleasant surprise, it was a very engaging book that not only had a different and unique premise, but also managed to tell a good story in
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever picked up a book that sounded pretty good and you were looking forward to reading it, and then been blown away? This is exactly what happened with The Rising. Terra Harmony has put together a story worthy of an opera. A beautiful symphony that has me laughing, crying, cheering, raging, and finally left me wanting more. I am totally hooked on The Painted Maidens Trilogy.
The storyline was very good. Terra created an underwater universe and a way of life for the mermaids, with traditi
Future Slayer Girl
This was quite the interesting and unique mermaid story. I have found the last few stories I read involving mermaids interesting. Each author has spin their tale in an original way that has left me wanting more.

The story was writing, voice wise, in a very odd sort of way. It is hard to explain because I believe I had an ARC copy that was unedited because there were a quite a few wrong word uses and 'he' instead of 'her' sort of thing. As the story flowed out we are entered into an ocean world.
Kirsty Bicknell
When Patchwork Press first approached me about reviewing The Rising and I read the synopsis I was immediately curious; I have separately read werewolf and mermaid books, but the idea of combining the two in a story both bemused and fascinated me as a fantasy fan.
Terra Harmony's third person narrative enables the reader an overview of all the characters who have differing viewpoints and emotions. I think Serena's point of view would have been too limiting, despite the fact the reader spends the m
Ana (Owl Always Be Reading)
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it

I have read many books about mermaids, but Terra brings us a whole different story behind the reason for their existence. But first, I want to talk about how beautiful this book cover is and it matches the story perfectly. If I could rate the cover alone I would definitely give it a 5. I love it that much!

Although I really enjoyed reading The Rising, I struggled with it in the beginning. I am not sure if it was all the information thrown at me all at
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, reviewed
I received a ARC copy from NetGalley.

I have had a fascination with mermaids since I was a young girl. Therefore, I tend to gravitate to these types of books. The Rising was no exception. The premise is what sealed the deal. What could be better than mermaids? Mermaids and Werewolves. Now that is a winning combination.

Serena is a fifteen year old mermaid who was raised in an orphanage after the tragic death of her parents. Serena has always felt that she didn't belong so she is content to live on
Mrs. Kenyon
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-audiobooks
Serena is the last mermaid born in the Kingdom of the Undine. The increased acidity of the ocean is destroying her landscape and the werewolves who used to protect mermaids are now attempting to destroy them. After she is given the position of Werewolf Liaison, Serena decides to try and make things right for all mermaids. As part of her training, she spends time on The Dry and meets Liam, a werewolf who begins to turn what she knows of her world on its ear. During her research into her people’s ...more
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mermaids, unique
(3.5 Stars) So this was a really different story, with the werewolves and mermaids together! (At least, I hadn't seen anything else like it before) I enjoyed the story line overall; there were only a few things I was a bit confused about (I won't mention them so as not to spoil anything) which sort of took me out of the story on a few occasions, and a few parts were a little slow for me, but otherwise "The Rising" is an interesting, unique spin on the world of mermaids! (or "Undines" as they're ...more
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013, review-copy, ya
I loved this one. I was intrigued by the idea of mermaids and werewolves, but I was impressed by the details of the mermaid world. It was interesting to read about their society, the specifics of how they transform to walk on land, and their history. There are battles with werewolves and a trial and a bit of romance. I was immediately pulled into the story and now I can't wait to read the next. I am excited to see where the story goes from here. The cover is just stunning and really fits in with ...more
Angela Oliver
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well thought out and beautifully written. This is the sort of book I was hoping for when I picekd up Jennifer Donnelly's Mermaid series. The mermaids (sorry, undine) are portrayed in a far more scientific manner and their trials and future carries a strong ecological message.

I was not expecting quite how brutal this tale got towards the end. Talk about edge-of-the-seat, couldn't-put-down stuff!
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and look forward to the next in the series. Terra pulled my interest from the start, and I couldn't wait to continue reading to see where she would take me. Keep writing Terra!

I won't give away characters, plots, story lines, as I don't want to ruin this story for others. It's a great read, and I would recommend it!
Randi (The Artist Formerly known as Guitar Chick)
Pretty awesome high fantasy take on the merpeeps.
Barbara Means
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
I really liked this book. It grabbed my attention as soon as I started to read it. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I really like how the story was written cause it brought in a lot of different things to the story of how it began to where it will lead onto. I'm hoping the second book is just as good as this one. Cause I'm really looking forward to reading it when I get it.
Loved it!!! This is my kind of heroine!

Even if shes young, shes not stupid or naive. Very brave and smart, a fierce fighter, and different from the common girls.

I didnt quite dig the Warewolves-Mermiads thing at first, but Terra Harmony did a fantastic job intertwining such different species.

Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating adventure with a hint of romance

I couldn't put this book down. It draws you in and demands to be finished. Great for a weekend, or a rainy day.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Ashley Usadel
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it

Great book I loved it it had a great story line and plus and amazing characters and was touching at times I can't wait to read the next book and find out what happens.
Zareena (The Slanted Bookshelf)
The main reason why I requested this book was the concept: werewolves and mermaids, something I hadn't had together in a book before. The blurb says that Serena is 15 and the youngest member of her race so I was a bit worried that she'd be super immature and kind of annoying. Luckily she wasn't and I really liked her character. The supernatural races - werewolves and the "mermaids" - are called the Undine which is also the term used to describe Serena's race, hence the quotation marks around mer ...more
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Terra is author of The Painted Maidens Trilogy ('The Rising', 'The Betrayed', and 'The Taking', the Akasha Series ('Water', 'Air', 'Fire', and 'Earth'), and 'The Kindred Curse Anthology'.

Terra was born and raised in Colorado but has since lived in California, Texas, Utah, North Carolina and Virginia. Terra has served a 5 year enlistment in the Marine Corp, has earned her bachelor's and master's de

Other books in the series

The Painted Maidens Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Betrayed (The Painted Maidens Trilogy, #2)
  • The Taking (Painted Maidens Trilogy #3)