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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  17 reviews
When a cloud falls to earth, Calla sets out to find what lies beyond the sky. Father says there’s nothing, but Calla knows better. Something killed that cloud; someone brought it down.

Raised on legends of fabled skymen, Calla never expected them to be real, much less save one from drowning—and lose her heart to him. Who are the men who walk on water? And how can such stran
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Published November 13th 2017 by NineStar Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

I read What It Looks Like by Matthew J. Metzger last year and loved it, so I ran to pick up every other book from him that I could find. However, Walking on Water isn't my typical kind of book so I initially passed it up. In the end, I'm glad I gave it a shot, even if I had some small issues with the story.

Walking on Water is a The Little Mermaid retelling, and I think that's important to keep in mind. Though The Little Mermaid is a charming and exciting story, remember that the two m
Joyfully Jay
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

I cannot begin to explain how incredibly beautiful this story turned out to be. Walking on Water takes a benign children’s tale and turns it into the most romantically lush story of love and loss. When Calla transforms into Held and realizes for the first time that he has always been that man inside, it is amazing. Then the author shows his incredible skill in writing some of the most gorgeous scenes of intimacy between two men that I have ever read. It’s not the ph
Chris, the Dalek King
I’ll totally admit it, I didn’t even read the blurb of this book before I asked to review it. So it was a pleasant surprise when I started the story and realized that it was a retelling of The Little Mermaid tale with a trans twist. This year has already given me the wonderful Peter Darling by Austin Chant (and if you haven’t read that book, well after you finish this one you should scoot your ass to the nearest bookseller and pick it up) and to find yet another of my childhood favorites transfo ...more
Kaje Harper
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book takes the story of "The Little Mermaid" and turns it into an engaging fantasy that manages a HEA, with a transgender component. Calla is a mermaid whose royal father has told her that there is no world above their watery sky and that skymen overhead are a myth. But Calla has never fit in or felt comfortable in her role as mermaid and when a "cloud" sinks to the bottom from that mythical sky, she resolves to learn more about where it came from. In her quest, she saves a prince from amon ...more
Lisa The Novel Approach
If there were ever a fairy tale that deserves to be fractured, it’s Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid; though I do have to give it—and every other Andersen tale, for that matter—credit for forcing me to broaden my definition of a happy ending. He was the master of the tragic happy, for lack of a better description, and The Little Mermaid is nothing if not a heartstring tugging tear-jerker.

Coupling my love of fairy tales with my love of seeing them re-imagined, and then adding to that
Feb 22, 2018 added it
Shelves: 2018, mm, trans
Двойственные впечатления. С одной стороны, очень понравилась сама идея транс русалочки. Исполнение тоже на высоте. С другой, середина книги слишком уж близка к оригинальной сказке. В том смысле, что мрак и безнадега. В голове то и дело всплывали кадры из нашего советского мультика. Но самый главный минус – это инсталав. Я понимаю, что все в рамках жанра, но блин, вы знакомы два дня и разговариваете на разных языках, какая тут любовь? Еще мне не понравился принц. Очень непостоянный юноша. Я даже ...more
E.M. Hamill
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is utter magic. A retelling of the Little Mermaid legend, it’s a beautiful story of courage and love, of two souls who struggle to be true to themselves against expectations of duty and family.

The twist in this tail-tale is that the mer-person is a human in a mer-body—not only that, but a man rather than the mermaid princess the sea king expects them to be.

Oh. So. Good. It had me near tears a few times. Read this now.
Sara Codair
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq

I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up an ARC of Walking on Water. I asked to review it because I love merfolk stories as long as they are not Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and have been hungry for own voices fantasy featuring trans and non-binary characters.

I admit, I was skeptical of the first two chapters because the book was set in the past, in societies that were even more binary than the modern world, especially for princes like the two mc’s.

It’s too easy, when writing wom
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Matthew is my favourite writer and every book I've read of his I've been unable to put down once I started to read it. I have to admit though I did struggle with the start of this. It's been a long time since I read anything fantasy and I really couldn't get into the book for the first 1/4 of it. But since Matthew wrote it I persisted and once it got passed a certain point I really enjoyed it. Matthew has an amazing way with words and always creates characters that I fall in love with. ...more
Leigh Lorien
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trans
Fairy tale retellings aren't always my thing. They kind of feel "been there done that" to me. But not this one! Walking on Water is a delightful queer retelling of The Little Mermaid.

Our main character, Held, starts the story out as Calla, a mermaid princess. When he gets turned human, he ends up in a male body, and realizes that all this time, the reason he's felt odd and out of place among his sisters is because he isn't she after all. The realization is an important part of the story, but do
Jul 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Nicky McKinney
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lisa Stapleton
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply mer-mazing!

A fantastic twist on the Little Mermaid tale and beautifully written. I read it in less than a day and am definitely going to have a book hangover after this one! Wish there were more but it is also such a perfect story as it is.
Katrina Ariel
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A beautifully crafted, very human story that will be with me for a long time. I fell in love with the characters and was so enraptured by the story that I forgot to eat and stayed up way too late reading. I wholeheartedly recommend this book!
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Walking on Water (ARC) was graciously provided to me by Indigo Marketing & Design for an honest review. Review to follow.
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