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Sea Witch Rising

(Sea Witch #2)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  2,126 ratings  ·  410 reviews
“The Little Mermaid” takes a twisted turn in this thrilling sequel to villainess origin story Sea Witch, as the forces of land and sea clash in an epic battle for freedom, redemption, and true love.

Runa will not let her twin sister die. Alia traded her voice to the Sea Witch for a shot at happiness with a prince who doesn’t love her. And his rejection will literally kill
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Kate (Feathered Turtle Press)
Original review: but like. why. 90% of Sea Witch was filler

The Good
– Lovely prose in the first 1/3
– Begins on a promising note
– Some strong scenes at the beginning and end
– Unlike Sea Witch, plot actually happens
– Setting (Denmark) well-established

The Bad
– Prose dissolves into half-assed mediocrity after beginning
– Henning struggles to introduce her elements and characters in a meaningful and impactful way
– U-boat/mine plot feels like an afterthought
– Secondary characters undeveloped and poorly
Sarah Henning
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

Edited to update that the prize has been given away! Thank you so much to those of you who pre-ordered, requested from your library, picked it up on a whim, etc. I'm so very happy to have you all as readers!


Hey, GR fam, I hope you're as excited about Sea Witch Rising coming out soon as I am! I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that if you preorder, you can get a signed bookplate and Sea Witch Rising/Throw Like a girl postcard from me, as well as be entered in a drawing to win a gran
This was so freaking good!!

Sea Witch Rising did not fall to the second book syndrome - THANK YOU BABY JESUS! I will admit that I was hesitant at first to dive into it because the first book was so freaking good but I can gladly say that I wasn't disappointed one bit. The mermaids are bad ass and I love them all.

Okay, so this one is about a bond between two sisters - Alia & Runa. They are twins and one is out to save the other. Honestly, definitely got some little mermaid vibes but it was also di

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Genre: YA Fantasy
Type: Standalone Book 2 of Sea Witch series
POV: First Person – Dual (Female)

Alia was willing to do anything for the man she loved. With the infamous Sea Witch’s help, she walked on land to prove it. But it was an impossible task without risking the consequences and her twin sister Runa would not allow that to happen if she could help it.

This book is significantly different from book 1. While book 1 focus
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Aug 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
1) Sea Witch ★★★☆☆

To be fair, I didn't want a sequel and I read it anyway. I gave 3,5 stars to Sea Witch, but the story here just didn't hold my attention. This is for me just another case of a standalone turned into a book series when it should have been left alone.

Even though I didn't want a sequel, I was still curious: after all, I liked Sea Witch like I said. This book follows directly after the epilogue that wasn't my favorite part of Sea Witch either (you must really wonder why I picked th
Caidyn (he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!

CW: loss, grief, loss of a loved one, and war

1. Sea Witch – 4/5

As this is a sequel and directly picks up where the first book ends, there will be spoilers for the first book in this review! I don’t really want to dance around what happened and try not to give big spoilers away for this. Got it? Good. Sorry y’all who haven’t read this fantastic series, but maybe it’ll give you a jump on reading it?

So, as I said, this picks up immediately after the last boo
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Buddy read with Kirsty_Bookworm!

Rating 3.5 stars

As you will see in my review for book 1 I absolutely adored it, however book 2 I didn't feel lived up to my high expectations.

Sea Witch Rising follows the story of Runa and Alia, the Sea King's mermaid twins. A year ago Alia saved the human boy prince from drowning and has ever since been in madly in love with him, knowing a relationship between them is impossible with her living under the sea, Alia makes a magical deal with the Sea Witch to give h
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I was stuck between giving 2 stars or 3 stars and settled on 3 and that's being generous.
*sigh* deeply disappointed I very much enjoyed the first book and had high hopes for book two. Book two was so far from a follow on from book one I had to question whether I was reading a Duology. Firstly book two is set in a more modern time with cars and guns and submarines *grumble* secondly this books appears to be more about witches than mermaids with a little magic *grumble continues * I was very much
Amber J
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler free way. If you feel anything in my review is a spoiler and is not already hidden in spoiler brackets please let me know. Thank you.

This is the second book of a duology that is a Little Mermaid retelling, however this book focuses more on the sea witch and on the little mermaids sister than it does on her. The first book was all about Evie before she became the sea witch. This one focuses more on Runa, the little mermaid's sister.

I real
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the type of book that you feel in your soul didn't need to be written but you're kinda glad it was because of that finalized closure in your bookish heart.

I liked the new characters in this novel and enjoyed Runa's personality and inner strength. I didn't expect the plot to go the route it did and it was a pleasant surprise. Narration was much better however the tone used for the sea king was laughable. Think little girl playing house trying to mimic the authoritative stern father... TH
3 Stars!

Personally I found this just to be okay... I was so intrigued to see what was to come because I genuinely loved Sea Witch, however I was slightly bored and wanting something a little bit more? I don’t know how to explain it but it kind of felt like two short stories merged into one normal sized book.

I don’t know how to word this, but I think overall I just expected a lot more, maybe I went in with my hopes set a little higher and it’s come to bite me aha!

Sea Witch - 5 Stars
Sea Witch Risi
R.F. Gammon
May 29, 2019 marked it as nopenopenope  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the first book in this series, but it was so good as a standalone that I see no reason to read this, especially since my favorite boi won't be in it :'( ...more
Izabella (Pages Full of Stars)
"The light filters in slowly, my world going from a sky with no stars to one with a rising sliver of moon."

I read Sea Witch last summer, during my holiday by the sea side, and I absolutely loved it. I liked the spin on The Little Mermaid tale, showing the villain's story and I liked that it seemed more historical fiction than fantasy. I also didn't really think that I would read the continuation, because I liked it as a stand alone. However, I got the opportunity to listen to the audiobook,
I mentioned in my review of Sea Witch last year that I would be interested in a sequel that explored the dynamic between the Sea Witch and the little mermaid as it retold the classic tale. Lo and behold, a year later we have Sea Witch Rising which supposedly does exactly that. Unfortunately, it is not the book that I was hoping for.

Sea Witch Rising is sloppy on a technical level, but I’ll admit that some of my disappointment probably stems from my having different expectations from what novel a
Salih Awouda
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why is it getting a sequel? What else is there? I’ll still read it though.
Bookphenomena (Micky)
3.5 - 4 stars.

That epilogue at the end of SEA WITCH was a killer and so SEA WITCH RISING picks up at that point in time where on land in Denmark, Europe is poised for World War II. Evie returns in her end role from the previous book and my favourite part of this book was Evie.

The Sea Witch was more of an endearing character, with more humanity than Disney portrayed and this led to a richer story for me. The connections to Niklas’ family made for a story that spun generations. There were a new s
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Thank you so much to Harper Collins Australia for providing me with a copy of Sea Witch Rising in exchange for an honest review!

Please note: As this review is for book 2 in the series, there may be spoilers for book 1 (Sea Witch) in my review!

“Come away, come away
O’er the waters wild.
Our earth-born child
Died this day, died this day

Come away, come away
The tempest loud
Weaves the shroud
For him who did betray.

Come away, come away
Beneath the wave
Lieth the grave
Of him we slay, him we slay”

-The Merma
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If you’re a fan of retellings and love “The Little Mermaid”, Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning might be the book for you! As the second book in the Sea Witch duology, this book makes a delightful splash.

Alia, daughter to the Sea King, is a dreamer. She loves deeply and falls hard. Unfortunately she falls in love with a human–a prince–which isn’t very convenient since she’s a mermaid. Letting love guide her, she trades her voic
Bianca Escada (planningwithlove)
There is something very enjoyable about this book/ duology... and something missing I can’t quite put my finger on. (Which prevents me from giving it a higher rating.)

This book took a major turn which, definitely had to happen. I liked the direction it took; very surprising. I will say it felt like two books in one, which is fine. In the end the author tied the story together; wrapped it up perfectly.

I do recommend this duology to mermaid lovers and those who love descriptive fantasy reads.

Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Normally when it comes to reading book sequels, I roll my eyes, strap on the emergency flotation device and brace for impact. Usually…
Sea Witch Rising is a sequel not to be messed with. It kicked off right where Sea Witch ended, with no pause, no breaks and no stopping for snacks.
We start our adventure in the sea witch’s cave, where Alia a young mermaid, comes to trade her voice for the use of her legs, all in the name of love, to meet her prince charming. Even though you would most likely want
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The Nerd Daily
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Alana Missen

If you’re looking for an action-packed, magic-filled reimagining of The Little Mermaid, the search is over. Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning is the sequel we’ve all been waiting for, and this reviewer is going to call it right now: it really gives the original tale a run for its money. In this dual-perspective novel, author Sarah Henning takes the reader on a wild ride both on land and under the sea with a story full of unforgiving
❦ Anna Francesca

Received an arc via NetGalley for an honest review.

Having read Sea Witch a few months ago and absolutely loved it (5⭐️ book) I was so grateful to have received an arc of this second book.

In this story we follow Alia and Runa - twins, mermaids and daughters of the Sea King. Alia has fallen in love with a human and decides to trade with the sea witch. She will have four days as a human to prove that the love she has is not only reciprocated but true love or she will pay the biggest price w
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was very curious, after the first book that worked perfectly fine as a stand alone, what Henning was gonna do with the sequel to the Sea Witch. And since the Magical Readathon asked me to read a water themed book, it was the perfect moment to pick this sequel up. And once I started I had a very very hard time stopping again. I just wanted to keep on reading and reading.

Since the world building had been done in the previous book already, I had the feeling that this book was somehow more action
Leonie Hinch
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley, Harper Collins and Sarah Henning for my arc of Sea Witch Rising in exchange for an honest review.

Spoiler warning: as this is a sequel to Sea Witch, there will be spoilers from book one along the way!

Synopsis: Alia has traded her voice to the sea witch in order to get a shot at love with the object of her affection, Niklas. Grandson of the original Niklas from book one Sea Witch. Runa will not let her twin sister throw away her life for a chance at romance with what she
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this! I enjoyed the first book last year, and was looking forward to this. I liked the take on the story originally, and this follows on really nicely - encompassing more of the little mermaid story we know, but still putting its own twist - like Runa, the sea king and the war. I particularly liked how the war played into it, and into the threat to the underwater kingdom.

I ended up really l

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It was.. meh. I expected more from it. I loved the sisterlove in the beginning, but she ended that very quickly.
The first book was building up to the suspense and building character arc, the second book was just.. boring in the middle. At first I loved loved loved it for the first 15% of the book.
Again for the last 10% of the book I loved it again. Evie's chapters were awesome and well-written. But Runa's just lacked depth. First her motives were saving her sister
Jan farnworth
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to Sea Witch the backstory on one of the most evil villains of all time from the Little Mermaid. I really enjoyed this sequel way more then book one as i felt that it was mostly telling us what we all ready knew about this tale. This sequel takes what was lacking in book one and throughly different story that we all know. This is why i am liking the new malificent story as we have these evil characters but Disney never really tells us why they are evil. What decision changed t ...more
Kate Taelman
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked the sequel, liked Evie's conclusion and new characters. ...more
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Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach Post, Kansas City Star and Associated Press, among others. While in South Florida, Sarah lived and worked through five hurricanes, which gave her an extreme respect for the ocean. When not writing, she runs ultramarathons, hits the playground with her two kids and hangs out with her husband Justin, who doubles as her long-s ...more

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