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Tides of Mana: Eschaton Cycle

(Heirs of Mana #1)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  7 reviews
She controls the seas.

Her sister controls the flames.

Together, they rule as god-queens over their island nation. No mortal army can stand against their power.

But what happens when civil war erupts between these goddesses?

Namaka turns the fury of the sea on her sister, wreaking untold devastation on the land and under the sea, earning the ire of the mer kingdoms.

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Published March 8th 2019 by Incandescent Phoenix Books
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Mar 12, 2020 added it
There’s a short prologue that sets the tone for the rest of the book. The POV, Nyi Ra is a mermaid and her family is in the middle of negotiations with another merfolk society, one that they’ve been rivals with for thousands of years. Her father wants to marry their queen and in exchange, he will give them a “wish pearl” (a physical manifestation of mana stronger than any other in the world. They were thought to be lost). It’s treason and it doesn’t go well. The merfolk have jaws that can extend ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic fantasy story. Two sisters with different powers, one with fire and the other with water. Then a dispute between them. Totally mesmerizing.
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Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Preface: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was an interesting read. I definitely picked up on who the author was right away, having already read a book from him through this service. He likes his magic, monsters, unique settings, and...interesting female leads. But, overall, this book was enjoyable. I loved the setting, the culture, the mythology, and the politics. The action scenes were all very well-written, engaging, and easy to follow, which is so
E.G. Stone
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't know a lot about polynesian mythology, but I know enough to say that this book manages to capture it superbly and turn it into a compelling and highly-entertaining story. The fact that the two main characters, Namaka and Pele are god-queens is already a point in this book's favour. They hold power that no mere mortal can understand and their personalities are appropriately dramatic. The conflict is fantastic, the character development perfectly paced and well thought out. And also, I thi ...more
Dale Russell
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The world isn't what it was. The Gods have brought the Deluge. Waters have risen...continents have disappeared...and the island kingdoms now dominate the face of the Worldsea. But, while the humans dominate the lands above, there are others that rule the much larger world below its turbulent surface. The Mer folk only have one use for the weak, air bound petty creatures that live like insects above their heads. And, that one use is becoming even more needful as the conflicts between the Mer king ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
And now for something completely different...

Thematically, Tides of Mana is probably as far from my Germanic Black-Forest-Dweller roots as you can get. And, having read the Norse-centric series Gods of the Ragnarok Era and Runeblade Saga before, it was quite a culture shock - but not necessarily in a bad way.

Although it took me a bit to get the unfamiliar-to-me (and sometimes quite similar sounding) names straight, I enjoyed getting a first glimpse into the myths and legends of Hawai'i and Pol
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Matt was born and raised in Virginia, and graduated from the College of William and Mary there. His lifelong love of fantasy began with The Hobbit. This led him to start writing his own stories at a young age. His primary influences are mythology and history. He now lives in Florida with his wife.

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