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Sea Witch Rising

(Sea Witch #2)

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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  598 ratings  ·  153 reviews

This sequel to THE SEA WITCH is an alternative reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. It’s a heart-wrenching story about the complications of sisterhood, the uncompromising nature of magic and the cost of redemption.

Alia has made a deal with the Sea Witch to give up her life as a mermaid in exchange for a human soul. Now she has only twelve hours left

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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published August 8th 2019 by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (first published August 6th 2019)
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K8
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, retellings
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
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Sarah Henning
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

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!

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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
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warhawke

Read my interview with Sarah Henning here: https://wp.me/p5bsdH-2OV



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




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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Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; 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
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Catherine
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 this
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TheYALibrarian
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Beth
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
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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 :'(
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
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Toya
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sea Witch Rising picks up right where we left off from Sea Witch. Evie is tethered to her cave of darkness and avoided by the merpeople as per the Sea King. Evie craves freedom from her isolation. Princess Alia comes to Evie to make the forbidden bargain of turning into a human for four days in an attempt to prove that Niklas, the grandson of the original Nik from Sea Witch, loves her. Even though Alia knows that her father would be outraged, she bargains her voice to strike the magical deal.

"Yo
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Rae
Read this review and others on my blog: https://thriftybibliophile.com

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
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Kiana
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
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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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Kayla
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△⃒⃘ Anna Francesca
4.25⭐

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 wit
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Leonie Byrne
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Nikki
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Jan farnworth
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carly
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the first one was better.
Kate Taelman
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked the sequel, liked Evie's conclusion and new characters.
Shelley
*Source* Wunderkind PR
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings
*Rating* 4.0

*Thoughts*

Sea Witch Rising is the second installment in author Sarah Henning's Sea Witch series. The story takes in 1914, 50 years after the original story, but there is a prologue that bridges the first book to this one. The story alternatives narratives between Evie, who is now the Sea Witch, and Runa, a mermaid princess nicknamed the Little Mermaid, whose twin sister Alia gave up her voice to the Sea Witch for the love
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steph ✨
Definitely not as intriguing or as good as the first one, but it was solid enough. Let's pray it stops here because I don't feel like it needs another book
yorkshirebooknerd
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USOM
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Sea Witch Rising impresses me with how clever Henning is. Sure, Sea Witch was utterly brilliant, but really Henning outdoes expectations in the sequel. Multiple different re-interpretations of The Little Mermaid, meets a story where the timeline of the first book serves as a legend in the present? So clever! Not only that, but I love that we are given the last pages of the first to jog
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K8
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, retellings
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
...more
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Will Evie and Runa be able to work together?
Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning is the fantastical sequel that the fans have been waiting for. Ms. Henning comes back into this world in a well thought out sequel. This book takes place during the Little Mermaid story but with twists that I never saw coming.
Evie
The titular character returns in this amazing sequ
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Aukje Reina van Montfort
Whoops, finished it when I hadn't even had it half a day 🙈. I love my Fox And Wit editions, they are so gorgeous😍.

And though I didn't like it as much as the first one, I definitely loved it enough to call it a favourite. :3
Addie Sutherland
Just as good as the first, if not better. As I read the last page I had goosebumps. I don't know how to explain how reading this book made me feel because it was so good it pulled on all my emotions leaving me in tears of sorrow, and happiness.
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