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In Great Waters by Kit Whitfield
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Dec 11, 2009

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Read in December, 2009

Pros: This was a fascinating story. Europeans have a pact with water people (all right, mermaids if you insist, but more warlike), but alliances are tenuous. A unique plot!

Cons: The main characters weren't drawn very sympathetically. I want to root for them to win, and it was hard to care. Henry, after the throne, was obnoxious and driven. Anne, the king's daughter, was a caspar milquetoast for most of the book. Colorless. The endless writing about the royal family's deformities was interesting at first, but after a while down right creepy.

Minor nitpick: If an author wants me to be drawn into an imaginary world, make it easy to stay there. Every time I came across the word 'prince' (which she uses instead of princess, oddly), my concentration broke. There was never an explanation for that, either.

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