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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for the Sacred Breath series by Nadia Scrieva

Title: Drowning Mermaids 
Author: Nadia Scrieva
Published: January 15, 2012
Genre: Fantasy
Reviewer: Tawania


Deep under Arctic waters lies an ice kingdom carved into a glacier. Those who dwell within it possess magnificent biological secrets. Due to the dangers of impending war, the Princess of Adlivun is forced to flee her undersea utopia and regroup with her sisters in Alaska.

Captain Trevain Murphy is a successful king crab fisherman who has spent his life building his empire above the sea, and knows nothing of the empire beneath it. When he meets a mysterious dancer whose father has recently died, he extends kindness towards her, unaware of her unique genetics and royal lineage.

Trevain's attraction to the enigmatic Aazuria Vellamo will involve him in dangerous designs that will forever change his life, and his perspective on himself and his world. He embarks on perilous journeys in which he will need to release all of his insecurities and inhibitions in order to survive.  


Let me first say, this is the first Mermaid Romance I  have read since The Little Mermaid way back when. I didn't know what to expect with this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. This book was a very interesting read from beginning to end. I liked the new take on Mermaid lore. The author did a great job creating a believable world.

Captain Trevain Murphy is a first class aged sea captain, trying to come to terms with losing one of his crew members. While him and his remaining crew members are drowning out their sorrows in a strip bar, a beautiful dancer snags his attention.

The captain doesn't know at the time that the dancer Aazuria is a  six hundred year old Mermaid Princess. Aazuria is hiding out with her sisters, and working on land to buy weapons to protect her people against their threatening enemies.

While in the bar, the captain's brother notices the attraction between the two, and arrange for them to converse. The captain enjoys the intellectual conversation with the beautiful princess, but doesn't believe she could be interested in a old man like him.

Captain Trevain soon learns the truth about Aazuria, her sisters, and her people. He finds himself caught up in the conflict, and thrust into her world. They might have a chance if the captain can let go of all his preconceived notions, and trust in Aazuria.

This story was wonderfully written, the characters were intriguing, and believable. I couldn't stop turning the pages wanting to know what happens next. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.


There is no divorce in the undersea kingdom of Adlivun. Marriage is a bond that lasts until death—even if death comes in several centuries, and in that time your spouse happens to become your sworn enemy. This is the conflict that General Visola Ramaris faces when she learns that the mighty Vachlan is behind the attacks on her kingdom. She has sworn to protect Adlivun with her life, but long ago, she also swore to love and honor her husband...

Visola must choose whether she will destroy Vachlan once and for all, or attempt the hardest thing conceivable: communication. After two hundred years of desertion, she has no faith in their feeble bond and knows she can never forgive him. When he threatens the person dearest to her, she must take action. Confronting Vachlan on enemy territory would be nothing short of suicide. She knows that if she falls into his custody, the deranged man would relish breaking her down and making her lose her sanity.

Princess Aazuria forbids Visola from taking matters into her own hands; she will do anything it takes to protect her friend from the man who wants to crush her. Alas, Visola is a crazy, uncontrollable warrior woman with the blood of Vikings in her veins. Why would she ever consider doing the safe and predictable thing? 


Meeting the scrutiny of his steel-grey eyes made her feel sweltering hot and bitterly cold at the same time. It was a thousandfold more difficult to tolerate the intensity of his gaze when it was penetrating her skull from the front instead of the rear. She felt like her eyes did not offer as much protection as the dense bones of her skull had. He was already piercing beyond her eyeballs to knead her memories with his knuckles, and to dissect her thoughts with his fingernails. She tried to get past the pain in her skull to objectively observe her enemy. His jet-black hair was pulled back into its classic ponytail at the nape of his neck. Had he not changed his hairstyle in all this time? Had he not grown hideous with all the horrible deeds he had done?
It did not seem possible, but he looked exactly the same. Except for his eyes; those vicious grey-blue eyes would have terrified any lesser woman to tears. Visola could not help seeing the blatant resemblance to her daughter in his face. Although Alcyone’s coloring was closer to Visola’s own, there was still so much of Vachlan in her. Seeing this; seeing the glimpses of Alcyone in this man who was little more than a stranger, drew her spirit to him involuntarily. Visola realized that she had to face the terrible truth.

She was not strong enough to face the father of her child


*Nadia will giving away an eBook copy of Drowning Mermaids to one randomly drawn commenter at every stop.*
About The Author:

Nadia Scrieva