Release Date: Tuesday 9th May 2017
Fate will always find you.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book with the approval of Oftomes Publishing in exchange of an honest review.
Halen’s world is turned upside down as she discovers a world of magic, mermaids, and demons. As a blue moon siren, Halen possesses powers for which she must use to fulfil the purpose of her birth. She must destroy the evil demon, Asair, and free the three realms: Elosia, Etlis and Earth, from destruction. With time running out, Halen must enter the darkness before everything she knows and loves is destroyed.
Coral and Bone by Tiffany Daune is an enchanting tale that I could not stop reading. Tiffany created an intriguing world enriched with magic, mermaids and demons. As a reader, I was hit with numerous surprises in this unpredictable narrative. I felt like Halen, kept in the dark and clueless. with a fear of the unknown. I shared Halen’s emotions, her frustration for being kept in the dark about her identity and her powers. She had only just started out on her path as a blue moon siren, and she was already expected to open the portal and destroy Asair.
Much like Halen, I was quite surprised to discover she has a twin sister. However, as soon as the twin was mentioned I instantly had a feeling there was going to be a good twin, evil twin scenario. Halen’s twin sister sounded like a complicated character. As a reader I was not quite sure whether she is good, evil, or just simply misunderstood. Tiffany Daune creates a contrast between the two girls which made me predict what Halen’s twin might possibly be like. While Halen lived a normal life, and received and gave love, her twin was raised with the full knowledge of her purpose to kill Asair. Halen’s twin was removed from a loving environment at such a young age, and was trained to use her powers. She often visited her dark side while Halen fights against her dark side. The contrast between the two characters give a taster of what is to come, especially as they don’t share a bond between them. It will be interesting to see how this is explored in the next book.
As a person who loves mermaids, I was a bit gutted the mermaids in Coral and Bone were antagonistic. Once beautiful Elosian women, they had been cursed by Asair, and transformed into vile mermaids, bound to his allegiance. It was refreshing to see mermaids as antagonists. I have only ever known them as beautiful creatures with the desire to live and explore human life, and subsequently fall in love with a human.
The narrative is told in the perspective of Halen and her friend, Tage. Tiffany seems to contrast almost every character with Halen. It is as if every character has something in common with her, or are mirrors reflecting something back at Halen. Both Halen and Tage are very familiar with the feeling of loss. With Tage being an Empath (being able to feel and read someone’s emotions), she is very well aware what Halen is feeling. Tage’s gift as an Empath, establishes an emotional bond between the two friends. Although, Halen is not aware of the hole which her twin has left behind, Tage fills in her place. There is a sisterly connection between Tage and Halen, something which Halen does not share with her twin. It will be interesting to see how things change when Halen’s twin finally enters the picture.
The narrative was quite unpredictable; I was hit with surprises. Tiffany does not tease the reader with hints, keeping each event a surprise from the reader. In a way Halen’s emotions, doubts, and training served as distractions. Through the characters, Tiffany keeps secrets from Halen and the reader. Every secret that is revealed to Halen, is revealed to the reader.
Coral and Bone is an enchanting story of mermaids, magic, and demons. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves mermaids or fantasy fiction. This would most likely appeal to you if you are a fan of the X-Men trilogy. With plenty of surprises, intriguing backstories, Tiffany Daune has created a world which you easily fall in love with.