For generations, deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curse them with death and despair. To appease him, each year a maiden is thrown into the sea, in the hopes that one day the ‚true bride‘ will be chosen and end the suffering.
Many believe Shim Cheong – Mina’s brother’s beloved – to be the legendary true bride. But on the night Cheong is sacrificed, Mina’s brother follows her, even knowing that to interfere is a death sentence. To save her brother, Mina throws herself into the water in Cheong’s stead.
Swept away to the Spirit Realm, a magical city of lesser gods and mythical beasts, Mina finds the Sea God, trapped in an enchanted sleep. With the help of a mysterious young man and a motley crew of demons, gods and spirits, Mina sets out to wake him and bring an end to the storms once and for all.
But she doesn’t have much time: a human cannot live long in the land of the spirits. And there are those who would do anything to keep the Sea God from waking…
wow what a great book. I fell in love with the beautiful cover and the blurb sounded very promising. Absolutely appropriate for this great plot. Axie Oh has a wonderful writing style. It is easy to read, exciting and full of emotions. I couldn’t put the book down and I finished it in two days. The plot was well thought out and I love the Asian mythology touch. Such a fulfilling read. When reading, it never gets boring and you’re rooting for Mina the whole time. So far, it was one of my favorite reads this year
The characters are well developed and I was able to follow the plot well. The behavior was also easy to understand. It was exciting, fast paced and had an absolut fulfilling ending.
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