BLOG TOUR – The Surrogate Sea, by Danielle E. Shipley
Wilderhark Tales time again, folks! The Surrogate Sea, Book 6 of The Wilderhark Tales, was published this week – and I can happily report that it’s a true cracker of a read just like all of the books before it. Expect a full review very soon. In the meantime: take it away, Danielle!
Character Profile: Muirigan – Guest Post by Danielle E. Shipley
In Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of The Little Mermaid, a girl from the sea (known best among Disney fans as Ariel) falls in love with a human prince she’s saved from drowning, and – determined to go to him on land – gives up her voice in order to exchange her tail for legs. This story served as inspiration for my sixth Wilderhark Tale, though my version of the mermaid character differs on two important points.
For one thing, Muirigan never had a voice to begin with; that is, for the whole of her life (close to one hundred years, though she could pass for fifteen!), she has never been able to speak. Her singing voice, however, is a thing of expressive beauty, as befits a character based upon a mythical mermaid or siren, creatures of the sea sometimes known to lure sailors to their death with irresitable song.
That’s the second thing, though. Muirigan is not merely of the sea. She is the Sea.
With such power of her own, she has no need of a witch’s magic to grant her access to life on land. What she needs is someone to take the Great Sea’s power away, for with that great power comes not only great responsibility, but also one or two inconvenient limitations. And Muirigan has no intention of letting anything stand between her and the young man who won her heart in his sleep (…or, well, his coma; he was kind of just this side of death, at the time).
Will Murigian’s destiny more closely match Ariel’s happy ever after, or the tragic end of the Andersen original? Find out in “The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales)”, available now!
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