Dark Tide by Jennifer Donnelly

My Rating: 5 Stars!

Cover Rating: 10 out of 10! These covers always look beautifully illustrated, but i know for a fact that they are not, well not completely. I think that it is so evocative and beautiful. Plus, it’s a beautiful look of diversity on this cover. I love it!

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Publish Date: October 13th, 2015

Number of Pages: 392 pages

Received: Christmas of 2016

Purchase: Amazon


Please note this is a book 3

Once a lost and confused princess, Serafina is now a confident leader of the Black Fin Resistance (BFR). While she works on sabotaging her enemy and enlisting allies for battle, her friends face challenges of their own. Ling is in the hold of Rafe Mfeme’s giant trawler, on her way to a prison camp. Becca meets up with Astrid and learns why the Ondalinian mermaid is always so angry: she is hiding a shameful secret. Ava can’t return home, because death riders await her arrival. And it is getting more and more difficult for Mahdi, Serafina’s betrothed, to keep up the ruse that he is in love with Lucia Volerno. If Lucia’s parents become suspicious, his life–and all of Sera’s hopes–will be extinguished. Political intrigue, dangerous liaisons, and spine-tingling suspense swirl like a maelstrom in this penultimate book in the WaterFire saga.

Opening Sentence: “The mermaids sword glinted in the watery twilight of Tanner’s Deeps.”


I read this book last moth pretty much a year after I had completed. the first two books and it felt like fitting into the perfect fit of shoes. My memory of what had past came quickly and the world, characters, and development felt better then ever. If that isn’t proof of some fabulous storytelling I don’t know what is.

What I Loved:

It felt brand new. Despite my familiarity with these characters and how they think and act I experienced them as new people, all had been transformed by their previous experience and they each took on new identities in my mind. I loved seeing that every character had grown from there unique fears and personal flaws. They all still remained flawed, but they all made the decision at different points to change and I found that admirable.

The world description. Every single one of thee novels has such lush writing and description. You feel immersed in the novel like it is a place you could go to if only you could swim well enough.

The adventure. I am so attracted to these novels because they always take me on a journey like no other. It makes me feel like a kid dreaming of lost land and hoping for a grand and beautiful destiny for my future. It is a glorious adventure this story tells indeed.

The love. Family, friendship, and romance, you get all kinds of love in this series. The best of all is that it grows and evolves over the course of the novels. It always reads as wholly authentic and genuinely felt.

I always want to know more. I always want to live in this world and see where it takes me. There is one more book in this series and as sad as it is I think I’m ready to take it on.

Final Thought:

Jennifer Donnelly shows that she is brilliant in every book she writes and this book is no exception. I adore Dark Tide and I feel sorry I didn’t read it sooner.

About the Author:

Jennifer Donnelly is the author of eleven novels – Lost in a Book, These Shallow Graves, Sea Spell, Dark Tide, Rogue Wave, Deep Blue, Revolution, A Northern Light, The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose and The Wild Rose – and Humble Pie, a picture book for children. She grew up in New York State, in Lewis and Westchester counties, and attended the University of Rochester where she majored in English Literature and European History.

Thanks for reading! Let me now your thoughts down in the comments.

_Till next time!

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