Secrets of the Last Merfolk
by Lindsay Littleson (Goodreads Author)
2 out of 5 stars
Finn and Sage begin to wonder if there might be merfolk living in the ocean off the Scottish coast. They have been seeing strange sights in the water, and hearing a weird song that echoes off the cliffs. Sage begins to investigate in her kayak, but when Finn does a dangerous solo swim in the freezing waves, the two discover that the merfolk are more mysterious and strange than any legend they have ever heard. The merfolk are in danger from an old enemy, and they need help from the human children to save their little underwater colony.
The plot is incredibly slow. This could have been a short story, but it drags on and on. Once something finally does happen, it’s not that amazing. Finn and Sage are completely obsolete to the plans of the merfolk. They make a big deal about “helping”, but they never do anything that the merfolk couldn’t have just done themselves with less effort. A lot of fuss over nothing.
The writing style is good, and each scene has an emotional hook to get you interested. But the pacing was just too slow.
I did like the legends surrounding the merfolk, their origins, and their deadly enemy. I found that part really imaginative and interesting! I also was intrigued by the appearance of the merfolk. They have green and gray coloring so that they blend perfectly with the seaweed and the rocks, making them almost invisible. It’s the perfect camouflage!
I was interested in Finn and Sage’s home life. A lot of the scenes are spent with their families, and I liked the family dynamics between parents and siblings. There are some lovely complex characters in both families.
Finn has a new stepmother that he does not like, and he is dealing with a lot of difficult emotions as he navigates this new family situation. He and his father have a complex relationship, and it was sweet to see how they become closer through the story. They both love swimming and sailing, so that is a bond between them.
Sage has two mothers, a homosexual couple, and they are protesting the building of a new harbor that will endanger local wildlife. Sage is feeling isolated, because her family is planning to move soon, and she feels that it’s no use getting attached to anything or anyone since they will soon be saying goodbye and losing everything familiar.
Overall, this book was okay. The characters were good, but the plot was too slow.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.