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The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced #5
Published by Kensington Books on August 25, 2020
Genres: Fantasy Romance
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Raised on the magic-seeped Isle of Moon, Maeve is used to unusual powers--and the way they fuel the politics of her world. But when she discovers an ability to shape-shift at will, she knows who she wants to share it with first. Brody, the enigmatic, infuriating shifter-spy has always made time for Maeve. But it's been almost two months since she's seen him. And though no one else believes Brody is in danger, Maeve is more than ready to rescue him herself.
The rumors Brody's investigating are terrifying: a secret army of magic-users, in the service of the cruel Circle of Five. But when he uncovers the identity of one of the Five, the mission becomes personal. Cursed as a boy by the Sea Witch, Brody can spend only two hours a day in his human form, a restriction that limits his future and muzzles his heart. Plus Maeve teases him for being such a pretty doggy instead of appreciating his manly charms. To win his freedom, he must take on a terrible disguise. And when Maeve finds out, she'll unleash a tempest like no other . . .
I love the people, the sisters of the Embraced series. The series had a delay and a new series name, Embraced by Magic with a change in publisher. The sisters are always part of the story and it’s great to get updates on them. Mostly the male and the kingdom are new, each book focuses on one new couple, so it wasn’t hard to read.
But now it seems all the kingdoms have our Embraced couples leading them. Well, there are the islands but they aren’t really a kingdom and one has the convent, and the other the Seer alone. Brody, with his shifting abilities is determined to find the rest of Circle of Five and the Chameleon to end that threat. He also wants to find the Sea Witch who cursed him. Maeve has the same thoughts and is worried now because Brody is missing. She has done some research and thinks she can find the Isle of Secrets with its rumored Embraced army. She has the seals to help her.
Siren and the Deep Blue Sea is the fantastic conclusion to this series. I started reading, just a couple hours before bedtime, and the next thing I knew it was 3 am and I had finished the book!
Maeve and Brody both want to get to the bottom of the Circle of Five and both want to protect the other. With their skills, they find the Embraced army and Sea Witch and the Chameleon and in the process learn much more about their history. In the end, they must work together to foil the evil remnants of the Circle of Five.
I loved this so much! Maeve turns out not to be Embraced, but she has some intriguing heritage. Brody is Embraced and also has secrets he has been keeping from our friends. Being cursed, he doesn’t feel worthy of a kingdom or to have a wife. I enjoyed all the history and revelations. I highly recommend this series!
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