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In Great Waters by Kit Whitfield
Cover Artist: Photo: Zena Holloway/Photographer's Choice (mermaid)
Darryl Torckler/The Image Bank (light rays thorugh water)
Review by Benjamin Wald
Del Rey Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345491657
Date: 27 October 2009 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

In Deep Waters is a masterful exploration of what its like to be between worlds. In this case, these worlds are medieval Europe and the depths of the ocean, and the people caught between them are the hybrid offspring of humans and merfolk. Kit Whitfield has created a fascinating alternate history, in which all of Europe's coastal countries are ruled by the offspring of humans and ocean-dwelling humanoids called deepsmen that guard the shores of each country from naval attack.

From official release/information:

Product Description: During a time of great upheaval, the citizens of Venice make a pact that will change the world. The landsmen of the city broker a treaty with a water-dwelling tribe of deepsmen, cementing the alliance through marriage. The mingling of the two races produces a fresh, peerless strain of royal blood. To protect their shores, other nations make their own partnerships with this new breed–and then, jealous of their power, ban any further unions between the two peoples. Dalliance with a deepswoman becomes punishable by death. Any "bastard" child must be destroyed.

This is an Earth where the legends of the deep are true–where the people of the ocean are as real and as dangerous as the people of the land. This is the world of intrigue and betrayal that Kit Whitfield brings to life in an unforgettable alternate history: the tale of Anne, the youngest princess of a faltering England, struggling to survive in a troubled court, and Henry, a bastard abandoned on the shore to face his bewildering destiny, finding himself a pawn in a game he does not understand.

Yet even a pawn may checkmate a king.

(Source: Del Rey)

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