"I loved this book even more than the first one! [...] If you like fantasy, take a leap into the deep end and immerse yourself in the wonderful Mer world that Ms. Easton has created. Trust me, you’ll fall in love! I know I did! " - Book Hookup, Goodreads
Release Date: September 12th, 2017
Now that Lia and Clay’s love has broken the Little Mermaid’s curse, everything has changed. Will Lia’s family remain on land, leading the only life she and her sisters have ever known, or will they move below the waves, to the sparkling new capital city? Lia is adamant about staying on land with Clay for her senior year. But at Melusine and her father’s trial, new revelations threaten what Lia holds most dear.
The verdict will shake Lia’s whole world, calling into question her future with Clay, her feelings for Caspian, and the fate of all Merkind. As she wonders who to trust, Lia sets out on a treacherous path that will lead her away from her sheltered Malibu home to a remote and mysterious school for Mermaids—Mermaids who may hold the secret to ancient magic Lia can use to either get back all she’s lost or to embark on a thrilling and dangerous journey.
Humans have yet to explore 95 percent of the ocean. While technological advances mean we can do more every year, we still know far more about outer space than we do about what dwells in the farthest depths of our own planet. The sea is vast and unfathomable, much the same as it was to our ancestors. And like them, we still find ourselves entranced by tales of creatures lurking beneath its crystalline surface. We can’t help imagining what might be out there, from the terrifying to the dazzlingly beautiful. When I began writing Emerge, the first book in the Mer Chronicles, my goal was to dream up a culture for Merkind that was detailed and vivid enough to be real.
What language would Merpeople speak and what would it sound like? How would they get legs and what would they use them for? What would their history be and how would it have shaped their values and traditions? What would they eat? Wear? Do for fun? What kinds of houses would they live in? What would their relationships, gender roles, and politics be like? What would they think about humans? The list was endless—and endlessly fascinating to me. With Book 2 releasing this week, I’m now writing Book 3 and still discovering more questions to answer, more facets of the Mer world to explore.
Book 1 largely focuses on the question of Mermaids living on land because 200 years ago the Little Mermaid unleashed a curse in the ocean. Lia, the main character who is a Mermaid raised on land, is like so many of us in that she is drawn to the sea, pulled in by it and its mysteries. In Book 2, I’ve gotten to dive deeper (get it?) into more pockets of the world below the waves—and in Book 3, I’m doing that even more. My hope is that by the end of the series, readers have a full picture of a complex and stunning Mer world that they would want to live in.
If you’ve always wanted to believe in mermaids, I’d like to think this is the series for you.
And when you’re reading the Mer Chronicles, remember: 95 percent of the ocean remains unexplored. So who’s to say the Mer world isn’t real?
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About the author:
Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens. She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Learn more about Tobie and her upcoming books on www.TobieEaston.com.