Prime/Wildside Juno (3rd August 2008)
Chris Howard takes urban fantasy where it doesn’t usually tread: underwater.
Even the underwater world has its own kingdom. Kassandra Alkimides, a member of Seaborn royalty, has been exiled to the surface for most of her life, but she’s coming down to wage war on her grandfather. Meanwhile, Corina Lairsey is scuba-diving when she’s grabbed and taken over by a Seaborn sorcerer.
I can’t elaborate on the plot as I had a lot of trouble with this novel. It isn’t bad – just isn’t my kind of thing, so my attention and concentration were scattered. I would’ve given up but I persevered, though I don’t have much to show for it.
But it goes without saying that Chris Howard is to be applauded for Seaborn‘s unique (or at least rare) in urban fantasy setting of the sea. Though I don’t know if the term is mentioned, it is some form of mermaid novel. So this will suit readers who’ve had enough of vampires, shifters, witches, psychics, fae and whatnot. Originality is the key selling point here, as is Mr Howard’s startling array of talents: not only an author, but quite an artist too. Some people just hog all the good stuff