Friday, December 2, 2016

The Sea, Manx, & Sea Monsters: Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh // Book Review

Fear the Drowning Deep
by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Source: Edelweiss
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Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.
Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.
Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.

My Thoughts

Witches, the Sea, Manx traditions and sea monsters. Marsh (Glenn Marsh?) wrote a wonderfully atmospheric book set on the Isle of Man in the early 1910's. A time when new technology hasn't quite taken over the island and magic still finds lives, if people want to believe in it or not. She captured the magic of living in a small, old Manx harbor village in which the sea is a constant feature in the everyday lives of the village. Marsh weaves the old traditions and beliefs of the Manx into the story well and with abundance. This is what separates her story from others circulated around sea monsters and folklore. The Isle of Man assists in creating the atmospheric setting that gives Fear the Drowning Deep a memorizing quality.

I flew through the book - the story was engaging throughout. Some aspects were predictable and revealed to the main character, Bridey, after it was obvious for a few chapters, but it was fun to see if I was correct. I liked the characters the author created: Bridey's eccentric family, the mystreious old lady, and the captivating boy that appears on the island. The insta-love was so adorable and I love Fynn as a character. Bridey herself is a dynamic character with a multitude of interesting secondary characters. There could be another book after this one and I wouldn't mind that. I enjoy historical fiction that incorporates local folklore and then add fantasy on top of that I'm definitely gonna love it. I would recommend this young adult book if you love atmospheric settings, a little bit of fantasy, books that incorporate old cultures and beliefs, mystery, and stories centered around the sea.


About the Author

Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult fantasy novels full of danger, mythology, and kissing. Sometimes she writes children's picture books, too.
She lives, writes, and paints things in Virginia, supported by her husband and four senior greyhounds.
If she could, she'd adopt ALL THE ANIMALS.
Oh, and she'd love to be your friend here on Goodreads, or over on Twitter!
Her gorgeous website:

Thank you so much to Sky Pony Press for loaning me a review copy!


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