Sea Witch Rising (Sea Witch #2)
“The Little Mermaid” takes a twisted turn in this thrilling sequel to villainess origin story Sea Witch, as the forces of land and sea clash in an epic battle for freedom, redemption, and true love. Runa will not let her twin sister die. Alia traded her voice to the Sea Witch for a shot at happiness with a prince who doesn’t love her. And his rejection will literally kill her—unless Runa intervenes.Under the sea, Evie craves her own freedom—but liberation from her role as Sea Witch will require an exchange she may not be willing to make. With their hearts’ desires at odds, what will Runa and Evie be willing to sacrifice to save their worlds? Told from alternating perspectives, this epic fairy tale retelling is a romantic and heart-wrenching story about the complications of sisterhood, the uncompromising nature of magic, and the cost of redemption.

Sea Witch Rising (Sea Witch #2) Details

TitleSea Witch Rising (Sea Witch #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 6th, 2019
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
ISBN-139780062931474
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Mythology, Mermaids, Fiction, Fairy Tales, Fairy Tale Retellings, High Fantasy, Supernatural

Sea Witch Rising (Sea Witch #2) Review

  • K8
    January 1, 1970
    but like. why. 90% of Sea Witch was filler
  • ♔ Dark Lordette Jennymort ♔
    January 1, 1970
    THIS IS NOW A THING! yasss mami gimme!
  • Sarah Henning
    January 1, 1970
    Hey, GR fam, I hope you're as excited about Sea Witch Rising coming out soon as I am! I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that if you preorder, you can get a signed bookplate and Sea Witch Rising/Throw Like a girl postcard from me, as well as be entered in a drawing to win a grand prize package of:*A signed copy of Sea Witch Rising*Tarte Rainforest of the Sea High Tides & Good Vibes eyeshadow palette*Tentacle pen*Mermaid socks*What’s Kraken? magnet*Rifle Paper Co. mermaid notebook Hey, GR fam, I hope you're as excited about Sea Witch Rising coming out soon as I am! I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that if you preorder, you can get a signed bookplate and Sea Witch Rising/Throw Like a girl postcard from me, as well as be entered in a drawing to win a grand prize package of:*A signed copy of Sea Witch Rising*Tarte Rainforest of the Sea High Tides & Good Vibes eyeshadow palette*Tentacle pen*Mermaid socks*What’s Kraken? magnet*Rifle Paper Co. mermaid notebook and mermaid pinSend your proof-of-preorder receipt, preferred shipping address, and full name to seawitchpreorder at gmail.com. International and book box entries OK. See my Instagram account (@shhenning) for pics of the prizes and for updates. XOXOX
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  • R.F. Gammon
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the first book in this series, but it was so good as a standalone that I see no reason to read this, especially since my favorite boi won't be in it :'(
  • Salih Awouda
    January 1, 1970
    Why is it getting a sequel? What else is there? I’ll still read it though.
  • Leonie Byrne
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley, Harper Collins and Sarah Henning for my arc of Sea Witch Rising in exchange for an honest review. Spoiler warning: as this is a sequel to Sea Witch, there will be spoilers from book one along the way! Synopsis: Alia has traded her voice to the sea witch in order to get a shot at love with the object of her affection, Niklas. Grandson of the original Niklas from book one Sea Witch. Runa will not let her twin sister throw away her life for a chance at romance with what she Thank you to Netgalley, Harper Collins and Sarah Henning for my arc of Sea Witch Rising in exchange for an honest review. Spoiler warning: as this is a sequel to Sea Witch, there will be spoilers from book one along the way! Synopsis: Alia has traded her voice to the sea witch in order to get a shot at love with the object of her affection, Niklas. Grandson of the original Niklas from book one Sea Witch. Runa will not let her twin sister throw away her life for a chance at romance with what she sees as a wasteful and selfish princeling. Evie wants her own freedom from the cave where she is imprisoned, but her freedom comes at a great cost and an exchange she might not want to make. I really liked Sea Witch you can read my review of that here: https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakingupo... I know it received a lot of criticism for the way it demonstrated giving up everything for love but a) I never found that an issue with the story and b) I think it was an important part of telling the Sea Witch's story and understanding her future motivations. Sea Witch Rising told a different story. Runa was a great character, super strong and the love story is that of her and her sister Alia. Alia is a bit of a wet character (excusing the pun) and she annoyed me quite a lot, but Runa was awesome. I also loved Evie just as much as did in the first one. She's been dealt such a hard hand in life and I feel so much for her. Where Sea Witch was the untold story of The Sea Witch (we'll say Ursula although this series is actually a retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid) Sea Witch Rising is more of a retelling of The Little Mermaid but from a new perspective. I really enjoyed this and look forward to seeing more from this author in future.
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  • Jan farnworth
    January 1, 1970
    This is the sequel to Sea Witch the backstory on one of the most evil villains of all time from the Little Mermaid. I really enjoyed this sequel way more then book one as i felt that it was mostly telling us what we all ready knew about this tale. This sequel takes what was lacking in book one and throughly different story that we all know. This is why i am liking the new malificent story as we have these evil characters but Disney never really tells us why they are evil. What decision changed t This is the sequel to Sea Witch the backstory on one of the most evil villains of all time from the Little Mermaid. I really enjoyed this sequel way more then book one as i felt that it was mostly telling us what we all ready knew about this tale. This sequel takes what was lacking in book one and throughly different story that we all know. This is why i am liking the new malificent story as we have these evil characters but Disney never really tells us why they are evil. What decision changed them from being good to evil? Did a parent wound them so bad that they never learned to be good? Or what circumstance in their past wounded them to the turning point of this evil root?In the Sea Witch Rising not only are we getting new ideas about what really is happening in the Sea Kingdom with the Sea King, we also get to know the pain that Sea Witch went through. We learn how she became chained to her lair, we learn that in all intents and purposes she was just like the Little Mermaid who wanted more then what she had underwater. This second book is very action packed and even left me feeling like more story could be forth coming from the ending. I truly enjoyed this boook.
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  • Anna Francesca✨
    January 1, 1970
    4.25⭐Received an arc via NetGalley for an honest review. Having read Sea Witch a few months ago and absolutely loved it (5⭐ book) I was so grateful to have received an arc of this second book. In this story we follow Alia and Runa - twins, mermaids and daughters of the Sea King. Alia has fallen in love with a human and decides to trade with the sea witch. She will have four days as a human to prove that the love she has is not only reciprocated but true love or she will pay the biggest price wit 4.25⭐️Received an arc via NetGalley for an honest review. Having read Sea Witch a few months ago and absolutely loved it (5⭐️ book) I was so grateful to have received an arc of this second book. In this story we follow Alia and Runa - twins, mermaids and daughters of the Sea King. Alia has fallen in love with a human and decides to trade with the sea witch. She will have four days as a human to prove that the love she has is not only reciprocated but true love or she will pay the biggest price with her life. She has traded her voice for this chance at true happiness. Runa, is desperate to understand why Alia would do this for a mere human. She is also concerned about the life Alia will loose if she is not successful. Evie is somewhat trapped in a cave by the Sea King himself, wanting above everything her freedom but can she find the power to do so?We jump forward 50 years with this book and we get flashes of what has happened in that time. Evie is really struggling with her lack of powerful magic, trapped away from all she once held dear. I find this character is one of the most compelling and full characters. Yes, she makes bad choices and certainly makes deals with Alia and Runa that aren’t beneficial for them. She does feel conflict over this and continually wants to change things. Runa can’t understand the appeal of the human world and is trying everything she can to save her twin sister, she deals with a lot of identity issues throughout this story, who is she truly apart from a twin and someone of service to her father. Alia communicates through a sign language the twins created when they were younger, so in a sense there is representation in this book. The Sea King is where The Little Mermaid retelling is flipped. He has a need for power and magic above all else, he holds his daughters dear to him solely for their abilities and powers. He is a cruel merman and a dictator in many ways, I think it adds a dimension to that character that was lacking in The Little Mermaid. The story is set in the early 1900’s and this is where it becomes more of a political book than the first. The invention of u boats, the fear of German invasion and the greed of kingdoms. I have to admit the political side of this book was frustrating at times. It pulled from the plot somewhat and actually made the story feel complicated unnecessarily. I felt the story was dragging at these moments. I found most of the book so compelling as this author has a gift for writing retellings with so much more substance. She weaves between storylines we know well from The Little Mermaid and flips them in such a way that you are left thinking about what the implications of this story would be. I loved the magic and the history of the time and of the place it is set. The magic above land and in the sea is built in such a lyrical way. The philosophy of the magic and of the merpeople/humans is developed amazingly well. I love this authors writing style, it really helps to set the mood of the story and can be beautifully descriptive. When political moments occurred though this was where I felt the mix of too many plot points and description made the book longer than it might have needed to be. For these reasons I couldn’t give this book five stars though I did really enjoy it and look forward to my preorder arriving. I look forward to future books.
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  • Emma Cailene
    January 1, 1970
    When I heard there was going to be a sequel to Sea Witch I almost died. I need more Evie!So ready for this!!!
  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)Sea Witch Rising impresses me with how clever Henning is. Sure, Sea Witch was utterly brilliant, but really Henning outdoes expectations in the sequel. Multiple different re-interpretations of The Little Mermaid, meets a story where the timeline of the first book serves as a legend in the present? So clever! Not only that, but I love that we are given the last pages of the first to jog (Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)Sea Witch Rising impresses me with how clever Henning is. Sure, Sea Witch was utterly brilliant, but really Henning outdoes expectations in the sequel. Multiple different re-interpretations of The Little Mermaid, meets a story where the timeline of the first book serves as a legend in the present? So clever! Not only that, but I love that we are given the last pages of the first to jog our memory - book people, please do this more! It's so helpful! What I loved about Sea Witch Rising is not only how gorgeous the writing is, but how vulnerable our characters are while also being so strong, brave, and dedicated. Whether it be in our desires for a happy after, for believing that we deserve the chance, or to avert a future of doom and conflict - their ambitions, loves, and quests against sundown are more than emotional. While setting Sea Witch Rising in 1914, Henning introduces a historical flair - raising the stakes for both the mermaids and those on land.
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  • Simon Fennex
    January 1, 1970
    E-Arc provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinionI've read the first book of the saga and didn't like it too much, but let me tell you that without a doubt, this sequel is her best book so far. It was an absolutely amazing story that I'm so glad I got a chance to read.To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect starting this book since I didn't think it needed a sequel.With that said, this book hit all my bells and whistles. Loved it!
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  • Luchia Houghton
    January 1, 1970
    I quite enjoyed Sea Witch... but I loved Sea Witch Rising! Full RTC on Thursday 💙
  • Tom Chubby
    January 1, 1970
    I am not sure how I feel about a sequel. I thought the end was great and it would be horrible if it was spoiled by another book. Maybe I will like it. But I wonder who will be the hero now with Nik and everyone else we know dead. The story will be set after 50 years I suppose.It's being released on my birthday!!!!!
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Thank you so much to HarperCollins Children's UK for the opportunity to read this prior to release. I cannot wait for my pre-order to arrive. Last year I read Sea Witch and I fell in love. The Little Mermaid has been my favourite story/fairytale since I was a child and I couldn't wait to read the Sea Witch origin story. Skip forward a year and we now have Sea Witch Rising a story that sees us move forward a number of ye ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Thank you so much to HarperCollins Children's UK for the opportunity to read this prior to release. I cannot wait for my pre-order to arrive. Last year I read Sea Witch and I fell in love. The Little Mermaid has been my favourite story/fairytale since I was a child and I couldn't wait to read the Sea Witch origin story. Skip forward a year and we now have Sea Witch Rising a story that sees us move forward a number of years. I loved the dual perspective of this book. We follow Runa a mermaid who wants nothing more than to help her sister/family in the beginning. This progresses further within the story but no spoilers here. I loved her character growth and how she deals with everything that is thrown at her. The second perspective is Evie the Sea Witch herself. I loved Evie as much as i did in the first and I couldn't get enough of her inner monologue. I can't say anymore but everyone truly gets what i believe they deserve and need by the end. The writing is spectacular and immersive. Sarah Henning has knocked it out the park for what will again be one of my favourites of the year. I really hope this time next year there is another release set in this world!If you love the little mermaid or retellings this needs to be added to your TBR as a must read. 100% recommend.
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  • Stephanie Ward
    January 1, 1970
    'Sea Witch Rising' is the electric sequel to 'Sea Witch', an original and imaginative retelling of The Little Mermaid. You definitely want to read the first book before this one or you'll be completely lost. I absolutely loved the first book and couldn't wait to get my hands on this novel. I have to admit that I had high hopes and expectations going in because of how much I enjoyed the first book. I'm very happy to say that it lived up to anything I might've hoped for and then some. The story pi 'Sea Witch Rising' is the electric sequel to 'Sea Witch', an original and imaginative retelling of The Little Mermaid. You definitely want to read the first book before this one or you'll be completely lost. I absolutely loved the first book and couldn't wait to get my hands on this novel. I have to admit that I had high hopes and expectations going in because of how much I enjoyed the first book. I'm very happy to say that it lived up to anything I might've hoped for and then some. The story picks up right after the epilogue from the first book and the author gives us a nice little recap to help reacquaint us with the characters and what's been happening. Which was fantastic and I really wish more authors would do this! It really helped me to slip back into this world before the actual story began. Just like the previous book, everything was absolutely wonderful and I loved every second of it. The characters continue to be realistic and easy to connect with. They each have their own personalities with flaws and strengths and I loved watching each of them grow individually as well as with each other. One huge plus for me was the author's choice of writing style. The story is told from the first person point of view, from alternating viewpoints. It helped me really get to know the narrators and what's happening in their lives as well as in their minds, hearts, and everything else. We get to know each of them on a very personal level that I never seem to find with any other writing style. I think this was a perfect fit for the book and I'm so glad she chose to write it this way.I'm a huge fan of fairy tales and retellings, and The Little Mermaid has always been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. I loved how the author took the fairy tale we all know so well, picked it apart, and then put it all back together in her own unique way. I loved her original take on the story and how she changes certain aspects - like how the Sea King is a horrible person and we actually get to really know and feel bad for the Sea Witch. I loved that we get more backstory in both of these novels. It gives the story a ton of depth and layers we don't see very often. Add in the awesome magic happening and I couldn't put it down. I ended up reading the entire thing in one sitting in a few hours. I very highly recommend this book (and the first one) to fans of YA, fantasy, paranormal, fairy tales, retellings, and romance. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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