Thursday 3 March 2022

The Girl Who Fell Beneath The Sea by Axie Oh


“Nothing extraordinary is ever done out of reason or logic, but because it’s the only way for your soul to breathe.”

The Girl Who Fell Beneath The Sea by Axie Oh is a YA fantasy book that is also a myth retelling. The book was published in February 2022.

Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Who follow Mina whose homeland has been ravaged by deadly storms  for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride, in the hopes that one day the “true bride” will be chosen and end the suffering.

Many believe that Shim Cheong, the most beautiful girl in the village—and the beloved of Mina’s older brother Joon—may be the legendary true bride. But on the night Cheong is to be sacrificed, Joon follows Cheong out to sea, even knowing that to interfere is a death sentence. To save her brother, Mina throws herself into the water in Cheong’s stead.
Swept away to the Spirit Realm, a magical city of lesser gods and mythical beasts, Mina seeks out the Sea God, only to find him caught in an enchanted sleep. With the help of a mysterious young man named Shin—as well as a motley crew of demons, gods and spirits—Mina sets out to wake the Sea God and bring an end to the killer storms once and for all.

But she doesn’t have much time: A human cannot live long in the land of the spirits. And there are those who would do anything to keep the Sea God from waking…

I will be honest with you. I picked up this book because of its cover. While reading it though I came to love it. 
It is an Asian mythology retelling and I really liked the author's writing style and interpretation of the myth. It is a whimsical story that reads like a fairytale. I lived the characters and the setting /  world building. The dynamics between the characters was really good. There are some satisfying plot twists that made me gasp but they answered many questions.
The fated love and the chosen one tropes are in the story. So , if you like these tropes as well as retelling you will like this book too.

Rating: 5 Stars

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