Sapphire Smyth & the Shadow Five: Pt. 2: Mermaids

MERMAIDS: Sapphire Smyth & The Shadow Five (Part Two)MERMAIDS: Sapphire Smyth & The Shadow Five by R.J. Furness

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sapphire Smyth wakes up in Valhine, with no idea what is going on, only the brief recollection of what happened the day before on her eighteenth birthday. With no idea how she got there, and bombarded by a million new and strange things, she’s just trying her best to keep it together, learn what she can and find out about her birth parents while she’s at it. Little does she know that her destiny may be more dangerous than she ever thought possible.

Ah!!! Finally!! Part 2!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this instalment in the Sapphire Smyth series. And let me tell you, I am absolutely HANGING for part 3. I cannot wait. I need it now! NOW!! This part picks up basically exactly where the last one left off. Sapphire has travelled to Vanhine and now colour her confused as she tries her hardest to understand what the hell is going on. Between how she actually REACHED Vanhine as well as the wonderful and strange things she’s learnt over the last 24 hours, her brain is ready to explode. All she wants is answers, and I cannot blame her.

I absolutely love the world building that Furness had done in the first part, and I love how it’s continued through into this one with a proper introduction into Vanhine. It has a real steampunk vibe to it which I absolutely ADORE. The characters that we’ve been introduced to in this one are super interesting. Lucie is adorable and I LOVE Uncle Ned – he makes me think of the dad out of Beauty and the Beast. The tinkerer. I’m really intrigued about the thing on the beach and I love Furness’ idea of mermaids, how stunning. I’ve also taken a massive liking to the drakes. This is one of the reasons I’m absolutely hanging for part 3 as I feel like these will be visited more in that one.

The only that irked me a bit with this one was some of the dialogue sentences felt a little incomplete. I’m not sure if it was in the attempt to cut down on the use of ‘I’ and ‘I’m’ etc, or if it was to lend a petulant teenage vibe to Sapphire herself. If it was the latter, then it makes sense I can understand the style choice, if it was the former, I found it really noticeable in the writing itself. Sapphire is really letting her petulant teenager/I’m an adult treat me like one self shine through. I can sympathise that she feels betrayed and let down by certain things that have happened in her life, but it’s made her incredibly jaded to the point that she won’t take a second to think about the other person in a conflict and to see things from their point of view. I believe this is just a testament to Furness’ ability in his craft, he has written the characters SO well, that the main one is annoying me with her whiny teenage angst haha.

Well done Furness, I’m officially hooked (I already was with the first one to be honest) I absolutely love what you’re doing with this series, I cannot wait for part 3 to be released, please tell me it’s happening soon??!?!?

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