FORSAKEN by Katherine Langrish

Just finished Katherine Langrish’s “Forsaken” which was inspired by a Danish legend and a poem “The Forsaken Merman” by Victorian poet Matthew Arnold and I feel my heart has been ripped in two.
It’s quite a passionate story of a young mermaid, Mara’s search for her human mother Margaret after she has left her merfamily to return to land to pray once again for her soul in church. Just like Andersen’s “Little Mermaid” we are left questioning what we would sacrifice for our souls.
Langrish weaves such a beautifully charming tale of family, sacrifice, and the power of love to save a soul that young readers and indeed adult ones will be swept away by her poetic prose and gleaming underwater world created so skillfully.
It was a pleasure to read despite the heartache and tears.


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