The Massacre is supposed to bring peace to Eriana Kwai. Every year, the island sends its warriors to battle these hostile sea demons. Every year, the warriors fail to return. Desperate for survival, the island must decide on a new strategy. Now, the fate of Eriana Kwai lies in the hands of twenty battle-trained girls and their resistance to a mermaid’s allure.
Eighteen-year-old Meela has already lost her brother to the Massacre, and she has lived with a secret that’s haunted her since childhood. For any hope of survival, she must overcome the demons of her past and become a ruthless mermaid killer.For the first time, Eriana Kwai’s Massacre warriors are female, and Meela must fight for her people’s freedom on the Pacific Ocean’s deadliest battleground.
The young man aimed his crossbow at the water, ready to fire a bolt of solid iron at the first glimpse of flesh beneath the surface.----------
4 crossbows out of 5----------
Tiana Warner builds a compelling war of two struggling worlds. The way she writes about war is thought provoking, never showing one side to be the "bad guy" but rather examining the conflict from both sides. I also love the Lord of the Flies feel going on on the boat. I am excited to see what happens in the next books. The relationships are complex and intricate and I loved uncovering every layer in each of them.
I know this isn't a very detailed review, but Warner's books complex and interesting and I honestly can't think of any more to say. Definitely recommend to people who like mermaids and Lord of the Flies!