A mystical novelette
Told in the world of the Muirru, a race of mer-people, Mokole's world suddenly comes crashing down when the members of his brotherhood demand that he murder his infant brother (The Pearl of Elah). Mokole rebels and chooses to challenge the leader of the Bohar to the 'Dance of the Display'. He discovers things are more complicated than they seem, and risks the loss of his human lover, his family as well as his brother's life if he fails. But is his brother truly 'The Chosen One of Elah?'
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“ Shean Pao has created a world of wonder and filled it with unforgettable characters. Her world-building skills are exceptional. From the towering spires to the everyday rituals, she builds a cohesive construct that draws you in to a story of young love, family devotion and palace intrigue. Her heroes, Mokole and Jochmiere are the latest young adult literary icons. From Mokole's heart-breaking love affair with the surface dweller Ceara to his sister Jochmiere'e royal-arranged wedding, Pao's dialogue takes you by the heart strings and doesn't let go. Rebellion, assassination plots and royal succession frames this powerful tale of a family trying to survive in a world with a very stifling caste system. The magic of her mer-people is presented in such a believable, convincing way. Her style and rhythm gives The Hunger Games a run for its money. I hope that Shean Pao chooses to revisit the Kingdom of Muirro soon, as I can't wait to go with her. ”