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Flowers For The Sea by Zin E. Rocklyn

It’s been two days since I finished this novella and I still don’t know what to say. Pregnant on an ark, seventeen hundred forty three days at sea, this is the story of Iraxi. Is she a queen or a peon? You’ll have to read this to find out!

Zin E. Rocklyn skillfully weaved this story in so few words, it’s hard to believe. There’s a lot going on in this thin little paperback and I’m finding it difficult to say much without spoiling everything. The prose here is dense and powerfully descriptive.

It was so nasty on that boat, I could smell it. I could feel the filth on my skin, the dampness in the air. Fangs from the sky and tentacles from below the water line. The sea permeated every part of this story, and it was filled with, and home to…almost everything.

Iraxi is the strongest, most powerful woman I’ve read about in some time. She and her offspring will most likely haunt my dreams for years. Her anger now lives in my heart and I already know I’ll be back to read about her again and I’m fervently hoping that we hear more from her in the future.

My highest recommendation!

Thanks to Tor for the ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!

Flowers For the Sea Book Cover Flowers For the Sea
Zin E. Rocklyn
Dark Fantasy, Fantasy
Tor, Tordotcom
10/19/21
Paperback
102
Publisher

Flowers for the Sea is a dark, dazzling debut novella that reads like Rosemary's Baby by way of Octavia E. Butler

We are a people who do not forget.

Survivors from a flooded kingdom struggle alone on an ark. Resources are scant, and ravenous beasts circle. Their fangs are sharp.

Among the refugees is Iraxi: ostracized, despised, and a commoner who refused a prince, she’s pregnant with a child that might be more than human. Her fate may be darker and more powerful than she can imagine.

Zin E. Rocklyn’s extraordinary debut is a lush, gothic fantasy about the prices we pay and the vengeance we seek.

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