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Title: Rising Tide
Series: Threat from the Sea
Author: Mel Odom
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Format: Kindle digital edition
A young woman, a Sahugin throwback [which means she looks like a human instead of a pure Sahugin], frees an old sorcerer from his imprisonment, thinking it means he will side with her, extend her power and punish the surface dwellers for their encroachments on the sea. Little does she know that the sorcerer has his own plans and while conquest is on the menu, he plans on conquest of all.
At the same time, a young man, who is the son of an infamous pirate and with some other hidden life secret, is trying to find a life on the sea. Things just don’t ever seem to work out and he’s been hearing voices, which seem to be leading him towards a collision with the aforementioned sorcerer.
For a Mel Odom book, this was pretty good. Unfortunately, the young man is a guilt ridden, rule obsessive, completely self-centered brat. Everything, and I mean everything, must center around him. And he always puts the worst light possible on it. The young woman really isn’t much better as she is consumed with self-doubt and inadequacies because of her throwback status.
The idea of a world class sorcerer that used to hang out with gods awakening and starting a campaign of world domination never gets old. But it takes a good author to make it work. I’m not convinced that Odom can handle this.