The Rise of Ersyla by J.M. Sullivan

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

Short Summary via Goodreads: Before she was the sea witch, Ersyla was a simple girl with an unfortunate secret.

It wasn’t her fault magick was a part of her, or that the King’s heartache turned the world against her. Struggling to understand how she could be put to death just for living, Ersyla must learn who to trust before her dark secret turns her heart even darker.

My Review: This gripping, emotional short is a new spin on a classic favorite. It gives a glimpse into Ersyla’s past, the beginning of her magic, and the unfortunate events leading up to her turn from witchling to the dark sea-witch we know her to be.

Sullivan stuck true to the underlying darkness in the heart of Ersyla’s character, which is what drew and hooked me in. There are moments of childish wickedness, defiance, jealousy, and envy Ersyla feels toward her friend, Bryony, and her familiy. These relatable emotions helped build to the inevitable hate, distrust, and revenge Ersyla feels by the end of the story. It also encourages the reader to sympathize with Ersyla as she struggles to overcome the poor, unfortunate outcome of her actions.

As always, Sullivan’s writing style, pace, tone, and the tension throughout the story kept me glued to my kindle screen. I’m so glad she’s decided to continue writing re-tellings. After reading Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles, I was anxious to get my hands on more of her work. I wasn’t disappointed!

I read and reviewed this book for my own enjoyment.

 

 

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