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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Painted Maidens by Terra Harmony





Seventeen-year-old Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, slowly eating away at the once thriving underwater landscape. But since the night of Serena’s birth, it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the Undine, now seek to eliminate all who dwell in the ocean — and Serena is about to find herself right in the middle of the deadly conflict.

Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, Serena is determined to make things right for her people. When she ventures to The Dry, she meets Liam, the werewolf with hazel eyes, and her whole world gets turned upside down. As Serena discovers the real history between werewolves and mermaids, she is left wondering who her true enemies are.

My Review:

I have never read a book where there was a combination of mermaids with werewolves and let me tell you that the story was awesome!! 

Serena is an orphan that doesn’t want get involved in the politics of things but being the freespirited mermaid that she is, she ends up in trouble and having to work with the werewolves in the Dry (land).  Throughout the story you see Serna struggle with accepting the job that she was given as Wolf Liason and having to build relationships with the werewolves. 

Terra does a fantastic job at combining both worlds together and making one fantastic story!  The characters are well written and everything is described perfectly (so much so that you can picture every detail).  The relationships amongst everyone is perfectly told and you find yourself either loving them or hating them (I absolutely love Kai ;) )


I highly recommend this book if you love reading about mermaids or werewolves…you will not be disappointed!


Two separate worlds; the Undine of the Deep and the Wolves of the Dry. A history muddled in war but thick with family bonds blur the lines of right and wrong. The youngest members of each race unite, trying to steer their people away from the brink of disaster. Serena and Liam must work together to resolve the problems of their people before the pressure tears these twin siblings apart. But the betrayed are angry, and are out for revenge.

My Review:

This is the second book of the trilogy and picks up shortly after the first one ends.  In this installment you find Serena adjusting to her role as Queen of the Undine and trying to find a way to avoid having to give herself over to the werewolves.  Liam (her twin) is trying his best to stop that from happening.  Serena and Liam are still battling with Aleric and his followers who are trying to hold Serena to the very old agreement that was made when she born.   You also find Kai and Serena's relationship growing and their "problems" of trying to hide it from everyone :)


This story was just as a good as the first one and there was definitely much more to get sucked into J  I am very excited to finish up the last one.


Eighteen-year-old Serena now reigns as queen of both the Undine of The Deep and the wolves of The Dry. The alliance between her maidens and the werewolves is shaky when all at once the basic necessities of food and shelter are taken away and both their worlds fall apart. After decades of war, the two societies must work together if they want to survive what lies ahead. A promised land is theirs for the taking, but first, they must survive each other.




REVIEW:  to be added later as I'm still in the middle of the book :)








A Complete set of The Rising, The Betrayed, and The Taking, plus bonus short story 'How I Met Your Mother'.


Seventeen-year-old Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, slowly eating away at the once thriving underwater landscape. But since the night of Serena’s birth, it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the Undine, now seek to eliminate all who dwell in the ocean—and Serena is about to find herself right in the middle of the deadly conflict.


Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, Serena is determined to make things right for her people. When she ventures to The Dry, she meets Liam, the werewolf with hazel eyes, and her whole world gets turned upside down. As Serena discovers the real history between werewolves and mermaids, she is left wondering who her true enemies are.

About the Author

Terra is author of the eco-fantasy novels in the Akasha Series, 'Water', 'Air', 'Fire' and 'Earth', as well as the Painted Maidens Trilogy. Born and raised in Colorado, Terra has since lived in California, Texas, Utah, North Carolina, and Virginia.  Terra served a 5½ year enlistment in the Marine Corp, has earned her bachelor's and master's degree and presently runs the language services division of a small business.

Terra currently lives in a suburb of Washington, DC with her husband of sixteen years and three children.

Connect with Terra:

E-mail: terra.harmony11@gmail.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/terraharmony
Blog: http://HarmonyLit.com



The Painted Maidens Playlist

I had so much fun throughout the creation of The Painted Maidens Trilogy, and music was a big part of that. I don't listen to music while I am writing (too distracting), but I love to listen as I am driving or running, which is really my time to brainstorm. There are five songs that really set the mood of either the entire trilogy or a specific scene or character.  Take a listen:

Scene/Character: Beginning of the Maiden and Wolf Migration, 'The Taking, Book Three'
Song: Come with me now
Artist: Kongos
Link: (http://youtu.be/Gz2GVlQkn4Q)
Favorite verse:
"I was born without this fear
Now only this seems clear
I need to move, I need to fight
I need to lose myself tonight."
Whoa, come with me now
Whoa, come with me now
I'm gonna take you down
Whoa, come with me now."

Scene/Character: The King, 'The Rising, Book One'
Song: Pompeii
Artist: Bastille
Link: (http://youtu.be/F90Cw4l-8NY)
Favorite verse:
"Oh oh where do we begin?
The rubble or our sins?
And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Great clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above."

Scene/Character: Serena (main character)
Song: Darkhorse
Artist: Katy Perry
Favorite Verse:
"So you want to play with magic?
Boy, you should know what you're falling for.
Baby do you dare to do this?
Cause I'm coming at you
like a dark horse.

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