Soul of the Deep

­Random. (Of Mermaids and Orisa: Bk. 2). Sept. 2022. 304p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780593120989.
Gr 9 Up–In Skin of the Sea, Simi saved a human boy and broke the rules laid down by the gods. She gave up her freedom to pay the price and now watches over the Land of the Dead. When she learns that her bargain isn’t being upheld, that the trickster god Esu is free and demons are crossing over, she must break her word and venture back to the world above to set things right. Bowen’s lush fantasy is steeped in West African mythos, and this installment expands upon the worldbuilding with new villains and deeper characterizations. The writing is cinematic and suspenseful, though readers might throw up their hands at the open ending.
VERDICT Interesting and inventive, this installment is worth purchasing for libraries that own the series opener.

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