The Mermaid’s Madness

Well, this post is a little late in coming.  I finished this book a little over a week ago on April 20th, but I’ve been busy since then and haven’t gotten around to writing up a blog post about it.  So what have I been doing?  The usual stuff, work and bowling, but this time my bowling took me out to Reno for the USBC Open Championships.  Some real quick thoughts about my time out in Reno: I bowled much better this year than I did last year in Baton Rouge (which was my first trip to Nationals) but still not nearly as well as I’d like to.  I did learn a lot from one of the other bowlers who came with us, and it showed me just how much I still have to learn about the game.  Secondly, my flight(s) to and from Reno were pretty much uneventful, although I still think the TSA is largely worthless and does nothing more than provide a false sense of security while at the same time wasting government money.  Lastly, my thoughts about Reno itself: the bowling stadium is really cool, the casino/hotel that we stayed at was pretty nice, but my impression of the city as a whole is that it was kind of a dump.  Anyway, there was my trip in a nutshell, on with the review.

Book StatsThe Mermaid's Madness

339 pages

Fantasy, Satire

Second book in the series (sequel to The Stepsister Scheme)


It’s been a while since I read The Stepsister Scheme, but I found no problem getting back into the world with this book and it’s because the characters work very well.  One of the things that I enjoyed about this book is that it focused more on Snow as it told the story.  Most of the characters in the story are similar to how they were in the first book, but they’re still varied and work well together.  The new characters in this book, particularly the villains, are interesting as well and are all familiar twists on the stories that we think we know.


The book takes place in the same world as The Stepsister Scheme, but instead of taking place on the island nation of Lorindar, it takes place largely in and on the oceans around the country.


Danielle goes with Queen Beatrice to visit the mermaids as they return from their annual migration.  But what they expect to be a peaceful meeting turns violent when they find that Lirea has killed her father and taken control of the tribe of mermaids.  Lirea attacks the human ship and wounds Queen Beatrice with an enchanted dagger.  Thus sets off a quest to help Queen Bea and to help the mermaids deal with Lirea’s madness.


One of the first things that I noticed about this book is that Hines uses multiple viewpoints throughout the story, which I don’t remember him doing in the first book.  While I think it gets off to a bit of a rough start because of it, ultimately it works out well throughout the book as it gives us a chance to learn more about Snow and her magic.

The story within the book is a fairly standard fantasy story, if you’re well read in the genre nothing in the story will surprise you, although it is well done throughout the story.  The biggest success of the story is playing off the story of The Little Mermaid which Hines twists as he tells this story.  If you aren’t familiar with the Disney movie, this book might fall a little flat for you, but if you’ve seen the story it’s a wonderful twist on the story.

Overall Grade

A solid story that plays upon your expectations from the story that you think you know, an enjoyable book.


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  1. hannahrose42

     /  April 30, 2013

    This sounds pretty enjoyable. I loved The Little Mermaid when I was younger, and feel a twisted version could have a lot of potential. I’ll add this to my reading list! I’ve never read any of Hines’s stuff, but I saw something about Libriomancer not too long ago and started taking notice.

    • Definitely start with The Stepsister Scheme if you’re checking out this series, it’s a fun read that explains a lot about the world before this book expands it.

      I’ve already read Hines’ Goblin series, and it was a ton of fun. After I finish his princess series I’m going to pick up Libriomancer, it sounds like a lot of fun.


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