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DEEP WATER

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Laura Anne Gilman and Josepha Sherman, the authors of the young adult novel Visitors are back with another book in the same series.

After an oil spill, the gang find themselves custodians of a selkie, who Oz names "Ariel" after the Little Mermaid.  To say that Buffy is distrustful of the new arrival is something of an understatement, but this did seem slightly out of character.  Whilst there have been some killings in the wake of the spill, there didn't seem enough justification for her actions on this score.

While the gang attempt to repair Ariel's oil-damaged skin so she can return to the sea, threats come in the shape of a doctor who hates selkies, and merrows - vicious mermaid-like creatures.

The merrows are a pretty faceless bunch, and while they may be vicious, you know that the only people who they're going to kill are those who have never been mentioned in the TV series, making action scenes a little boring and a little obvious.

On the plus side, Cordelia gets a couple of nice scenes, and Willow gets to play with her magic set again, but there's nothing out of the ordinary here.

Power of Persuasion proved that the young adult range can produce enjoyable books.  Deep Water provides for a diverting couple of hours, but nothing more. BACK TO THE TOP

DEEP WATER

Written by LAURA ANNE GILMAN
& JOSEPHA SHERMAN

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$4.99


RATING: 6/10