In Great Waters

In Great Waters

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Random House, Inc.
During a time of great upheaval, the citizens of Venice make a pact that will change the world. The landsmen of the city broker a treaty with a water-dwelling tribe of deepsmen, cementing the alliance through marriage. The mingling of the two races produces a fresh, peerless strain of royal blood. To protect their shores, other nations make their own partnerships with this new breed–and then, jealous of their power, ban any further unions between the two peoples. Dalliance with a deepswoman becomes punishable by death. Any “bastard” child must be destroyed.

This is an Earth where the legends of the deep are true–where the people of the ocean are as real and as dangerous as the people of the land. This is the world of intrigue and betrayal that Kit Whitfield brings to life in an unforgettable alternate history: the tale of Anne, the youngest princess of a faltering England, struggling to survive in a troubled court, and Henry, a bastard abandoned on the shore to face his bewildering destiny, finding himself a pawn in a game he does not understand.

Yet even a pawn may checkmate a king.

Baker & Taylor
When the human race is threatened by wars between the monarchs of Europe, mer-people are entreated as coastline protectors by kings and queens who consider interbreeding with the sea-dwelling race in order to secure their loyalty. By the author of Benighted. Original.

Blackwell North Amer
During a time of great upheaval, the citizens of Venice make a pact that will change the world. The landsmen of the city broker a treaty with a water-dwelling tribe of deepsmen, cementing the alliance through marriage. The mingling of the two races produces a fresh, peerless strain of royal blood. To protect their shores, other nations make their own partnerships with this new breed–and then, jealous of their power, ban any further unions between the two peoples. Dalliance with a deepswoman becomes punishable by death. Any “bastard” child must be destroyed.

This is an Earth where the legends of the deep are true–where the people of the ocean are as real and as dangerous as the people of the land. This is the world of intrigue and betrayal that Kit Whitfield brings to life in an unforgettable alternate history: the tale of Anne, the youngest princess of a faltering England, struggling to survive in a troubled court, and Henry, a bastard abandoned on the shore to face his bewildering destiny, finding himself a pawn in a game he does not understand.

Yet even a pawn may checkmate a king.

Baker
& Taylor

When the human race is threatened by wars between the monarchs of Europe, mer-people are entreated as coastline protectors by kings and queens who consider interbreeding with the sea-dwelling race in order to secure their loyalty.

Publisher: New York : Del Rey-Ballantine Books, 2009
ISBN: 9780345491657
0345491653
Branch Call Number: SF WHITFIELD
Characteristics: 398 p

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Aug 11, 2011

I thought it would be really interesting, like alternate history stuff, but I was so bored. The whole time. I couldn't bring myself to care about either of the protagonists & the conclusion seemed really soppy. Like the author didn't know how to solve any of the problems, so she just made everyone friends. Unimpressed.

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