In Great Waters

In Great Waters

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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.

Blackwell North Amer
In a tense, divided court, a young princess watches her mother struggle to hold the throne. On a remote coastal estate, a scholar finds a child washed up on the shore. Anne. Henry. A Christian princess of the royal blood. A pagan bastard, groomed all his hidden, lonely life to make a grab for the crown.
Since the ninth century, when the deepsmen invaded Venice, an uneasy alliance has held between the people of the land and the sea. That alliance was brokered by the warrior queen, Angelica, half landsman, half deepsman, the mother of the royal houses of Europe. Now, centuries later, no navy can cross the seas without allies in the ocean - and without deepsmen guarding its shores, no nation can withstand invasion. The hybrid kings keep the treaty between both sides, protecting their people from the threat of war.
The royal blood is the key to peace, and ferociously protected. The penalties for any landsman who tries to breed with a deepsman are severe; the fate of any 'bastard' child, born of such an illegitimate union, is terrible. But the royal house of England is staggering, collapsing under the weight of centuries of inbreeding.
Anne prays for guidance, a way into the future without hatred or bloodshed. Henry holds with fierce certainty that only the strong survive. But if either of them is to outlive the coming conflict, they may need more than faith alone.

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.

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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