Hi, everyone! Today, I am super excited to be a part of the blog tour for Sarah Glenn Marsh’s beautiful book, FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP. Read on for my review of the book as well as a fun interview with Sarah. Plus, stick around for the end of the post, where we’ve got a great giveaway for you!
Hardcover, 310 pages
Expected Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.
Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.
Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.
I think if I had to describe FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP in one word, it’d have to be “gorgeous”. From the cover to the prose to the myths that overflow from its pages, FTDD is strange and beautiful and lovely.
I especially loved the mythology and the setting. The book is set on the Isle of Man, which is located in the Irish Sea right in the middle of England and Ireland. Mythology – from sea serpents to fairies to mermaids and so much more – is rife in the UK and Ireland, and I’ve always been fascinated by it, so it was wonderful to see all the ones that Sarah pulled into her book. Reading FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP reminded me of living in Scotland and traveling through the highlands, even though the landscape on an island is a bit different. It just reminded me of the feeling you get being surrounded by all of that history and folklore, talking to the people who live there and are as in love with it as you are.
There’s also a really intriguing mystery here that will draw you in. You’ll be intrigued by this newcomer, who everyone is suspicious of except for Bridey. The ocean is a deep and scary place, and I really felt that while reading the book.
Describe yourself in 6 words.
Obsessed with animals; Slytherin + Gryffindor; Browncoat.
Describe FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP in 6 words.
Salty. Weird. Mysterious. Romantic. Sisters. Monsters.
Tell us something interesting that we won’t find out in the book about Bridey, your MC.
Okay! Here’s something that’s not in the book: in the original draft, Bridey had a sea-nymph ancestor. Maybe she still does, but if so, it’s now a secret!
I know you’re a fan of mythology and FTDD features several. Tell us about your favorite myth or mythical creature.
Oh yes, I love mythology! It would be too hard for me to pick a favorite mythical beast though, so I’m going to tell you about one of my favorite Manx mythical creatures that’s not featured in FTDD: Jimmy Squarefoot.
Jimmy Squarefoot, according to myth, is a bipedal pig-headed creature that lives on the Isle of Man. He has giant feet and is supposedly a peaceful, wandering being. Some accounts of old Jimmy say that he was once ridden like a horse by a race of stone-throwing giants. How’s that for weird and wonderful? The Isle of Man has some fascinating mythology!
Check out this artist’s interpretation of Jimmy, just for fun (some things demand a visual):
What’s been the best part of your journey to becoming an author so far?
The people! Finding the book community on Twitter and interacting with/befriending everyone from aspiring authors to bloggers to favorite authors has been wonderful; I’ve found a place where I belong, and there’s no better feeling.
Oh, and I suppose holding my ARC of Fear the Drowning Deep for the first time was also pretty freaking thrilling!
But mainly, the people!
I ask this of everyone – what’s your favorite book? I know this is a tough one, so you can talk about what you’re reading right now if that’s easier!
I love this question! I’m going to talk about a book I recently finished, to which nothing else compares, and which has left me in a devastating book hangover as I anxiously await the companion novel: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.
This book, you guys. It’s an adult sci-fi, and its strength and heart lie in its characters and unique, diverse world. The story follows the crew of a wormhole tunneling ship, and each has a fascinating story and perspectives. I dare you to read this and not get tangled up in the nuances of each crew member and their relationships. Whether you like sci-fi or not, since the focus is on character rather than plot, I’d recommend it to just about everyone!
Other than your own, who is your favorite fictional character?
I’d say Dutch from the SyFy show Killjoys. If you don’t know her, you should fix that. I love her because she does what she wants, kisses who she wants, and is just a witty badass with a heart of gold. She fights as well as her male counterparts on the show—if not better—and we need more characters like her!
Another favorite (now I’m cheating, naming two!) is Lexa from The 100; seeing her relationship with Clarke meant a lot to me, and she was an amazing, strong character.
Basically, I love ladies who kick ass in some form or fashion (looking at you, Daenerys Targaryen, Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall, Sabriel and Lirael, etc.!)
Anything else you’d like to tell us about you or your book?
Well, I hope you like it! 🙂
In all seriousness, I suppose I’d just want people to know that overall, FTDD is a book about relationships, and not just first love; there are sister relationships, parent relationships, family dynamics…complicated friendships, and even relationships within the town that shift and are tested throughout the story.
And that’s all; thank you so much for having me on your blog!
Sarah Glenn Marsh is the author of the YA fantasy Fear the Drowning Deep from Sky Pony Press, the forthcoming Reign of the Fallen fantasy duology from Razorbill (Penguin), as well as several forthcoming children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. She lives in Virginia with her husband and her tiny zoo of four rescued greyhounds, a bird, and many fish.
When she’s not writing, she’s often painting, or engaged in nerdy pursuits from video games to tabletop adventures. You can visit her online at www.sarahglennmarsh.com, and follow her on Twitter @SG_Marsh.
Open INTL, the winner will be given an ARC of Fear the Drowning Deep, plus the tote bag designed by Evie Seo!
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