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Our Vengeful Souls

Our Vengeful Souls

By Kristi McManus
Categories: Young Adult Fiction, Adaptations, Dark Fantasy, Greek & Roman
Imprint: CamCat Books
Paperback (Large print edition) : 9780744308952, 456 pages, June 2023
Hardcover : 9780744308914, 304 pages, June 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780744308976, June 2023
Audiobook (Unabridged edition) : 9780744308990, June 2023
Paperback : 9780744308938, 304 pages, June 2024

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A cursed mermaid seeks revenge against the brother who betrayed her while fighting to protect her secrets and her life in the realm of Atlantis.


It all started with a curse.

When magical mermaid Sereia saves her little sister and overshadows brother and the sea’s rightful heir, Triton, the position of next ruler of the sea is in question. Determined to keep his throne, Triton curses Sereia, transforming her into a human and stripping her of magic. Banishing her from their underwater kingdom, he gives her a final warning: if you should ever return, you will become a monster.

Left for dead, Sereia washes up on the shores of Atlantis, where she is discovered by a kind merchant with a tragic past. Patient and charming, he helps her build a life on land; she realizes everything she was taught about humans may have been wrong. But legends are powerful forces, and mermaids are burned alive for their magic by humans who fear their power. Sereia is forced to keep her true identity a secret, even as her feelings for her savior deepen.

Channeling her skill with a blade, she finds a place within the ranks of the Atlantean army, finally giving her the chance to become the respected warrior she always desired. During her training, however, she discovers the legend that a trident of equal power to her father’s exists and is within her grasp in Atlantis. With a way back to the sea in her grasp, she wavers between the pull of revenge and the possibility of love on land, all under the hateful eye of a vengeful enemy within the army’s ranks. But when the fate of a friend is in the balance, she must make the hardest decision of all: be burned at the stake as a witch, or turn into a monster should she return to the sea.


  • Winner, IPPY Bronze Award - Best First Book: Juv/YA 2024


“Magic, Greek mythology, and revenge intertwine in this retelling of a classic . . . An enjoyable take on a villain’s origin story.” Kirkus Reviews

“A fantastically imaginative weaving of Greek myth and fairytale, unlike any retelling I've ever read.” —Bella Higgin, author of Belle Morte and Revelations

“Fast-paced with many action scenes, Sereia’s journey ultimately leads to an understanding that sometimes one has to be displaced to find out where one belongs.”Booklist