This was a stunning, fast-paced and imaginative story that had all the warmth and worry of Spirited Away and Studio Ghibli in a spirit Realm beneath the sea.
Title: The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea
Author: Axie Oh
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Publication Date: 22nd February 2022
Rating: 4.5 stars
In a small village on a coastline that has been ravaged by deadly storms for 100 years lives Mina. Raised by her grandmother and loyal to her brothers and sister-in-law, Mina would do anything to keep them safe. Including sacrificing herself as the Sea God’s bride, so that her brother can stay with his love.
But below the sea is the Spirit Realm, a magical place, but still one where sprits war with each other for power, where spirits can die, and where they too wonder whether the Sea God will ever awake.
For Mina, it is more than about waking up the Sea God and saving her family, however. The true Emperor also disappeared when the Sea God raged, and it has caused decades of upheaval and misery across the land.
It’s been years since I last watched Spirited Away and reading this book felt like coming home – so much was gently familiar, but with slightly different details that still made things feel fresh and new.
I found some of the rules of the Spirit Realm a little confusing and rushed, especially relating to the Red String of Fate, but I soon allowed myself to get swept up in the whole story and loved it just as well.
4.5 stars overall.
I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.