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In the underwater kingdom of Syren, Princess Ondine is the only girl who cannot swim, not since the Nereid nation attacked and she lost her both her legs in battle. Despite being weighed down by metal prosthetics, she lives to chase adrenaline--racing manta rays, starting fights--the more danger, the better the distraction from her problems.
Her reckless lifestyle is an embarrassment to her father, the king, but none of that matters to her. Not until a border lord is murdered, and she knows who's to blame. She saw with her own eyes the royal spymaster meeting with the Nereid enemy. But when she tells her father, he doesn't take her seriously. No one does except Drake, a handsome man she met while racing, who agrees to help her expose the spymaster. Before they get far, though, the spymaster himself turns up dead, and some start to think Ondine is to blame.
To clear her name, she must find the real traitor. But in doing so, she will uncover a plot to bring all of Syren under Nereid control. A plot that involves the highest officials in her kingdom, that involves Drake, that even involves her own family.
OCEANS DEEP is an 80,000 word YA fantasy that should appeal to fans of a strong female lead and political intrigue, as found in Kristin Cashore's GRACELING. Nearly every creature and setting in the story is modeled after the real-life wonders that lie beneath the waves.
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