I’ve read yet another awesome indie novel. I’m excited to share my thoughts with you on Tales of the Sea Witch by Lou Wilham today.
A while back, Lou asked me to read and honestly review this book. I’m glad I finally gave it a read because once I began, I couldn’t put it down.
If you’re a fan of the Little Mermaid (the film and the original tale), then this review is for you.
Rating: 5 Stars
Irsa’s name was lost long ago to the obscurity of being labeled a villain. Born with enough magic to boil the ocean, all Irsa wants is a simple life with her best friend, Aislin. But when they discover their connection is more than just friendship, the pair must fight all odds to be together.
Surviving the sea isn’t easy, but Irsa has never known any different. With Aislin by her side, she must face a wicked witch, defy a prince, and maybe gain all she ever wanted: a happily ever after.
What I Enjoyed
So this is hard to admit but I’m moved by stories of characters who really get knocked down and pushed beyond the limit. I don’t really like having to read it but it’s authors like Wilham who really know how to describe these events with strength and care.
This story is very much a prequel to the Little Mermaid tale we think we know so well. Wilham’s spin on the fairy tale touches on emotional abuse, gaslighting, and persecution—and how characters like Irsa manage to rise above it all. This isn’t a happy tale but it’s a beautiful one. The world building and character development kept me hooked.
And the romance. Devastating, heartbreaking, magical.
My Final Thoughts
Wilham’s dedication to inclusive characters and storytelling is a win-win. I’m not much of an expert on LGBTQTIA+ experiences, but her tale of Irsa and Aislin documents the ups and downs of knowing who you are and fighting against systems that would rather you give up your voice. (Little Mermaid pun intended.)
Hopefully, I shared enough to pique your curiosity. Want to get reading? If so, I highly recommend you look up Lou Wilham on social media: