Sea Witch (Paperback)
Summer 2018 Kids Indie Next List
“This book floored me. I was expecting to like it, but I fell hard and fast for Sarah Henning’s original take on the sea witch story. Evie is already an outcast in her hometown—she is the daughter of a fisherman and she uses magic, which is forbidden, to help him. When a young girl arrives who looks eerily similar to her dead best friend, Anna, Evie will do whatever it takes to make sure that she can stay on land...no matter the cost. Magic, love, and loss permeate this stunning novel, which I will be highly recommending!
— Teresa Steele, Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, CO
It had always been Evie and Anna and Nik -- the threesome that did everything together. That is, until one fateful day when Evie and Anna went swimming and only Evie came back. Now, four years later, Evie and Nik are finally (they think) past Anna's tragic death when someone new -- Annemette -- shows up out of the blue, looking and sounding exactly like their dead friend Anna. Set in Denmark, "Sea Witch" is a fresh imagining of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale The Little Mermaid, that both weaves in elements of the classic tale (and a bit of the Disney movie) while also giving a backstory to the sea witch in the tale. Perfect for anyone who likes complex characters, a smattering of romance, and an excellent re-telling of a classic fairy tale.— Melissa Fox
Wicked meets "The Little Mermaid" in the captivating origin story of the sea's most iconic villainess, perfect for fans of Heartless and Dorothy Must Die.
Ever since her best friend Anna died, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt.
Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears on the shore, and the two girls catch the eyes of two charming princes. Suddenly Evie feels like she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.
But magic isn’t kind, and her new friend harbors secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad—or on two legs—without Evie’s help. And when Evie reaches deep into the power of her magic to save her friend’s humanity—and her prince’s heart—she discovers, too late, what she’s bargained away.
“This book reminded me of the magic inherently present in the best kinds of stories. Mystery and wonder abounds in SEA WITCH, and I fell in love with Evie’s sharpness and her strong sense of self. Prepare to be lost in these pages for hours on end.” — Renée Adieh, #1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of The Wrath and The Dawn
“Henning’s dive into Little Mermaid lore is equal parts dark and tantalizing. Like the sea it sings of, this story has a strong pull. I found myself unable to set it down!” — Ryan Graudin, award-winning author of Wolf by Wolf
“All hail a new Queen of the Sea! Mystery, romance and revenge sweep you in—and there is magic on every page.” — Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die
“Deftly transforming a fairy tale into a richly layered exploration of culture and relationships, Henning tells the origin story of the Sea Witch from Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Mermaid.’” — Publishers Weekly
“Readers who gobble up every watery paranormal story will certainly enjoy this angst-drenched tale of forbidden love.” — Kirkus Reviews
“This enjoyable read will entertain and be a great fit for collections where fairy-tale retellings are popular.” — School Library Journal
“This spin on “The Little Mermaid” is full of plot twists and heart-in-throat action.
Fans of twisted fairy tales will find plenty to love.” — ALA Booklist