“In still moments by the sea life seems large-drawn and simple. It is there we can see into ourselves.” – Rolf Edberg
Author L.L. Mintie’s ‘Moonfin: Through the Watery Door’ is a fantasy adventure that takes place underwater. It’s a magical place where mythical sea creatures rule supreme. Lizzy is a 12 year old girl making the most of her summer break when one day she discovers that she’s able to communicate with marine creatures. This discovery sends her on an adventure of a lifetime where she not only makes some new friends but also grows up as a person.
In many ways it’s a simple coming of age story with some finely crafted fantasy elements thrown in. And it’s these fantasy elements that maintain a chokehold on your interest levels throughout the book.
Elizabeth Lou aka Lizzy always had a strong bond with the sea and its marine life, her parent’s sea-life centric career and job instilling a deep knowledge and fascination in her from early childhood. But it’s much later on that she’s made aware of her special lineage and status in the new order of things. Lizzy is highly likeable and it’s not just kids but adults also will relate with her personal journey.
Mintie’s imagination is vivid and her characters come alive in this beautiful alternate world she has created. Another aspect that deserves praise is the fine editing found in the book.
A compelling lead character and a setting that you would like to revisit are more than enough reasons to wait for the next adventure in this series.
Paperback: 318 pages
Publisher: Pinky Wish Press; 1 edition (March 21, 2015)