Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly

Rogue WaveWaterfire Saga book #2

A review by Elizabeth Manthos

Rogue Wave, the sequel to Deep Blue, follows Seraphina and the five chosen mermaids on their journey as the direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled: powerful mages who once governed Atlantis. The evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring again and only the six mermaids can destroy it. To be able to destroy the evil, they need to find the six magical talismans that belonged to the original Six.

While researching the location of her talisman, Serafina is almost discovered by a death rider patrol led by someone familiar to her, someone she thought would never turn traitor.

Her best friend Neela travels home and warns her parents of the threat facing the underwater world. Her parents believe she’s hysterical and lying so they lock her in her rooms for rest and recovery. Naturally, she escapes to find her talisman.

As they hunt for their talismans, both Serafina and Neela find courage and cunning they didn’t know they possessed. They face danger and death only to endure a game-changing betrayal.

I found the first novel, Deep Blue, slightly annoying with the endless puns. Rogue Wave however, was a pleasant surprise as a sequel. It was gripping and some the twists and turns were great. The romance filters through in this novel but takes a back seat to the main story.

Serafina (who I found to be immature in the first novel) matures in this novel and you can see her develop as a character. The same goes for her best friend Neela. I would liked to have seen more of the other mermaids but they were mostly missing from the novel.

Rogue Wave is slightly cheesy, evidently written for girls. I am not the target demographic for this novel but the story itself was great. I would recommend it to the appropriate audience.

ISBN: 9781444926187
Format: paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books (Hachette)