When you first read the book, you’re overwhelmed. There are so many things you won’t understand that it will make you dizzy. This is a book with a dictionary in the back so there will be a lot of things you don’t know. It’s a lot in the beginning of the book, but toward the end, it explains things a lot better.
So we start off with our main character, Serafina. She is the principessa of Miromara and today, she must overcome three trials to marry the crown prince Mahdi to create an alliance between Miromara and Matali. Then we come to (what I would say is) the best part of the book. We start of with Serafina trying to beat all three trials to become Regina and then boom! Something you weren’t expecting happens and sets the motivation for the rest of the series.
The one big problem that I found with this book is that the character’s personalities were bland and boring, not to mention confusing. Toward the end of the book, we get Astrid, Becca, Ava , and I guess you could count Ling that have differing personalities but every single character is a flat character. Serafina and Neela are the flattest of the six. The only way I can explain it is with the Mario brothers. The only personality traits Serafina and Neela have is they are both rebels and Serafina is brave while Neela is cowardly. So with the Mario brothers, we know Mario is the brave hero that will save the day and that Luigi is the cowardly brother. Serafina and Neela could be like Mario and Luigi if their personalities weren’t switched all of the time. In some situations Serafina will be the brave one, but in other situations, it will be Neela who is courageous. That would be fine if it wasn’t the only personality trait that separated both characters!
With the characters out of the way, the setting is completely different. The descriptions are animated, the places heavily contrast between one another, and Jennifer Donnelly tries to put so much mer history into the story that it’ll make your head spin. It’s like she wanted to make the story more for the setting than the characters. It’s kind of surprising to see these insipid characters in front of a vivid and bewitching background. I just hope that in Rogue Wave, these problems are fixed.
That is really all I have to say about Deep Blue. It wasn’t an extraordinary book, but is wasn’t an atrocious book either. This is just the first book of the Water Fire Saga so who knows, maybe the next books will be better.
Quia Merrow decrevit!