Mertale

Eta and her all-female crew rule six seas of Ondur and sail as the undisputed Pirate Queens.

She’s also secretly a mermaid—a race despised by those on land.

When a vengeful warlock named Skiv declares war against her—charring her ships and killing most of her sailors—Eta plans to rebuild her empire and exact revenge on the unprovoked attack.

With a skeleton crew—Jaice, Eta’s loyal first mate, Anne, the governor’s exiled daughter, Mina, an adventurous island native, and Yöshe, the ship’s dim-witted deckhand and only male—Eta puts her rash plans into action and is quickly thwarted by Skiv’s minions.

Unwilling to resign her crew to a painful death, Eta reveals her scaly secret and swims Jaice, Anne, Mina, and Yöshe to the underwater kingdom she abandoned years ago. When they arrive, the crew accidentally crashes the engagement party of the prince who’s heart Eta broke years ago and a mysterious human girl with no past and an advantageous future.

Under the waves, Eta’s faced with a choice: stay safe behind the confines of a kingdom she hates or risk her crew’s life for a life that she loves?

Excerpts

Below there are rules and customs and confines. On the waves, there’s nothing but freedom.


“A Pirate Queen doesn’t have the luxury of loneliness,” I inform. “At this point in my career of pillaging and plundering, I imagine I’d quite like some desolation on a deserted island. Alas, I am still surrounded by others. Unless you and the crew are planning a mutiny?”


My voice wavers as I fight to keep my tears in my eyes, where they rightfully belong. “Because if you say another word, everything between us resurfaces instead of drowning like it should have six years ago.”