The mermaid myth has always been a staple of fantastic storytelling, from Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid and the sirens of the Odyssey to the modern interpretations seen in such famous series as Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean. Author Mira Grant provides a sinister and compelling take on this classic legend in her novel Into the Drowning Deep.
The story follows a group of characters—mostly scientists—who’ve been recruited to investigate the possibility of mermaid-like creatures living in the Mariana Trench. Though the characters share a common goal, they’re remarkably diverse, which makes the story more interesting.
With regard to the mermaids themselves, Grant does an impressive job of giving them as much of a scientific foundation as possible. Their physiology and tactics are derived from their ecological niche and social structure, just as they would be in a real species.
One final note: Mira Grant is a pseudonym for Seanan McGuire. The works she’s written under the McGuire name are also great, especially her Wayward Children series.