June 2004
ISBN: 0-553-58497-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback

In Shana Abe’s book, The Last Mermaid, she brings us three stories of fantasy and the timeless legend of the mermaid.

Book One: The Legend. In 531 AD, the tiny island of Kell is said to be enchanted by a creature that comforts shipwrecked sailors and eases their suffering into the next world. Prince Aedan of the Isles, believes in no such legend, until he awakens on Kell and meets for himself, that of which legends are truly born. A love so enchanting and timeless, it can only be magical.

Book Two: The Hero. Ronan MacMhuirich, Earl of Kell is the target of an assassin. Leila is a mysterious woman from a faraway land, but his would be slayer is in just as much danger as Ronan when she falls for this man with magic of his own. This story takes place in 1721.

Book Three: The Siren. Ruri Kell has just learned that she has inherited a Scottish island that she never knew existed. When Iain MacInnes approaches her about selling the island to him, he also insists that she see the island for herself, before deciding to sell it. Little does Ruri understand the magic of the island of Kell, but as she grows to accept the island as a place like no other, she also learns of the legend and of her heritage and a love between a man and a woman that has lasted through centuries.

If paranormal is your cup-of-tea, then this is a book for you. Not only is it chock full of mystical beings, it also is full of romance and passion to keep you turning the pages. Ms. Abe is a wonder at creating creatures that dreams are made of. Each mermaid in each story has their own personality, their own passion and the hero or heroine in each story has their own background as well, which the author makes sure we know everything about. I must warn you, this is a very long book, 581 pages…more than enough to sink your teeth into and have you savoring each and every page. This is a great book to get lost in and wish in mermaids and other fantasy beings.

Reviewed in August 2004 by Debbie.