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"A great trilogy all in one book!"

THE LAST MERMAID is really a trilogy, all wrapped up in one book. If you think of it, this is really great. No waiting for the next one to come out. Just turn the page, and there it is.

Our first story takes place in the year 531 A.D. The isle of Kell, a small island off the Scottish coast, is a dangerous isle. It's surrounded by rocks and coral and is said to be enchanted. Of course, she lives there. It is her island. Ione has been alone for too long now. When they were old enough, her brothers and sisters all left the isle of Kell. Now she's the last one of her kind she's aware of.

On his way back to his father, Prince Aedan and his escort are set upon by a group of Picts. When he sees all his men fall, Aedan knows his cause is useless. After he ends up wounded, two men take him out in a boat and drop him in the sea. Just when he begins to accept his mortality, he sees her, her face is the loveliest he's ever seen. Then he passes out and comes to in a castle. He vaguely remembers a beautiful woman and the sharing of their bodies, but knows he must have dreamed it. Aedan finds himself in a bed with the beautiful woman of his dreams by his side. She tells him he will remain with her, forever. As Aedan begins to fall in love with Ione, he also refuses to remain a captive on the island. He also finds out Ione is a Siren and Kell is her life.

Will Aedan ever be able to leave Kell? What of his love for Ione? What of his father's kingdom?

Our next story jumps ahead a few centuries to the year 1721 A.D. Our Siren in this story happens to be a man, Ronan MacMhuirich, Earl of Kell. He has been the Laird of Kell for more years than he cares to remember. When our story begins, we find Ronan in London, following a tip he received on the man trying to kill him. Of course, Ronan does have some of his clansmen with him. After being told his greedy neighbor will be at a ball, Ronan puts in an appearance, only to find the man doesn't show up. In disgust, he has his men make one final trip around the room to try and locate the sorry excuse for a human being. And then, his eyes meet hers across the crowded room. The most beautiful woman he's ever seen and he's instantly smitten.

Leila is not happy with her life. Unfortunately, Che has not given her a choice. The man found her, alone in the burned out wreck of her village, when she was but a child and raised her. Of course, no one else knows Che is also the famous assassin, the Hand of God, and he has trained her to follow in his footsteps. Naturally, Che has taken advantage of her "gift" as well. This "gift" is Leila's ability to "read" people by touching them. For that very reason, Leila is always bundled up so as not to accidentally touch anyone. When she finds out the subject of her latest assignment, she demands the right of touching him to see if the man really is evil or not.

When these two meet, the attraction is instanteous. The only thing Leila "sees" when she touches Ronan, is the sea.

Will Leila carry out her assignment? Will she ever be free of Che? What of Ronan? Will he fall in love with Leila and reveal his secret?

For our final story, we jump to the present. Ever since the death of her parents, Ruriko "Ruri" Kell has not had an easy time of it. Her parents left her with a mountain of debt, causing Ruri to drop out of school. Of course, she still has her extended family, but she's in a small apartment and works as a telephone psychic. When a stranger shows up at her apartment looking for her father, Ruri knows he is dangerous. Not only is the man too handsome for his own good, Ruri can tell he's hiding something. The man, Iain MacInnes, offers to buy the island of Kell, someplace Ruri has never heard of. When her lawyers contact her about an offer on the island, Ruri is immediately suspicious. Of course, there is a condition. Iain has demanded Ruri see Kell and he sends the tickets for her flight.

What will happen when Ruri arrives in Scotland? What of her attraction for the mysterious Iain? Will Ruri ever find out who she really is and her families past?

THE LAST MERMAID is a wonderful read you don't want to end. Shana Abe' has done a wonderful job of tying three very different stories together. The thread uniting these stories is a mysterious island, mermaids, a locket and love. I really loved the way myth and reality were combined in these stories to create something totally believable. We watch as the castle on Kell becomes old and becomes a ruin, as the island goes from being a warm, loving home to something avoided. All three of these stories will entrance you, from the very first page throughout the entire book. I didn't want this one to end. We get the opportunity of meeting people from different ages all meet and fall in love. If you're looking for something a bit on the different side to read, with stories from Celtic Scotland to the present, something with a mermaid and myth, don't pass this one by. I highly recommend this one to everyone that loves a good mermaid tale!

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted July 27, 2004

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 19, 2006

SUMMARY

An enchanted land...An ageless legend...A timeless love...

Three seductive love stories, three passionate couples, all linked by one of the most romantic myths of all...

The Last Mermaid is a single volume containing three separate romances. No fretting for sequels! The three different books composing it span three different time periods, with three different couples. Myth, magic, and the descendants of a legendary couple link all three stories.

In other words, this a trilogy without the wait, LOL.

The first book is set in the Kingdom of the Isles (today part of Scotland) just after the Romans abandoned what we call Great Britain, where a fabled king owes his life to the siren who loves him. Which is better: to rule a kingdom or embrace true love? Hmmm, if only he could have both....

The second book takes place in eighteenth-century Scotland. Ronan MacMhuirich is the Earl of Kell. He's rich and powerful and knows that someone wants him dead. Too bad the hired assassin turns out to be both a gifted psychic and the most fascinating woman he's ever met.

The third book is contemporary, a big leap for me as a writer (don't worry, it's plenty historical!), taking place in both Scotland and the United States. Ruriko Kell is an American who has just inherited a far-flung Scottish island she's never seen, from a family she's never known. And just who is this gorgeous Scotsman so intent to get her there—and how does he know so much about her?

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Collection, Mermaids

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The Last Mermaid
by Shana Abe

Bantam
June 1, 2004
Available: June 1, 2004
ISBN #0553584979
EAN #9780553584974
592 pages
Paperback (reprint)
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