This is the first book by Stacey Rourke that I've had the pleasure of reading and I have no regrets. If you're a fan of the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, this is a must-read. This story delves into the Sea Witch's back story, shedding some much-needed light on the villain we all love to hate. Told in the fashion of Maleficent, readers are brought back in time to before Triton was king, when he was just a small merlad and Vanessa, his older sister, gave him all the grief an older sibling is supposed to. The story is full of hardships and heartache for our mersiblings and the reader will find themselves feeling things for Vanessa they didn't before. This story will make the reader see The Little Mermaid in a whole new light and bring some understanding to why Ursela did the things she did. There's morals hidden throughout the book that are needed for more than a few adults and about every child on land... and in sea. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves mermaids, as young as 11 or 12.
I did find more wording errors (wrong tenses of words) in this book than I'm overly comfortable with and feel Ms. Rourke should look into a proofreader to help her editor out for future books. The errors, while obvious, don't really impede the flow of the story in any way more than a second glance to make sure the reader actually indeed saw an error. They are simple and as easily fixable as they are overlook-able.
However, while the average reader will more than likely simply not see the errors, I, being an editor, did and given the amount of them within this book, I cannot give it the 5 I want to. However, given the research, detailing, and character and world building Ms. Rourke did to create this story and shed light on one of Disney's most memorable villains, I give Rise of the Sea Witch 4 of 5 paws.
I await the next book in this series, don't keep us waiting too long, Ms. Rourke.