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The Lost Voices series is, without a doubt, my favorite mermaid series. And I've read a lot of them. It feels more real than other series, gritty and raw. Sarah Porter doesn't hold back punches. The series is more jagged than most series out there seeking to emulate Ariel and her quest to become Human and live Happily Ever After. Instead, these girls were human and they suffered greatly before being gifted with sea legs and given to the ocean. They all have crosses to bear and grudges to uphold. These mermaids can be deadly.
If you have yet to read LOST VOICES ~and~ WAKING STORMS, stop reading now. Spoilers lie ahead. I've kept THE TWICE LOST as spoiler-free as possible, which is hard, because there's stuff I'd love to talk about, but can't!
Fittingly called THE TWICE LOST for a good reason, readers return to the ocean for Luce's final struggle for survival. She's still grappling with both her former humanity and the adaptation of her new body and its limits. She's witnessed unimaginable horrors, and now her entire mer-tribe is dead. Is it her fault? Were she and Cat too selfish? Not wanting any other mermaids to suffer the same fate, Luce travels the sea to spread the news that humans have discovered their existence...and will stop at nothing to eradicate them. By the time she gets to San Francisco, she's warned countless mer...but also seen even more death and destruction in her wake. In San Francisco, she discovers hundreds of mermaids who call themselves The Twice Lost (spoiler-free here), and realizes that she is one herself. These mermaids roam wild and free, together, yet not a tribe. She encounters old friends like Cat and gains new friends from all corners of the world. She is once again expected to be in charge, and again refuses the role of Queen. Instead, she will become the first and only General, because war is upon the sea, and only by working together and changing their ship-destroying ways do the mermaids have any chance of survival.
I know readers who don't care for the Lost Voices series and stop after the first book, LOST VOICES. They think it's too dark or too violent. Some were swayed by the romance in the second book, WAKING STORMS, an element that lost other readers who wanted the focus to remain in the sea. The final book in the series, THE TWICE LOST, faces everyone's questions, answers them, and is able to hold its own against everything that has been promised. Each book is darker and more violent than the last, as humans become more and more vicious in their quest to bring mermaids to extinction. Luce has grown so much and come so far. She's become strong and independent. She makes her own decisions and stands by them. She isn't perfect, and doesn't always have a perfect solution. She's doing the best she can and more willing to try new things than older, more experienced mermaids. Happily Ever After doesn't exist. Everything comes at a high, high price. Even for Luce. I appreciated this most of all, and think fans of the series will as well.
While there were some characters from former books that I wished to see a little more of in the finale, loose ends were still tied up across the board. I even felt bad, at times, for Anais, and she's as loathsome as they come. I loved all of the diversity found with the new characters, giving a global feel to the lore of the mermaids, and also the unique mythology behind the mermaids' creation. Porter wrapped so much into the series, giving it depth and dimension, and forcing readers to care about the mermaids and their plight as well as issues plaguing humanity. The book comes full circle, except instead of catty, selfish mermaids, we now have mermaids working together for a common cause, a complete 180 from the pettiness found in smaller tribes. And the ending...I can't say more, but it was right. Not perfect, but right. As it should be. More mer-authors need to take the chances that Porter does so that we have more thought-provoking, genre-defying books in our possession!