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The Savage Blue
The Vicious Deep Series, Book 2
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The Ocean is a Vicious Place...Deeper and darker than Tristan could have imagined. Beneath its calm blue surface, an ancient battle is churning-and no one is safe.In the quest for the Sea Throne,...
The Ocean is a Vicious Place...Deeper and darker than Tristan could have imagined. Beneath its calm blue surface, an ancient battle is churning-and no one is safe.In the quest for the Sea Throne,...
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  • The Ocean is a Vicious Place...

    Deeper and darker than Tristan could have imagined. Beneath its calm blue surface, an ancient battle is churning-and no one is safe.

    In the quest for the Sea Throne, Tristan has already watched one good friend die. Now he must lead the rest on a dangerous voyage in search of the trident that will make him king. But while Tristan chases his destiny, the dark forces racing against him are getting stronger, and the sea witch of his nightmares is getting closer.

    Battling sea dragons and savage creatures of the deep, Tristan needs his friends' support. But they each have their secrets, and a betrayal will force Tristan to choose between his crown and his best friend Layla-the only girl he's ever loved.

    The Vicious Deep Series:
    The Vicious Deep (Book 1)
    The Savage Blue (Book 2)
    The Vast and Brutal Sea (Book 3)

    Praise for The Vicious Deep:
    "A great read."-RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
    "With non-stop action, hilarious dialogue, and sincere emotions that tug at your heart strings, this story has it all."-YA Bound
    "A delicious debut that pulled me in and kept me entranced."-Leanna Renee Hieber, author of The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart

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    Chapter One

    For a merman, I've done very little deep-sea exploration.

    I grew up in chlorine pools, racing from one end to the other until I became the fastest kid in all of Brooklyn. Those were fishbowls compared to the endlessness of the Atlantic Ocean.

    I kick my legs harder and harder alongside the belly of the ship until I grab hold of the ladder.

    I consider shifting into my tail, but then I remember these are my last pair of cargo shorts, and I've not yet mastered the half-shift combination of legs and scales to cover my goods. Instead, I let my gills develop, only freaking out a little that I, in fact, have gills. Then I give myself a pat on the back for being able to control them. Cold water trickles in and out, and I wonder if that's something I'll ever get used to.

    With one hand, I secure my footing on the ladder and let the ship do the heavy lifting. With the other, I lean out to the ocean, combing my fingers through water. I want to shout out the thrill of the moment, of the powerful ship cleaving the ocean like a knife through the smooth skin of the sea. But I stop myself, realizing that shouting would give away my position to my opponent.

    War games aren't supposed to be fun, not the way my guardian describes them. War games teach you skills-fighting, hunting, hiding. All meant to achieve one thing: survival.

    I'm four days shy of turning seventeen, and though I was technically born with a blue fishtail, I've only been a merman for two whole weeks, ever since the Sea Court returned to Coney Island to hold a championship for the next king. That would be the Sea King (my grandfather) and me (one of four remaining champions). Yeah, me a king. I'm not in Coney anymore, Toto.

    The clucking wail of a dolphin echoes from below. He swims up alongside me, and for a moment, I forget about Kurt lurking nearby. I reach out a hand and touch the dolphin's slick skin. I can't understand the sounds he's making, but I can sense the urgency. He dives downward and disappears into the blue shadows.

    Then I see him.

    Kurt's glowing violet eyes lock on me. He undulates like a serpent rising from smoke. His dark hair billows with every kick.

    Kurt takes the dolphin's place beside me, like we're two cars racing on an empty road. He swerves to his left as if to knock me off my ladder, but I kick out and he swerves to the right. In our last skirmish, we managed to disarm each other. But I didn't account for the small knife strapped to his bicep.

    Kurt holds the knife by the hilt. He raises it over his head, flicks his wrist back and forth. He wouldn't. As my guardian, he's in charge of making sure I don't meet an untimely death. He wouldn't.

    But he does.

    I dive to the left. My back hits the ship hard, and I let the current pull me away. His deep chuckle lingers in the rustle of water. He takes hold of my ladder and hoists himself back up onto the ship, which is getting farther away.

    My muscles burn with every breaststroke, every kick. Then the dolphin returns, and I realize that being the grandson of the Sea King comes with some perks. His big black eye gleams at me, and I wonder why dolphins always look like they're smiling. I grab hold of his dorsal fin.

    In seconds, we're caught up with the ship. I pat him on his back and grab hold of the ladder. Halfway up, I see Kurt's knife an inch deep into the wood. When I pull it out, there isn't much resistance. I break the surface and my gills shut against the wind. My body feels a hundred pounds lighter. The...

About the Author-

  • Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of The Vicious Deep trilogy and the Brooklyn Brujas series. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is a New Yorker at heart and is currently working on her next novel. Send her a tweet @Zlikeinzorro.

Reviews-

  • School Library Journal

    July 1, 2013

    Gr 9 Up-In this sequel to The Vicious Deep (Sourcebooks, 2012), merman Tristan Hart continues his quest for the pieces of his grandfather's trident. As he and his friends travel from New York City to Vanishing Cove and back in search of the oracle that holds the next missing piece, they face many dangers-most of them sent by the sea witch Nieve. Her army of merrows, sharklike creatures, threatens not only Tristan and his friends, but also Tristan's beloved Coney Island and all of New York City if they are not stopped. The teen is still not sure he even wants to follow in the Sea King's footsteps, but he doesn't have much of a choice about fighting Nieve, and the trident may be the only thing that can stop her-if she doesn't get her hands on it first. This fast-paced read will appeal to Percy Jackson fans who are now older teens; there is plenty of adventure, plus a helping of relationship drama and a sprinkling of humor. While the writing can be choppy and disjointed, readers are unlikely to mind too much, as the page-turning action is sure to keep them on the edge of their seats. The cliff-hanger ending will leave them clamoring for the next installment.-Misti Tidman, Licking County Library, Newark, OH

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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  • Booklist

    May 15, 2013
    Grades 9-12 There are only six days and seven nights before the duel in Toliss, when one of four finalists will be crowned King of the Sea. The good news is that Tristan, only a merman for the past two weeks and one of the contenders, found a piece of the magic trident at the conclusion of The Vicious Deep (2012). But as he and his friends, sea creatures and foot-fins alike, seek the remaining two parts of the trident, dark forces are gaining ground (and, yes, that includes the evil silver mermaid). Once again Tristan's cocky, dudelike voice feels authentic, and the cliff-hanger ending leaves readers anticipating the next clash of sand and sea. (Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

  • Cosmopolitan for Latinas "One of the few Latinas working in the hugely popular YA paranormal genre . . . Her books capture the gritty, freak-show cool of Coney Island and explore an otherworldly island populated by sea creatures that are dangerously different than typical Disney lore. The story also has a romantic current that runs through the murky, ever-shifting relationship between Tristan and his childhood-friend-turned-hot-chick Layla Santos. "
  • School Library Journal "This fast-paced read will appeal to Percy Jackson fans who are now older teens; there is plenty of adventure, plus a helping of relationship drama and a sprinkling of humor. . . .the page-turning action is sure to keep [readers] on the edge of their seats. The cliff-hanger ending will leave them clamoring for the next installment."

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