The Seafarer’s Kiss
By Julia Ember
Paperback, 212 pages
2017, Duet Books
Ersel feels pressure from her clan about the upcoming Grading ceremony – where young mermaids are tested to see how many fertile eggs they carry, thus determining how desirable they are to potential mates – and does not want the life her king has planned for her. When a ship crashes into the glacier she lives in and Ersel meets the lone survivor, Ragna, she discovers a life so different from her own that she now must make a choice: stay and mate with her childhood friend or face exile from the clan for befriending a human and wanting to explore the world. Determined to get the life she wants, Ersel makes a deal with Loki, but the repercussions are more far reaching than she ever imagined.
I saw this book somewhere online (Instagram? WordPress? Who knows?) and once I heard there was a lesbian mermaid, I was on board.