Part of my reasoning for requesting this book had to do with research. Which is somewhat ironic considering that The Mermaid Atlas by Anna Claybourne and illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora likely took an insane amount of research to write. This atlas, as you might expect, goes all across the world to bring you the truth of the countless tales, or perhaps tails, that have built up a reputation for themselves throughout the course of history. Prior to reading this book, I’d not known the exact number of different merfolk that exist within the stories.
This was such a fascinating read, traversing across the globe to slowly introduce myself to every tidbit of knowledge that exists about any sort of half-human, half-fish creature from those of the gods to those of a more sinister variety. There are so many cultures throughout the world that it is of no surprise that accounts of merfolk differ so much from place to place.
I loved the artwork in this book as well, finding that it is very appropriate for the kind of book this is. The imagery that appears within these pages is very recognizable in that it seems to be the typical go-to when it comes to drawing mermaids. In that respect, I’m actually incredibly fond of it.
All in all, this is a quick read and a very informative small book. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking to learn more about those who were once thought to dwell within the depths of the ocean.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.