May 6th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

alldaughtersCelebrate the fourth

and final book in the


Plus a MASSIVE GIVEAWAY of all 4 books! (The Crossing is an ebook.)

by Kathryn Lasky

Publisher: Scholastic

About the series:

The Crossing - Fourth novel in the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA Series!

The Crossing – Fourth novel in the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA Series!

Three sisters bound by something more powerful than blood—a secret as deep as the ocean.

Once a maid, Hannah is now engaged to a talented painter. But although both were born mer, Stannish has severed ties to the sea and insists that Hannah do the same. Torn between love and the Laws of Salt, Hannah must make a choice that can only lead to heartbreak. 

Lucy grew up longing to swim, but her mother believed that girls belonged in the drawing room, not the ocean, and took drastic measures to keep Lucy’s identity a secret. Now it’s up to Lucy’s sisters to save her, before she succumbs to landsickness . . . or the executioner’s noose. 

After a lonely childhood, May suddenly found everything she’d ever wanted. But now with Hannah pulling away and Lucy sentenced to die, May’s world is falling apart. Is she destined to lose her sisters all over again?  

This conclusion is as beautiful and dangerous as the sea itself. Fans of Downton Abbey will delight in the Edwardian splendor, and all readers will be swept away by a tide of magic and romance.


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ESCAPE INTO FANTASY: Q & A with Kathryn Lasky

1) Why do you so prefer to write fantasy?

 George Steiner a literary critic once said that, “To Read well is to take great risks, to make vulnerable our identity, our self possession”. This is a quote by George Steiner. He goes on to say that the task of the literary critic is to help us read as total human beings. I feel the same might hold true for writers. To write well often means to take great risks and make vulnerable our identities. Sometimes we must lose our self-possession in order to write as total human beings. We must in short slip out from the comfort of our own skin and inhabit others. It is somewhat ironic that in the past few years to write as a total human being I have had to slip out of my own human skin and into the feathers or pelts of animals for my fantasy series about owls The Guardians of Ga’Hoole and then The Wolves of The Beyond, and the Horses of The Dawn and now Daughters of the Sea, a series about three girls who are not quite human, but part Mer as in mermaid.

 2) Is there any theme that is common to your fantasy books as well as your non-fantasy or historical fiction books?

Absolutely! But I only recently realized this theme in the concluding book of my Daughters of The Sea series, The Crossing and that theme is secret lives—yes, we all have them. Of course in the Daughters of the Sea the three main characters Hannah, May and Lucy are the bearers of the most dramatic and desperate secret of all—their mer-ness. On land they appear completely normal. But once in the sea their legs fuse and they become incredibly powerful. But the character who expresses this the best is Ettie Hawley, a girl who knows the secret of Hannah, May and Lucy. Ettie who is not mer, but a wealthy little girl just eleven years old, says at one point in the book to the three girls. “You have just one secret self. You have no idea how many I have.” When I wrote those two sentences it was a real ‘A-ha’ moment. So that is what I have been writing about all these years!

 3) Why did you set the Daughters of the Sea in the late 19th century?”

I mentioned how powerful these girls became in the sea as opposed to when they were on land. That was part of the attraction—powerful females and the challenge of setting the series in the late 19th century. Women, girls had virtually no power then. It is hard for us in this day and age to imagine how stratified society was in the late 19th century. It wasn’t just an economic divide. There was a gender one as well. Education for women was frowned upon. One had to dress and act a certain way. The late 19th century, particularly in the upper classes, was a time of insufferable repression of women. But in my mind, the world beneath the sea was completely different. It was free, no rigid systems for conduct. It was a kind of utopia, especially when compared to the social dystopia of land.

4) What is the difference between fantasy literature and paranormal?

In my mind the paranormal is associated with supernatural occurrences in the real world—ghosts, levitating bodies, that kind of stuff. Fantasy is generally set in Other Worlds, ‘Elsewheres’ like Oz, Narnia and Wonderland where anything can happen because the laws of nature no longer apply. In my Daughters of the Sea series I feel as it is in a sense a hybrid. It is set very much in the real world of 19th century New England—Boston and Maine, and New York. But that real world comes up against the somewhat but not completely fantastical world of the sea. It is dystopia brushing up against utopia.

5) Do think it’s possible mermaids exist?

No. Not all all. If I did believe in them, I would not have been able to write this series. It wouldn’t have been fantasy. I would have been trying too hard to prove a point and not reveal a world that does not exist.

 6) So how do you go about researching something that simply does not exist –like mermaids?

Well you begin by reading a lot about supposedly real mermaid sightings by –to be kind– total crackpots who have reported seeing mermaids. It seems that the aquatic creature that is frequently reported as being mistaken for a mermaid is a manatee—a kind of swimming hippo. Yes, quite chubby and not exactly like our popular notion of a mermaid. Pretty soon you realize that there is no such evidence in the scientific sense for the existence of mermaids. This leads to the next question why have mermaids persisted in our literature, in our folklore and mythology? So I began by reading all the literature I could to try and discover people’s fascination. What is it that people yearn for that makes them want to believe in mermaids? This might strike some as an odd route to take since mermaids are mythical but by studying myth we begin to understand a lot about human nature and human psychology. By trying to understand this I can begin to build my own fictional characters—their motivations, their longings, their fears.


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