About High Water Mark by Evelyn Chartres
Anna is a humanoid mermaid who spends her days with the local timekeeper until a podmate comes to her with a proposal. They hatch a plan to head out into the watery ruins of humanity in search of lost technology and materials. For a young mermaid living in the dredges of society, the promise of riches from such a find is just too big to pass up.
Armed with nothing more than an old map and some rusty road signs to follow, they are soon reminded that adventure often brings forth more than its fair share of rough waters. Her friend gets captured, leaving Anna alone in a world where mermaids are nowhere near the top of the food chain.
Follow Anna as she makes landfall and learns why her ancestors abandoned the surface. Lost in a world that is perpetually covered in a thick fog, Anna must navigate through what remains above the high-water mark. What will she find? An ally? A foe? Or will she find nothing more than death and destruction?
Before reading on, be sure to consider: When humanity has been driven into the sea, what lurks above the waves?
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Evelyn Chartres is the nom de plume for a self-published Canadian author. The writer of six Gothic fantasy novels, Evelyn released her debut novel, The Portrait, in 2016, and her latest, High Water Mark, in 2021.
A fan of the phrase live to eat, Evelyn shares her recipes on evelynchartres.com. These recipes have a loose focus on French-Canadian cuisine, which feature deep-dish meat pies, seafood and desserts that are rarely seen outside of La Belle Province.
Evelyn is currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is busy laying the foundations for her next project.