Enemies to Lovers, Under the Sea, Redemption Romance!
Song of the Abyss Book Cover Song of the Abyss
Deep Waters (Book 2)
Emma Hamm
Science Fiction Romance, Enemies to Lovers Romance, Fantasy Romance
Independently Published
May 1, 2024
ebook, paperback, audiobook

Like a songbird in a cage, Anya has spent her entire life as the General's perfect daughter. He snaps his fingers, she jumps. He tells her to smile, she beams like she is made of the sun itself. But underneath all those games and glitter, she's working to destroy her father and save the city she loves.

When an undine sneaks his way into her city, intent on kidnapping her, she lets him take her.

Daios is plagued by the decisions of his past. Souls haunt him, memories follow his every move, and all he knows is that perhaps stealing this woman will absolve him of his sins. If he can bring her back to his people, then they can destroy the city where his hatred was born. He’s certain this will be easy. But then he sees the General’s daughter, and he knows nothing will ever be the same again.

Broken and damaged, he's certain no woman will ever love him. He shouldn't even try to encourage the mating instincts that ride him hard the moment he sees her.

But when he realizes that she's the same as he is, different from her people and on the outskirts of what others deem "normal", he knows he's a goner. Even if it means he has to risk everything to keep her.

But he wanted to prove that even if was broken, he was still worth something.

I am absolutely swooning for the Deep Waters series by Emma Hamm. Not only did I love Whispers of the Deep, the first installment, but I am equally as swept away with Song of the Abyss, which follows undine Daios, who is brother to Arges, and human Anya who is the General of Alpha’s untouchable daughter.

Easily read as a standalone, Song of the Abyss picks up on events that happen directly after the conclusion of Whispers of the Deep. Readers meet Anya, the doll-like woman who is treated like a precious jewel rather than the young woman she is while she resides in Alpha. Her father is the infamous General. The man who strikes fear in undines and is the figurehead and ruler for all intents and purposes of Alpha, the stronghold of the deep. Due to an unfortunate accident, Anya’s has lost the ability to hear, therefore she uses a droid called Bitsy to communicate with those around her. She loathes being locked away inside Alpha and knows deep within her that there is something nefarious happening.

“It is a special word. We save it only for a rare pearl that we find only once in our life. It means beauty that is more than skin deep. It refers to a souls that radiates inside a person, so much so that you can see it on the outside as well.”

Daios is the undine who has lost favor with his brothers, and the sea. His ire against the achromos is unmatched. The fact that his brother chose one for his mate is nearly unconscionable, but Daios is lacking an arm and the once gentle current of the ocean. His mission is to find a way into Alpha needing a way to bring down the achromos once and for all. When Daios finds his way inside Alpha and into the bathing chamber of Anya, she isn’t afraid. He’s even more surprised when he realizes that she can communicate with him.

The gift from Daios to Anya

The way I adore Daios and Anya’s unlikely but totally compatible romance is unmatched. Both have their own disabilities and issues to come to terms with Alpha, yet both Anya and Daios lean on each other so deeply that their bond is forged nearly instantaneously. Both characters are warriors in their right. Fierce, headstrong, and selfless in their actions and deeds for their pursuit of justice beneath the waves.

Anya looked at him with affection and love from the beginning. Not as a pet for some strange creature from the sea. But as a man who had seen much in life, and she knew what felt like.

The storyline of Songs of the Abyss is just as addicting as the first. I love the redemption of Daios, and I found myself so deeply immersed in the story during the climax of all the events. Anya and Daios’ romance is equally as enchanting, and so tender. I just cannot get enough of this world. Emma Hamm is a wonderfully talented author and I look forward to the final installment of the Deep Waters series!