Novella Review: Awakening by Kitty Thomas

Awakening is the second short length story available from Kitty Thomas, The Auction (see review here) being the first. I remember the cover for The Auction and not being sure if I liked the classical look or not. Now seeing this cover with it, I’m rather enjoying it. They go well together, don’t you think? I received my copy of Awakening from the author. The blurb from Ms. Thomas’ website:

Nerina has lived all her life as a mermaid, fascinated by humans and land but also repulsed by sex and unable to understand love. Her curiosity gets her captured by a human male intent on awakening her lust and turning her human. But Nerina doesn’t believe the legend is real and fears Kyros will kill her when he learns she can’t transform.

This work is a novella of 21,500 words which will take the average reader 1 to 2 hours to read, depending on personal reading speed. The work is “meant” to be short.

For those unfammiliar with Kitty’s work, this story in many respects is more “tame” than some of her other work, but it is still erotica with a master/slave and kidnap element.

Awakening is meant to be a mermaid fairy tale for adults.

I’m usually not into mermaid like tales. However, I thought this had quite a realistic feel to it (as far as mermaids and realism go). 🙂 They were truly half fish/half human. None of that Splash nonsense where all you have to do is dry off the fins and they grow legs. Nope, the fish portion stayed fish, and they even reproduced like fish. Weird? Yeah… but totally believable.

The style of Awakening was presented a bit differently than Ms. Thomas’ other works. In fact, I thought I was reading a prologue of sort when I started, as the front was loaded with background information. It didn’t take long to realize I was in the actual story, and Nerina was narrating. Another interesting note about the style: this work had a feel to it as if Nerina was reminiscing about past events. That is, her story was already said and done, but she wanted to tell her experience so she wouldn’t be forgotten. Different. I don’t know if that was the author’s intent or not, but it made me think of reading someone’s diary.

Like the Auction, Awakenings was quite a bit milder as far as the BSDM goes. In fact, the BDSM was implied it would happen in the future rather than occurring onscreen. Instead, Awakening focused on coaxing Nerina into becoming a sexual being rather than dominating her. No spoilers here, so you’ll have to read Awakening for yourself to see how that works out.

Though this was a short work, which was fine, I had hoped for more. Without giving anything away, the ending didn’t quite give me the closure I’d hope for. All the issues were addressed, but one item seemed to be left in limbo.

Kitty Thomas has a list of fun facts on her website about Awakening, which I found interesting:

  • Nerina is a Greek name that literally means: “Sea Nymph”.
  • Kyros is also a Greek name. It means power that is legitimate but compassionate. Despos is generally the term used for power over a slave and Kyros was the term more used for power over a wife or someone for whom you care about their overall well-being.
  • Meropis is the island upon which the story takes place and it’s a mythical island that I did not create but is part of mythology and sometimes associated in some way with Atlantis. Anostos, the portion of the island that the story takes place on, is as mythology describes, covered in a red, cloudy haze.


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  1. All of Kitty Thomas’ books are stand alone. If the BDSM thing turns you off, this is probably a good one to start with. It’s quite mild. The Auction is next in line in terms of mildness. It has a bit of BDSM in it, but it’s more consensual that her other works.

    If you can get through that, I highly suggest Comfort Food next. There’s nothing consensual about Comfort Food. Though Emily’s (the star) situation and reaction turned a lot of folks off, I think the issues are very real. As a woman, I really connected with Emily.

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