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by Sonia Faruqi

THE OYSTER THIEF by Sonia Faruqi

Pegasus * October 2018 * 304 pages

When a mermaid and fishing tycoon meet, they’re forced to put aside their intrinsic enmity to work together on their quest to find a legendary underwater elixir. Filled with adventure and intrigue, THE OYSTER THEIF plunges readers into a vast underwater world harboring a mysterious secret.

“It took her a journey across the ocean to learn what she knew of love and fear and hate, but the essence of it came to her in an instant, as she succumbed to the churning black depths of the deep sea.”

Coralline is a shy mermaid in the Atlantic Ocean whose idyllic life is ruined by an oil spill that gravely sickens her little brother. Desperate to save him, she embarks on a quest to find a legendary elixir.

She encounters a human man, Izar, who's left his life on land behind to find a cure for his dying father. He doesn’t tell her that his family runs Ocean Dominion, an enemy corporation whose ships plunder her waters daily.

Fate pushes the two of them together, even though their worlds are at odds. Accompanied by a colorful troupe of animals, Coralline and Izar travel through coral reefs and seabed cities, trailed by murderous adversaries and warring ships. Their secrets threaten to tear them apart, while a growing attraction adds to the danger. Ultimately, each of them faces an impossible choice. Should Coralline remain with the world she knows, including her fiancé, or should she relinquish everything for a stranger who might betray her? And Izar holds a secret of his own—one that might cause him to lose Coralline forever.

Magnificent and moving, set against a breathtaking ocean landscape, THE OYSTER THEIF is an enthralling fantasy destined to become a classic. The book also offers plenty of crossover marketing & sales potential as it is an ideal Young Adult/New Adult opportunity.

Sonia Faruqi is the author of critically acclaimed Project Animal Farm (also available from Pegasus). A masterful storyteller, she pushes the boundaries of imagination in her debut novel, THE OYSTER THIEF. She lives in Toronto and her website is www.soniafaruqi.com.

Praise for Sonia Faruqi’s Project Animal Farm:

“The book begs a comparison to Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An engaging account about this most secretive of global enterprises.” — J. M. Coetzee, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

“Every so often a book comes along that has the power to alter the course of history. Project Animal Farm is that potent. People will be talking about this book for decades.” — John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution

“Sonia Faruqi shines a brave light on what, by many estimates, is the most pressing issue of our time.” — Jonathan Balcombe, author of What a Fish Knows