Wednesday 14 September 2016

Song of the Deep Book Review


The most recent book my daughter and I have been kindly sent to review is from video game creator Brian Hastings. Song of the Deep is an illustarted tie-in novel that goes alongside the video game of the same name, telling the complete story of twelve year old heroine Merryn.

Twelve year old Merryn lives with her fisherman father in a little cottage by the sea. Each day, her father braves the tumultuous waves and returns home in time for dinner. One stormy evening , he doesn't come back. Merryn has a vision that he's been dragged underwater by a terrifying sea creature and needs her help. Determined to rescue him, Merryn builds a tiny submarine and embarks on a journey through the undersea worlds she's only heard about in her father's lullabies. As she faces the dangers and wonders of the world below the waves, she realises that her fathers stories were all real.

I let my daughter tell you her thoughts on it :

Song of the Deep is quite a touching story. Merryn is such a lovely character and is brave and courageous like no other girl I've read about. I don't think a regular girl would be able to make a submarine to save their father now do you?

My favourite part was when Merryn meets the merrow maiden. The description in that chapter is just so beautifully written.

The illustrations in the book are really good. They painted the picture of the story in my mind, bringing it all to life.


The overall story was quite honestly amazing. I recommend this to those who love an adventure. I actually really want to play the game now too.

I agree with my daughter about the illustrations, the black and white sketches are simple yet effective and add a brilliant bit of detail to the tale itself. What gives this book a little bit of an edge is how they've cleverly given the pages a sort of worn appearance, all different lengths.


I'm intrigued to see the video game now too and I think this is a concept that others should adapt too, a great way to get kids interested in reading.

Song of the Deep is wonderful story filled with adventure and mystery, teacheing us the importance of determination, giving up shouldn't be an option!


  1. It sounds like a really good book and I wonder if my niece would like it! I'll have to have a look on Amazon x

  2. Ohhh this sounds amazing! My children all love adventure books, they'd really love this!! #ReadWithMe

  3. The idea of connecting a book to a video game is a great one for encouraging reluctant readers but it sounds like it has also worked the other way around too, encouraging your daughter to play the game.


  4. It's funny because on the one hand this sounds like a wonderful story, but on the other hand I know it's exactly the sort of story both my daughter and I don't like! It would appeal more to my younger son, if it wasn't for the female main character! Boys don't like female main characters.

  5. I love the look of this book, adventure stories like this were always a favourite of mine. The illustrations look wonderful too.

  6. I haven't even heard of the game, but I remember many many years ago buying a map book to help with a game I had been playing for several months

  7. gosh the illustrations alone are beautiful - looks great


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