291572So I read this before reading Threat From the Sea and turns out I did it kinda bass akwards.  See, usually these anthologies are stories that take place in the same time frame as the main events, but it deals solely with creatures that have no part in said events and therefore no effect on the story.

Not so with Realms of the Deep here.  Seems you’re introduced to some pretty big characters (i.e. the antagonist and his right hand man) and some minor characters that have impact on the plot in some fashion.  So while the stories were intriguing, there are a few minor spoilers and foreshadowing here.

That being said, it was a fascinating read as it focused more on creatures that are born, live and die underwater, never setting foot on dry land or above the waves.  I was introduced to a lot of new creatures and wound up doing a lot of research but it was worth it.

Now we’ll get right along into the main event here. Rising Tide, first in the Threat from the Sea trilogy by Mel Odom.

291536From the murky depths of the Shining Sea rises a prehistoric menace who commands a rising tide of invasion to crash over the shores of Faerûn.

Iakhovas has plotted for long, bitter years to regain the powers that were torn from him by an angry goddess. Now, nothing will stand in his way, and the face of Toril will never be the same again.

Oblivious to the growing danger of the undersea civilizations, the surface world is about to awaken to a new horrifying threat from the sea.