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Review: Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra

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Sea Witch (Children of the Sea #1) by Virginia Kantra
Paranormal Romance, Selkies
Mass Market Paperback (BERKLEY, 304 pages, $7.99)
ISBN# 0425221997
Released: July 2008
Margred is a Selkie—a legendary being of the sea, able to shapeshift into seductive human form. And she has found a human she desires...Burned out from the big city, Caleb Hunter becomes police chief on the peaceful Maine island of World’s End. Then he meets a woman who’s everything he’s ever dreamed of…Their passion is undeniable, irresistible—and it may change the fate of humankind.
Author Site: http://virginiakantra.com/

Red sky at night, sailor's delight... (4 stars)

When Margred, a lust-driven Selkie, seeks a human's touch upon land, the last thing she anticipates is becoming trapped in her human form. Caleb Hunter is a man with a past and then some. A veteran of the war in Iraq he has returned to Maine injured both physically and emotionally. Returning to his childhood home on the Maine island of World's End life is simpler, quieter. Until Magred shows up and seduces him with her exotic beauty and mysterious manner. She promises to return to him knowing full well she will not for she is Selkie and that is not their way. When she does return, strangely drawn back to Caleb, tragedy strikes and she must lie to Caleb in order to protect him.

When another Selkie turns up dead the plot thickens and Magred can't keep her secrets any longer. There's a demon loose in World's End and he's trying to make war between the elements of land and sea, earth and water. Trapped on land Magred must do whatever is within her power to stop the demon before he does anymore damage or kills the man she has just realized she loves. But when all is said and done can she ever return to the sea?

I'm normally a vampires and shapeshifters kind of gal, but over the summer I had a real desire to find a good mermaid or other water creature series. Thanks to some nice gals around Amazon.com's paranormal romance forum I decided I wanted to give Kantra's Children of the Sea a try. Caleb was a great hero, I thought he was a little stereotypical at first but he really grew on me. His desire for a simple, happy life were believable, not cheesy. Magred was a tougher sell. I struggled to like her and found her sudden realization of love a bit forced. I think her Selkie personality would have made a great character in a non-romance story.

Kantra did a great job of setting up a simple mythos for the series and brought in the hero for her second book and the heroine for her third seamlessly. I loved the isolated Maine setting but really hope to see more of the Selkie's world later in the series. The love scenes between Caleb and Magred were tasteful and not overly graphic, leaving something to the imagination which is what I prefer most of the time. The overall plot of Sea Witch ended a little too easily in my opinion but left no annoying cliff-hangers either. All in all I think this is the start of a very promising and very original series.


JenB said...

I've been looking at this book for a few weeks now. Reviews like this make me really want to read it!

Rhianna said...

I was a tough sell on it too Jen! I think what got me to finally grab it was the fact that it wasn't the usual PNR/UF race. Sometimes I just need something different. :) I haven't bought Sea Fever yet because I am so swamped with other great books. Did you read the Shifter anthology? I didn't but I read there's a short story from this series in there.

JenB said...

I haven't read the Shifter anthology, but I see it every time I go to the used book store. I may have to grab it the next time I see it. Thanks for letting me know!


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