Monday, August 11, 2008

“Sea Witch” by Virginia Kantra

FROM THE BOOKCOVER:
Her spell cannot be broken...

From the water…
For years, Margred has gone without the touch of another. Now, her need has driven her beyond her world to sate her desire. For she is a Selkie-a legendary being of the sea, able to shapeshift into seductive human form. Finally, she has found the one man she wants…

From the land…

A burned out veteran of big city streets, Caleb Hunter was only too happy to take a job as police chief on the peaceful Maine island of World's End. Nothing ever happens in this tiny community bounded by the sea. Until he meets a woman who's everything he's ever dreamed of. And more…

To each other…
Their passion is undeniable. Irresistible. But when a murderer begins targeting women in World's End, Caleb must face the terrible possibility that the killings are somehow connected to the mysterious Margred - and that the power of their love may change the fate of human kind …
This is Book 1 in The Children of the Sea series. Sea Witch is a very poignant and personal story, subtlety told and sure. The immortal Margred, a selkie arrives on the beach at World’s End taking human form and seeking a quick physical relationship and sets her sights on Caleb, the town Sheriff. Caleb has been wrestling his own personal demons after a tour in Iraq, finding refuge in his small hometown.

After a single night of passion on the beach Maggie leaves. Caleb unaware of her selkie nature doesn’t expect her to return but waits hopefully nevertheless. Maggie finds the boredom and indifference of her existence has been tweaked and returns to explore the possibilities that Caleb offers. However on arriving she is attacked by a demon and her pelt destroyed robbing her of her immortality and her ability to shift back to her selkie form.

Caleb’s reality is seriously undermined when Maggie reveals her true nature and at first refuses to believe. This is further compounded when he is told that his mother and older brother Dylan, that abandoned his father, sister and himself years before are selkie’s as well. Despite both their lives being turned upside down, Maggie and Caleb’s bond grows and they tackle the growing challenges together.

A heartfelt romance with never a false note, this fantasy, simply told is a pleasure to read. Recommended.

Read the first chapter.

Sea Fever which is Caleb's selkie brother Dylan’s story is out this month and Sea Lord, Caleb’s sister Lucy’s story is due out next year.

1 comment:

  1. Drat! Trumped again. This one is coming up on my list to read and review. I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Kantra's Selkie story in the Shifter anthology earlier this summer and I've been looking forward to this.

    Now that you've recommended it - I'm even more excited!

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