Review: Forgotten Sea by Virginia Kantra

Posted December 7, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

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Review: Forgotten Sea by Virginia Kantra
Forgotten Sea

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Series: Children of the Sea #5
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on June 7, 2011
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

So, I came to the last book of the series and had that usual booklover sense of dread and anticipation because this was it.  How would the series end and, more important, would I be satisfied?  Well, let’s just say that I thought this was an all new characters story until a surprise twist tied it right in and gave a story that I didn’t even realize that I was missing.


Review

Forgotten Sea is the fifth of the Children of the Sea stories and it definitely doesn’t make for a good standalone for the ties to several threads in the story to make sense.

Lara Rho is a Nephilim, a fall angel or air elemental.  She was rescued by another fallen angel and given refuge in his well-warded school where fallen angels and half-angels of their kind are brought for protection and training.  Laura trained as a Seeker, one who goes out and finds these that are in danger from the demon, children of fire, and need to be brought in.  On her first assignment, she is drawn to a beautiful carefree sailor, Justin Miller, who turns out to be… well not an angel.  He’s fascinating and nothing like those back at her home where following the rules and trying to achieve higher knowledge is more important than free choice and following the heart.

Justin thought he was human and remembers nothing before seven years previously when he was rescued from a shipwreck as the only survivor, but now he’s expected to believe that he’s not human and Lara is a real angel.  Of course, the fire demon attack and the surge of power in him proves her right and they end up on quite the adventure trying to get him some answers.  Meanwhile, he holds Laura at arm’s length because he doesn’t believe he has it in him to do a long-term relationship.

It was great to get a story that involved the air elementals and learning about them after the earlier books mentioned them as one of the four elemental races.  I also enjoyed learning the twist on Justin’s life and the situation for Lucy and Conn.  The fire elementals and some others make things get pretty exciting for Lara and Justin.  They have a romance on the run even though both are in denial and don’t think it will work and, until they get all the answers, this is pretty much true.

But, as much as I liked this one and devoured it quickly, I felt it was sadly under-developed.
If this is was meant to be the last book in the series, let’s just say it was a fail.  Too much was left up in the air for the series story arcs.  But, I got the feeling it was meant to be a longer series and, for whatever reason, was stopped suddenly.  So, I’ll just wish that maybe nearly a decade later, we can get another one.

Unfortunately, that was not the only under-developed part.  This romance, and I do mean talk of love and forever, took place in three days.  And, right up until the last of the third day, there was little more than sexual attraction between them unless you count mutual life saving and sharing backgrounds with assurances that neither wanted long term.  Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t opposed to them being together and wanted that, but I just wasn’t feeling it based on what was there.

This story had a lot going on between the previous plot threads carrying over, the introduction of the Nephilim, ongoing demon threats, the romance, and facing up to their pasts.  For example, Lucy and Conn loose their baby and their relationship is drifting apart.  It gets maybe a total of three or four pages when this is a major thing that seems to be mentioned in passing.  All the threads tugging at the whole made for each thread to get stretched thin on development.

So, while I could get on board with the characters, their situations, and the action element, I really needed to see a great deal more development and a little more evidence or time for a true romance to develop.  Just too much and needed more pages.  I’m saddened that I had to feel like this for the last book that has been published in this series.  I still think the series is well worth other paranormal romance fans to pick up especially if they like spicy hot romance and a unique worldbuilding with great characters.


Challenges Met

Can You Read a Series in a Month #3
Mt. TBR #83


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Oh bummer for this to be how you’re left with the last book. I can understand how you weren’t really feeling the romance with the lack of development. Nice that you enjoyed parts at least. 🙂

Sophia Rose
7 months ago

Yeah, this was not a great grand finale. I thought of even a few more dangling threads it left even after I wrote the review. Oh well…

Lorna
Lorna
7 months ago

Oh, I would hate that! So sorry it wasn’t better for you. However, you have me interested in the series now.

Sophia Rose
7 months ago
Reply to  Lorna

Yeah, I really got the impression that this wasn’t meant to be the last book and something happened to end the series here. I tried her website, but it doesn’t mention anything. Oh well! I did enjoy the series and am glad you’re interested. It’s a little different focusing on sea paranormals.

Lorna
Lorna
7 months ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

I actually went and bought book one, but no telling when I will get to it.

Sophia Rose
7 months ago
Reply to  Lorna

And, I’ll look forward to seeing what you think when you get the chance. I do know what you mean about not knowing when you’ll be getting to a new book on the pile. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
7 months ago

This sounds like the kind of book I would like. Gonna have to look into this series.

Sophia Rose
7 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I love the world that she created and there has been some good action scenes and the characters.

Lover of Romance
7 months ago

I really like the premise of the story but I do need more development in my stories especially the romance. I definitely want to pick up this series though.

Sophia Rose
7 months ago

The world of her stories is great and I love the characters. They do tend to get hot and heavy quickly which is how the sea people treat relationships and sex. I’ve enjoyed getting back to this series.

Carole Rae
7 months ago

Bummer for the lack of development

Sophia Rose
7 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yeah… wanted more especially if it was going to be the last book. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

I’m sorry it wasn’t a satisfying wrap up of stories. That is difficult, true to life, but not what one wants in fiction.
Fantastic review!

Sophia Rose
7 months ago

You’re right about real life not tying up nicely like fiction. I still wonder if there was meant to be more here. Thanks, Anne!