Review: Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra

Posted November 9, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 17 Comments

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Review: Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra
Sea Witch

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Series: Children of the Sea #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on July 1, 2008
Pages: 273
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

Years ago I was captivated by a book cover and then the blurb.  Selkies and elemental magic, a bit of mystery, and a hard-fought romance was irresistible.  I read and enjoyed it and then the next book, but I never came back for book one in that series- until now when I had only a hazy memory of the details.  But, it all came back as soon as I started reading.  I’ve missed this series.

Review

Sea Witch is the first of the Children of the Sea series stories.  It introduces a world of elemental magic users living in hiding in and around the human world.  The focus is on the water elementals, the selkies, but there are others including fire elementals aka demons and air elementals who are angels.  A shift in the power balance and the peace between them all has begun at the outset of this book when Margred of the selkies comes on land for a little diversion.  Her mate died years ago and she is lonely and restless.  It is frowned upon for the selkies to go near shore and interact with humans and it is most definitely not okay to see a human as a person to remember.  So, when she scratches her itch with a handsome, scarred, and equally lonely human named Caleb Hunter on a beach in Maine and goes back because something about him draws her, disaster soon occurs.  A fire elemental is seen and her pelt is gone leaving her stranded on shore.

Caleb grew up the son of a morose alcoholic fisherman when his mother left and took his older brother with her leaving young Caleb to raise his baby sister and deal with everything including his sense of being left behind.  Caleb is a natural protector which led him into the police where he saw big city crime and then getting called up to fight overseas on a tour of duty with the National Guard only to get permanently injured in his leg.  Upon his return home, he chose not to return to the city, but take up as police chief of his small home town where the worst trouble he’d deal with were mischievous teenagers.  That is until a mysterious woman is assaulted and has secrets that he needs to get answers for and those secrets involve his own family even as danger draws closer.

As I said, it was years since I read books two and three so it took a little bit for me to remember the series plot, the characters, and the situation.  I loved being back on World’s End, with the town people, and also getting the selkies at Sanctuary.  I can see how reading this first would have made me unsure about getting Dylan, Caleb’s older brother’s story next.  I didn’t realize that he was a big jerk in Caleb’s story.  LOL  I did love seeing Lucy’s story emerging in the background and, yes, Dylan and Reggie’s too.
Margred comes on scene full of lust and confidence and so this one leaped out of the gate as hot and spicy and never lost that sultry sensualness.  It usually isn’t my thing to get that before a story develops, but it worked here because it set her apart as non-human.
The mystery of who was partnered with the demon was the work of seconds to figure out so wasn’t really a mystery and was just a matter of waiting for Caleb and the others to see the truth.  I was more taken with the romance conflict of how they would make it work between a selkie and a human since they had opposition and Margred and to choose land or sea.
Caleb was the standout character of this story for me.  He’d already been through so much and was hurting in so many ways.  I couldn’t see him and Margred as a couple for most of the book, but she grew on me in the end when it was about more than lust.

There was a lovely haunting quality to the selkie which I found a nice touch to this story since I always see the sea fey as a little lonely and sad like that.  I did prefer the books that came after this one, but it was a solid set up story and now I am eager to press forward and finish those last two books in the series.  Those who want to get a paranormal with a small island and sea setting should give this series a go.

Challenges Met

Mt. TBR #81
Can You Read a Series in a Month #1
Romance-opoly #66 Magic Row (PNR)

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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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ooh I have had this book on my TBR forever, I definitely need to pick it up. Very curious about the conflict with the romance here. Great review darling.

Sophia Rose
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LOL, I meant to read this like five years ago so I know what you mean. 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Same here! I finally decided to finish this series b/c I did like the two books I managed to read from the middle of the series. Oh yes, it was a tough decision for them with her being part of the sea folk.

Mary Kirkland
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I haven’t read this series but it sure sounds like one I would like. It has everything in it that I tend to like.

Sophia Rose
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Oh cool, Mary! Glad to point you at one you hadn’t seen before that might be just the thing.

Sophia Rose
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Oh cool! So glad to bring it to your attention, Mary.

Melliane
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It can be nice. I’m always intrigued by selkies stories.

Sophia Rose
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Same here, Melliane. They’re so mysterious. 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Same here. I’ve grabbed up books just because there were selkie characters.

Anne - Books of My Heart
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So you read book 2 & 3 a long time ago and just now discovered the first book? wild. Fascinating review!

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I found book two on a whim and then read book three and a tweeny novella, but then got distracted and never finished. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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I really enjoyed the contemporary romance series Virginia Kantra wrote just a few years back, after this one, apparently, but I didn’t know she also wrote a paranormal romance series. I’ll have to check it out seeing as I really love her writing! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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This one is from a while back and shows how much her writing has matured when you read it and then her Carolina Island series. Neat creative choices here.

Carole Rae
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Sounds like a good one and that cover is beautiful!

Sophia Rose
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Yes, this whole series has the most beautiful covers. 🙂 It’s turning out to be a decent series.

Melanie Simmons
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Sounds very interesting. Wonderful review Sophia.

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, paranormal under the sea. 🙂