Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on July 1, 2008
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.
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.
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