Review: Immortal Sea by Virginia Kantra

Posted November 17, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 10 Comments

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Review: Immortal Sea by Virginia Kantra
Immortal Sea

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Series: Children of the Sea #4
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on September 7, 2010
Pages: 274
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

She wanted an adventure her last night before medical school and he gave it to her.  There were consequences.  Now, they meet again years later on the other side of the world.  I was curious about the finfolk and the rival for Prince Conn’s rule so was glad to get Morgan’s story.

Review

Immortal Sea is the fourth of the Children of the Sea series and moves a bit beyond the story of the three Hunter siblings so it could be read standalone in a pinch.  That said, it has a natural series arc flow to it that makes it better read in order.

Elizabeth Rodriguez is a widow with two children.  She suspects her teenage son has been getting into drugs and struggling so she takes the doctor’s position on World’s End, an island town in Maine for their family to start fresh where memories of Ben aren’t so painfully keen.  Then she meets Morgan and knows that one night stand from her past is going to change her future.

Morgan is finfolk, a shapeshifter of the sea and a warden to protect their underwater kingdom from the fire elementals and the damage humans are doing.  He comes to World’s End under orders to assist Dylan in protecting this place where fire elemental activity is strong.  He encounters a human from his past, but then he sees her oldest child and knows- the boy is finfolk mature enough to change and he is Morgan’s son.  Their people treasure the young because they struggle to have them.  He will take his son when he leaves.

As I said in my earlier review of the first book read out of order after reading the second and third books a few years ago, it was going to be rough picking the series back up and finishing.  I had forgotten a lot, but it came back as I read so I was back in the picture.
Now, that said, this was still a slow starting book for me.  I was ready to lay it aside, but about half-way through, it finally started moving forward with Elizabeth and Morgan talking, their relationship, his relationship to his son, and how being finfolk would affect them all.  The demon activity kicked in, too, which made things exciting.

The romance was one of those sudden ones.  I could have liked for more of a foundation than attraction and mutual need to protect the kids and each other.  I think it was because Elizabeth was a widow.  She’s no sooner struggling with anger and grief at Ben for dying than she’s wanting Morgan and needing him to choose her and stay.  I enjoyed the feels of the romance and cheered them on even while I wasn’t buying it on another level, if that makes sense.

As individuals, I liked Morgan and Elizabeth, and I liked the plot of this one with lots of scenes with Morgan’s son coming into his maturity as fin folk and starting to figure things out.  I felt there was more in that plot thread that could have been teased out particularly with Morgan.  But, there was enough to pull me in and engage me.

It was fun to catch up with previous couples and see where they are at with their newly started families.  World’s End sounds like a nice small town community and just the sort of place where merfolk would come ashore.

While this one had its shaky moments, I liked it and will press on to the last book in the series.  Those who enjoy paranormal romance with a sea setting and focused on the magic from the sea should give these a go.

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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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Mary Kirkland
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Even though it had some problems it does sound good and also sounds like a book that I would probably enjoy. Thanks for the great review.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, it is considered by many to be the high point of the series. 🙂 And, it was by no means a disaster.

Carole Rae
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Glad it still worked even though it had shaky moments.

Sophia Rose
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Yes! Some books have enough going for them that they can afford a few knocks against them. I did enjoy the characters and it was a ticklish situation.

Jen T
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I remember this series! In fact, I either read one of the novellas – or maybe there was a novella in an anthology? Anyhow, glad you got to enjoy them! Thanks.

Sophia Rose
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Oh cool!

Yes, there were two novellas and both were in separate anthologies where I think that is the only way you can get them.

Anne - Books of My Heart
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Well there is a lot of different things going on in this book. Fantastic review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
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Yes, it had a few main story threads running at once and I felt a couple of them suffered, but not enough to sour things completely. I like her writing and choice of the sea folk.

vvb
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The finfolk culture sounds interesting. Might try it for that.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, she makes them very different so you know they are not human. I loved that vibe throughout each story.