Friday, April 20, 2012
The Lure of Shapinsay
"I'd not be afraid of a lily skinned man this day or any."
Kait Swanney has always known the stories of the selkies - seal-men who lure women to their deaths with enchantments. But she never believed it until her friend gave birth to a half-selkie baby. A baby that Kait tried to save when its grandfather drown the unnatural child. Kait is now targeted by a particularly uncontrolled selkie out for revenge. He casts his spell on her and seeks to destroy her. But as her enchantment increases, the young selkie finds himself drawn to her as much as she is drawn to him. But that can't be. She cannot live underwater and it's too much to ask him to live on land. Isn't it? Is love worth that much sacrifice....or is it really love at all?
My Opinion: This was an interesting book, set with mythology most are not familiar with. However, because of this fact, I got a bit lost and I knew the myth more than most probably do. I felt there could have been more explanation of the background and premise. The characters were pretty good and reacted well with each other. Much of the book is centered so much on Kait and Eamon that it is almost like their own little world until a character invades it for a time or two. Their romance and magic is very powerfully written. I must say there is quite a bit of "closed door" sex - nothing really described, but definitely mentioned a lot. Otherwise it was an interesting story that captures your emotions and makes you crave for a happy ending almost as much as the characters.
I was given a free copy of this book to review. No other compensation was given. The summary and review are 100% my own.