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First in the new The Children of the Sea series from the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR. Margred is a Selkie - a legendary being of the sea, able to shapeshift into seductive human form. And she has found a human she desires... Burned out from the big city, Caleb Hunter becomes police chief on the peaceful Maine island of World's End. Then he meets a woman who's everything he' First in the new The Children of the Sea series from the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR. Margred is a Selkie - a legendary being of the sea, able to shapeshift into seductive human form. And she has found a human she desires... Burned out from the big city, Caleb Hunter becomes police chief on the peaceful Maine island of World's End. Then he meets a woman who's everything he's ever dreamed of. Their passion is undeniable, irresistible ...and it may change the fate of humankind.


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First in the new The Children of the Sea series from the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR. Margred is a Selkie - a legendary being of the sea, able to shapeshift into seductive human form. And she has found a human she desires... Burned out from the big city, Caleb Hunter becomes police chief on the peaceful Maine island of World's End. Then he meets a woman who's everything he' First in the new The Children of the Sea series from the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR. Margred is a Selkie - a legendary being of the sea, able to shapeshift into seductive human form. And she has found a human she desires... Burned out from the big city, Caleb Hunter becomes police chief on the peaceful Maine island of World's End. Then he meets a woman who's everything he's ever dreamed of. Their passion is undeniable, irresistible ...and it may change the fate of humankind.

30 review for Sea Witch

  1. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    *2.5 Stars* I found this book pretty frustrating. The world idea was interesting, and I wanted to like it just for that--I mean, come on, selkies!--but I found the world building thin and the romance even thinner. One of my largest problems with this book was the hero, Caleb. He played the role usually reserved for super irritating females that are sweeter than pie and perfect. He was the quintessential martyr throughout the book. He never got truly angry with the heroine (and she did some pretty *2.5 Stars* I found this book pretty frustrating. The world idea was interesting, and I wanted to like it just for that--I mean, come on, selkies!--but I found the world building thin and the romance even thinner. One of my largest problems with this book was the hero, Caleb. He played the role usually reserved for super irritating females that are sweeter than pie and perfect. He was the quintessential martyr throughout the book. He never got truly angry with the heroine (and she did some pretty lame things) and when he did get a little irritated, he would be over it before you could blink. I don't appreciate that character type any more in a man than I do in a woman. I have future images of him scrambling to pick up the pieces behind her while she plays the lovable "free spirit" and wanders away without telling anyone her whereabouts after she gets tired of waiting for a ride, or something equally irritating that Caleb will just excuse as part of her charm. I had a really hard time warming up to Margred after the events in the beginning. I don't have a problem with her pragmatic attitude toward sex, but I do have a problem with the shady way she treats her chosen partner. You may not want strings, but that doesn't give you the right to hop off his lap and leave without saying goodbye after round two while he thinks you'll be right back. (FYI: Not a spoiler - it happens in by page 33) That just makes you skeezy, and it infuriates me that the hero didn't have a problem hooking back up with her when she came back. The relationship felt pretty nonexistent to me. They fell in love, but I can't remember seeing it happen. They weren't ever shown to be having a personal conversation. How could they really? Margred lied about herself, and it's not like she could give him in depth details about her life and personality without admitting all. So, what exactly did he love? The sex? Because that seems to have been all that was really developed. Margred seemed to go from a stoic, emotionally self contained selkie, to a sobbing quivering mess in no time flat. It happened so fast that I felt I got whiplash from the change. After I gave up on the romance I stuck it out because I wanted more info on the world. I wish there was more detail about her people running through these pages. I didn't want an info dump, but I was expecting something a little more comprehensive. Hopefully we get more detail in the second book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*

    3.5 Stars The first line of this book was: "IF SHE DIDN'T HAVE SEX WITH SOMETHING SOON, she would burst out of her skin." Well, this certainly made for a saucy start! LOL I’ll keep this short. This was a fast read. I liked it, but can't say that I loved it, hence, the 3.5 Stars. Thanks for the reco, though, NU! Margred is a selkie, a child of the sea. Her mate had died long ago. One day, in frisky frustration, she goes to land in search of sex. She comes ashore and takes human form on a beach on t 3.5 Stars The first line of this book was: "IF SHE DIDN'T HAVE SEX WITH SOMETHING SOON, she would burst out of her skin." Well, this certainly made for a saucy start! LOL I’ll keep this short. This was a fast read. I liked it, but can't say that I loved it, hence, the 3.5 Stars. Thanks for the reco, though, NU! Margred is a selkie, a child of the sea. Her mate had died long ago. One day, in frisky frustration, she goes to land in search of sex. She comes ashore and takes human form on a beach on the island of World’s End, Maine, USA, where she comes across Caleb Hunter, the Chief of Police, out on patrol. There is instant chemistry between Margred and Caleb, and yet Caleb manages to resist her seductive siren’s call, at least, at this first meeting. Having just finished this, I thought I’d just pound out…ahem…like Caleb and Margred did on second meeting LOL… this review, since I have several books waiting to be reviewed already. This book was hot and kept me engaged. I liked Caleb, the noble, grounded, tortured hero, an injured Iraqi soldier and former Portland Major Crimes detective. Maggie’s stoic selkieness made it difficult for me to connect with her, at first. I liked seeing her grow more human, and I felt near the end, that love made her both weak and strong … as it tends to do. This felt more like a crime thriller style RS, to me, with some paranormal elements rather than a PNR, as I felt the paranormal world-building was a bit lacking. Interesting concept, though, with the elementals. Also, while I did enjoy the romance, there was a wee bit something missing that I can’t pinpoint. Though, I have fuzzy, sick brain. Cold virus sick, not twisted-psycho sick! LOL Oi! I better stop now! On to Book 2 - Sea Fever! I’d like to see seemingly cold and distant Dylan brought to his knees by LOVE! ^_^

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julie (jjmachshev)

    Something a little different for the paranormal romance scene. "Sea Witch" by Virginia Kantra serves up a helping of nasty demons and sexy selkies. This is book one of her new 'Children of the Sea' series and it was certainly worth the read. He's a wounded hero (YAY!) returned from Iraq with a bum leg and PTSD. Now Caleb works as the police chief on the small, quiet island where he was raised. Life has a slower pace and he's recovering, getting stronger and better. Although there's not much night Something a little different for the paranormal romance scene. "Sea Witch" by Virginia Kantra serves up a helping of nasty demons and sexy selkies. This is book one of her new 'Children of the Sea' series and it was certainly worth the read. He's a wounded hero (YAY!) returned from Iraq with a bum leg and PTSD. Now Caleb works as the police chief on the small, quiet island where he was raised. Life has a slower pace and he's recovering, getting stronger and better. Although there's not much night life (make that pretty much none), after his ordeal in Iraq and a bitter divorce, he's not quite ready to start looking for a woman anyway. Then one night a gorgeous, naked woman appears on the beach...and apparently she'd love to 'go a few rounds' with him. And Caleb? Well, suddenly he's feeling much better...until she disappears. Margred is hundreds of years old and she's bored. She's drawn to Caleb's island and Caleb. Even after she gets what she wants from him and leaves, she can't forget him. When she returns to see Caleb, she is attacked and her sealskin is destroyed. Now she's a puny, weak human...with a demon on her tail. I found "Sea Witch" interesting and pretty hot. The story kept me entertained and I'm headed to pick up the second book, "Sea Fever" now. The third, "Sea Lord" will be released in May 2009.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I liked this book, but I kept getting irritated with Maggie for not telling Cal what she really was. After he saved her from the demon and her pelt had been burned, she lived with him for weeks before telling. That is the only reason for 4 stars instead of 5. I love the idea of this series, I love the characters who were introduced, and I think the demons (children of fire) will be back in the next few books. Quick summary: Caleb is an Iraqi war vet who came home to a small island in New England t I liked this book, but I kept getting irritated with Maggie for not telling Cal what she really was. After he saved her from the demon and her pelt had been burned, she lived with him for weeks before telling. That is the only reason for 4 stars instead of 5. I love the idea of this series, I love the characters who were introduced, and I think the demons (children of fire) will be back in the next few books. Quick summary: Caleb is an Iraqi war vet who came home to a small island in New England to be small-town sheriff. One night, he sees a super hot girl walking the beach-no girl, a 700 year old selkie! But Margared doesn't tell him that. She just needs to have sex, then swim off into the ocean. But she can't get him out of her head. And when she comes back, three weeks later, we see her pelt stolen and burned by a demon. The two of them not only fight their attraction but their feelings too. Caleb is the marrying kind, Maggie doesn't think she is. But they have wicked hot sex, and we meet Lucy, Cal's younger sister-who turns out to have some sort of power, but no one-least of all Lucy-knows it. Maggie feels something, but can't figure it out. They do in the end defeat the demon, and Maggie and Cal get a happily ever after, but the demon is bound, not defeated, so we may not have seen the last of him.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Readoholic Girl Smitten With Books

    ok so this was my first ever mermaid and human romance book and i will say it was a good one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Franci

    #26 of 2020 4 "sexy silky selkie" stars I really enjoyed this book. The title is a little bit misleading, as Margred is a selkie not really a sea witch. Selkies have magic in them, so maybe it refers to that aspect. Margred and Caleb are both excellent MC's. Especially the fact that Caleb is an injured war veteran, not a physically perfect male specimen with unlimited strength and all. It kinda makes it more real. He doesn't lack in loyalty and bravery and overall "good guy" qualities though. I also #26 of 2020 4 "sexy silky selkie" stars I really enjoyed this book. The title is a little bit misleading, as Margred is a selkie not really a sea witch. Selkies have magic in them, so maybe it refers to that aspect. Margred and Caleb are both excellent MC's. Especially the fact that Caleb is an injured war veteran, not a physically perfect male specimen with unlimited strength and all. It kinda makes it more real. He doesn't lack in loyalty and bravery and overall "good guy" qualities though. I also liked the fact that Margred didn't instantly fall in love with him, only after she saw what type of man he is, did she start. Sure, there was insta-attraction and everything that goes along with that.... I will definitely continue with this series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    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 livi 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Terra

    Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra is absolutely delicious. A magical mystical romance with a paranormal element that I haven't read before. Caught in the novel's web from page one I just could not put this book down. Oh my, oh my so yummy! Margred is breathtakingly beautiful with long dark hair, ivory skin and large brown bottomless eyes that drink in every little thing. She is a selkie! Human on land, seal by sea. Mortal on land, Immortal by sea. A creature of the earth with water as her element. Cale Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra is absolutely delicious. A magical mystical romance with a paranormal element that I haven't read before. Caught in the novel's web from page one I just could not put this book down. Oh my, oh my so yummy! Margred is breathtakingly beautiful with long dark hair, ivory skin and large brown bottomless eyes that drink in every little thing. She is a selkie! Human on land, seal by sea. Mortal on land, Immortal by sea. A creature of the earth with water as her element. Caleb Hunter is a tall handsome man with sea green eyes that could trap your soul. He had a difficult childhood with the loss of his mother and older brother which lead him on a journey to Iraq and the war we all hate. Having been wounded in battle he returns to Maine and his boyhood home to become Chief of Police. The story starts out with our Chief doing what he is best at, his job. While finishing up he comes upon Margred in her human form and sexual sparks start to fly right away. Margred agrees to meet Caleb for a date and the sparks turn into fiery passion. Weeks go by with Caleb waiting and checking for Margred. He comes across her one night as she is being brutally attacked and literary saves her by the skin of her teeth. She is checked by a physician and latter questioned by Caleb but with no satisfaction on his part. Even though Caleb doesn't know quite what to think of Margred he doesn't let that stop the lust and passion that they both share and crave. Being on a small island off the Maine coast where summer brings hoards of tourists, the news of an attack on a woman spreads like wildfire. Being that as it may, Caleb gets things under control very quickly to the island year round residents utter relief. Unfortunately, the quiet of this small community doesn't last for long. Our author has given us a wonderful storyline that is written so smoothly that time just seems to disappear before we even realize the book is at it's end. Action packed, undeniable irresistible passion, sexually delightful, brutal, nerve wracking, sit on the edge of your seat enticing, you won't go wrong with this fantastic tale. This writer knows her stuff and I cannot wait for the next book in this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    First book in the Sea series. I really loved the character of Caleb Hunter. Burned out veteran of the big city streets and disabled war Veteran. He's human and has desires that he thinks he will never find in his hometown on a coastal Maine island. But he's also a fighter. He's mentally tough and even though somewhat limited physically, he doesn't let that stop him. I had a harder time warming up to Margred (or Maggie as Caleb called her), and I'm still not sure I did at that. Margred is a selkie First book in the Sea series. I really loved the character of Caleb Hunter. Burned out veteran of the big city streets and disabled war Veteran. He's human and has desires that he thinks he will never find in his hometown on a coastal Maine island. But he's also a fighter. He's mentally tough and even though somewhat limited physically, he doesn't let that stop him. I had a harder time warming up to Margred (or Maggie as Caleb called her), and I'm still not sure I did at that. Margred is a selkie, a mythical creature of the sea, living eternally and giving new meaning to "going with the flow". She's very selfish and thinks of humans as beneath her, unless she has a use for them. When she's suddenly rendered "almost human" i.e. unable to return to the sea, she clings to Caleb and his sister Lucy, as hard as one might cling to a lifejacket in a storm. Adrift in a world she doesn't really want to be in, she doesn't act like you would think someone in her position would. She continually refuses to listen to Caleb or Lucy when they are only acting in her best interest. Caleb saved the book for me. I think it would have been a wallbanger or DNF for sure without him. I will continue to read the series because I see other characters who will have their own story and relish a good read about a character I actually like.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Renwick

    I loved the premise of this series, and the world building. It was really well done and so smoothly written. I also liked that it was a small island community and that the people we meet in Sea Witch will have a place in the next two books. For me, however, Caleb was a bit too beta for my taste, and Margred, the heroine wasn't my cuppa. I had a hard time relating to her and too many times I felt she was selfish and it turned me off, despite the fact the author set up her personality well and tie I loved the premise of this series, and the world building. It was really well done and so smoothly written. I also liked that it was a small island community and that the people we meet in Sea Witch will have a place in the next two books. For me, however, Caleb was a bit too beta for my taste, and Margred, the heroine wasn't my cuppa. I had a hard time relating to her and too many times I felt she was selfish and it turned me off, despite the fact the author set up her personality well and tied it into being a selkie. I could buy why she was the way she was, it just didn't work for me. If Margred was real, I could see myself making conversation with her to be polite, but we'd never be friends. The sex, while early and plentiful never really satisfied by inner hussy. However, Sea Witch did make me anxious to read the next two books.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ronda Tutt

    This was a great adult romance. The writer captures the true emotions and feelings of the characters. I love the adult content, the eplicit sex was very beautiful and made me want more as it carried on. I couldn't put the book down and read it in one day. I couldn't wait to but the next book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa theJeepDiva

    3 1/2 Stars Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages Published July 1st 2008 by Berkley ISBN13: 9780425221990 Series: Children of the Sea #1 3 ½ Stars, 3 Flames Margred is a selkie. She has left the sea to find an eagerly willing and fulfilling sexual partner. The only thing she is seeking as she walks Worlds End beach on a late May night is orgasm. What she finds is a handsome cop out on patrol who would rather get to know her and have more than a quick release with her. There is a very sweet romance here. 3 1/2 Stars Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages Published July 1st 2008 by Berkley ISBN13: 9780425221990 Series: Children of the Sea #1 3 ½ Stars, 3 Flames Margred is a selkie. She has left the sea to find an eagerly willing and fulfilling sexual partner. The only thing she is seeking as she walks Worlds End beach on a late May night is orgasm. What she finds is a handsome cop out on patrol who would rather get to know her and have more than a quick release with her. There is a very sweet romance here. Margred and Caleb have a strong sexual attraction that gives the book some hot sex scenes. Caleb is a kind man that you love as a character from the beginning of the book. Maggie having lived so long as a selkie away from humanity it makes her very different from humans. She is not an easily likable character in the beginning. Her character does evolve the closer she gets to Caleb. Caleb does not realize he has a familial link to the selkies. I liked the selkie idea. Selkies are creatures of the sea that can shed their pelt and walk among humans. The pelt is their means of shifting and immortality. It is easy to see the importance of the pelt. It is the source of this books conflict. This is a great book. I will continue reading the series. I am very interested in how the main male character of the second book will evolve. He is a complete jerk in this book. I think there is a reasons behind it and I am dying to see if my suspicions are correct. I like to try and guess at the who done it when there is a murder involved in something I’m reading. Here, you know the who done it and the how’s of it from get go. The whys are eventually answered and it is the only thing you are left to guess at. I won’t say that this book was predictable. I really hate that in a description. I realize that this is a romance, the romance between Margred and Caleb is the focus of the book, but with the presence of a murder and the hero being a cop I expected the book to be a little more suspenseful. The lack of suspense left me a little disappointed. Also there is a family connection that is introduced fairly early on that was too easy to see coming. There is a prequel to this book, Sea Crossing. It is in the Shifter anthology. It does not have to be read to follow this book. Sea Crossing takes place at a different time and a completely different setting. The characters involved with that story do not have a role in this one. I do recommend reading Shifter. It is my favorite anthology.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    2.5 stars. Rounded up for Goodreads, mostly because I love selkie lore, and because some of the world building was mildly intriguing. Sea Witch is a lackluster paranormal romance which starts out moderately interesting but becomes less and less so as it progresses. The main characters are both likable but rather bland, especially the hero. The heroine at least starts out feeling a bit unique, but she becomes more annoying (and more like every other heroine I've ever read about) the longer she han 2.5 stars. Rounded up for Goodreads, mostly because I love selkie lore, and because some of the world building was mildly intriguing. Sea Witch is a lackluster paranormal romance which starts out moderately interesting but becomes less and less so as it progresses. The main characters are both likable but rather bland, especially the hero. The heroine at least starts out feeling a bit unique, but she becomes more annoying (and more like every other heroine I've ever read about) the longer she hangs out with the hero. The character whom I found most interesting was the villain. Unfortunately, he is not featured very much, and you don't get to learn much about him or his race. The world building in general is a bit sparse. Every time an interesting detail is introduced, the author quickly diverts attention away from the lore and back to her uninspiring couple. More than the rest of the story, the ending irritated me. (view spoiler)[Margred gives up her whole existence as a selkie, including her immortality and the freedom that is so important to her kind, to be with Caleb. She makes all of the sacrifices in their relationship. By the end of the book, she has completely altered her worldview and her way of life to fit with his. To me, it felt like she has diminished herself to satisfy him. I would have preferred it if both characters had made equal sacrifices, or if there has been some sort of give-and-take to prove that Caleb's love was as selfless as Margred's. (hide spoiler)] This book wasn't a bad way to kill a few hours. But now I'm in the mood to go watch The Secret of Roan Inish, which is actually a good selkie story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

    this was a nice::enjoyable::read:: i liked it enough that i shall read the rest of the series:: caleb is war vet (iraq)::is phsyically scarred has PTSD and has issues from his childhood::actually if he asked me for a date i wouldn't turn him down he's a nice kind guy who just wants/needs to be made whole again ::margred is a selkie::and has come from the sea for a specific purpose::but something is out to get her....::the story is one of finding trust/love and understanding::calebs past is bought this was a nice::enjoyable::read:: i liked it enough that i shall read the rest of the series:: caleb is war vet (iraq)::is phsyically scarred has PTSD and has issues from his childhood::actually if he asked me for a date i wouldn't turn him down he's a nice kind guy who just wants/needs to be made whole again ::margred is a selkie::and has come from the sea for a specific purpose::but something is out to get her....::the story is one of finding trust/love and understanding::calebs past is bought back to confront him and margred has to comes to terms with her feelings::this would be nice love story with or without the paranormal theme::the bedroom activity was well written::no ick moments for those of you who don't like that sort of thing::just nice *romantic*sex::the setting is nice::but i like stories centred around the sea::oh theres a nice HEA as well::but isn't there always:)::

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this story, which I thought was well written and interesting. I felt as though the author knows more about the world she described than what she told us here, which apparently was a Hemingway technique, and one which I find makes a work of fiction more believable.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rhianna

    When Margred, a lust-driven Selkie, seeks a human's touch upon land, the last thing she anticipates is becoming trapped in her human form. Caleb Hunter is a man with a past and then some. A veteran of the war in Iraq he has returned to Maine injured both physically and emotionally. Returning to his childhood home on the Maine island of World's End life is simpler, quieter. Until Magred shows up and seduces him with her exotic beauty and mysterious manner. She promises to return to him knowing fu When Margred, a lust-driven Selkie, seeks a human's touch upon land, the last thing she anticipates is becoming trapped in her human form. Caleb Hunter is a man with a past and then some. A veteran of the war in Iraq he has returned to Maine injured both physically and emotionally. Returning to his childhood home on the Maine island of World's End life is simpler, quieter. Until Magred shows up and seduces him with her exotic beauty and mysterious manner. She promises to return to him knowing full well she will not for she is Selkie and that is not their way. When she does return, strangely drawn back to Caleb, tragedy strikes and she must lie to Caleb in order to protect him. When another Selkie turns up dead the plot thickens and Magred can't keep her secrets any longer. There's a demon loose in World's End and he's trying to make war between the elements of land and sea, earth and water. Trapped on land Magred must do whatever is within her power to stop the demon before he does anymore damage or kills the man she has just realized she loves. But when all is said and done can she ever return to the sea? I'm normally a vampires and shapeshifters kind of gal, but over the summer I had a real desire to find a good mermaid or other water creature series. Thanks to some nice gals around Amazon.com's paranormal romance forum I decided I wanted to give Kantra's Children of the Sea a try. Caleb was a great hero, I thought he was a little stereotypical at first but he really grew on me. His desire for a simple, happy life were believable, not cheesy. Magred was a tougher sell. I struggled to like her and found her sudden realization of love a bit forced. I think her Selkie personality would have made a great character in a non-romance story. Kantra did a great job of setting up a simple mythos for the series and brought in the hero for her second book and the heroine for her third seamlessly. I loved the isolated Maine setting but really hope to see more of the Selkie's world later in the series. The love scenes between Caleb and Magred were tasteful and not overly graphic, leaving something to the imagination which is what I prefer most of the time. The overall plot of Sea Witch ended a little too easily in my opinion but left no annoying cliff-hangers either. All in all I think this is the start of a very promising and very original series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller

    Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.nikihawkes.com It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a good old paranormal romance, but after reading several rather depressing dystopians and post-apocalyptic novels, it was just what the doctor ordered: something lighthearted. I don’t usually read romances for epic world building or complex plot lines, but rather for the mindless entertainment that I let take me where it will. I guess it’s safe to say I go in with low expectations. It sounds horrible, but Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.nikihawkes.com It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a good old paranormal romance, but after reading several rather depressing dystopians and post-apocalyptic novels, it was just what the doctor ordered: something lighthearted. I don’t usually read romances for epic world building or complex plot lines, but rather for the mindless entertainment that I let take me where it will. I guess it’s safe to say I go in with low expectations. It sounds horrible, but when I try to hold romances to the same standard I hold most urban fantasies, they always seem to come up short. It’s not that they’re poorly written or anything, it’s just that their objectives and target audiences are just different. They are not supposed to make you think, they are supposed to make you feel while two characters struggle towards their happily ever after. And while urban fantasies and even high fantasies often have relationship development as an integral part of their plots, it is very rarely the overall arc of the story. Anyway, down to specifics: despite my lower expectations, Sea Witch was actually a pretty entertaining read. There was a good mix of mystery, character development, and romance. It was also fairly steamy – with lots of sexual tension even though the relationship was, shall we say, fast-moving. It helped that I liked the characters (a must in any genre), but was pleasantly surprised by the presence of a decent villain. Although the world building wasn’t profound, it was interesting – having just enough magic to keep me enticed. Overall, of the romances I’ve read, Sea Change was one of the better ones. Kantra impressed me with her writing, and presented all the typical romance elements in a way that was fun and engaging. Recommended Reading: I always feel weird recommending romances to customers because you never know who wants the more “wholesome” novels or the more erotic ones… and I never feel like it’s my business to ask (nor do I really want to know). Sea Witch was on the tamer side, say 3/10 on the “steaminess” scale.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wan

    This is a solid 4 stars for me. I really like it and think it’s a good start for a promising series. Don’t know why but I can’t help myself compare this book to the Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast. I definitely like this one much better. This is a quick read for me. Though, I didn’t really like the opening of the book but the book was interesting enough to keep me reading (particularly 1st chapter - the “horny” selkie part was almost a turn off). But I do like Maggie character. Her honesty (cough This is a solid 4 stars for me. I really like it and think it’s a good start for a promising series. Don’t know why but I can’t help myself compare this book to the Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast. I definitely like this one much better. This is a quick read for me. Though, I didn’t really like the opening of the book but the book was interesting enough to keep me reading (particularly 1st chapter - the “horny” selkie part was almost a turn off). But I do like Maggie character. Her honesty (cough!) was endearing. But I love Caleb --his limp leg and all. He seemed to have his heart in the right place. Though, this book reads like a sequence to a Celtic story of Ondine. I enjoyed it very much, nonetheless.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Very interesting. I liked the world building a lot, it was very full of life and intriguing. It was also fun to know. The plot, however...I liked it well enough but it was somewhat sad. Trading seven hundred years of immortality for maybe fifty years of love? It's romantic but really really sad. I guess it made sense for Maggie though because she had lived with a mate before, had lost him and barely remembered him now. Deep down she really just wanted someone with whom to spend her days without Very interesting. I liked the world building a lot, it was very full of life and intriguing. It was also fun to know. The plot, however...I liked it well enough but it was somewhat sad. Trading seven hundred years of immortality for maybe fifty years of love? It's romantic but really really sad. I guess it made sense for Maggie though because she had lived with a mate before, had lost him and barely remembered him now. Deep down she really just wanted someone with whom to spend her days without the pain of having him die and her live again and again. She wanted stability instead of flowing through life. They did make one awesome couple. Dylan annoyed me as hell though. Too bad Caleb never got the chance to punch him.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    Sweet read. Of course the hero needs/wants to save the girl. The girl tells some of the truth but leaves some of it out. Girl frustrates hero. Caleb and Maggie are a sweet couple. He was trying find peace and quite. Maggie was looking for a good time. Well Maggie got hers. Caleb not so much. This read was passionate, had a hint of danger, and made me shed a tear at one point. Can't wait to read about Dylan.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    I've read a lot of paranormal romance book but never before have I encountered something as original as Virginia Kantra's Children o the Sea. And I really enjoy finding something original. But though the setting was unique the plot wasn't. It was quite easy to predict that that can ruin any original idea. But still the plot was okay, just your ordinary demon murder, who is he? So, a good book where I'd like to read the next.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    This book is light on world-building and character development. The story premise has promise and I found the main characters interesting, but neither was fleshed out. The writing is good, but somewhat bland. It lacks energy. The villain was one of the best characters and perhaps the most well-rounded. I've been told the later books in this series are better, so I might go on to book two someday. With a little more spark in the writing, this series could be very entertaining.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bree

    This was a fantastic book. Perfect mix of romance and paranormal adventure, with a lush setting, fully realized characters and an exciting plot. Couldn't put it down until I'd finished it, and can't wait to read the next two!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Plot: 5 Stars I absolutely love stories that include lesser known paranormal creatures, especially when they're the main creature and not overshadowed by vampires and/or werewolves. The selkies in this novel were very interesting, especially their hierarchy. My favorite part of the novel was how there were different paranormal creatures to represent the elements. The selkies represented water, while the demons represented fire. Pace: 4.5 Stars This novel was a breeze. I finished it much quicker th Plot: 5 Stars I absolutely love stories that include lesser known paranormal creatures, especially when they're the main creature and not overshadowed by vampires and/or werewolves. The selkies in this novel were very interesting, especially their hierarchy. My favorite part of the novel was how there were different paranormal creatures to represent the elements. The selkies represented water, while the demons represented fire. Pace: 4.5 Stars This novel was a breeze. I finished it much quicker than the past couple of novels I've read. It grabbed me by the first couple of pages and didn't let go as it raced to the end. There were no scenes that felt like filler inbetween more important scenes. The jumps between points of view were handled with care, and really worked for giving the reader all aspects of the story. It didn't jump every two seconds from character to character, and it wasn't confusing. Instead, it helped some scenes flow more naturally. And it gave the reader a better insight into the world. Characters: 4 Stars Margred was a very interesting heroine, and probably one of my favorites that I've read all year. She was very confident and didn't take any crap, and she adjusted pretty fast to the human world. I did enjoy the few moments in which the human world tripped her up. Caleb was a very likeable hero because he wasn't perfect. He had his demons and his lingering injuries, but it didn't make him any less of a hero in this novel. My only complain is that a lot of the smaller characters didn't have quite enough depth, although I'm happy that Regina and Dylan will be the main characters of the next novel since I did want to see more of them. Cover: 4.5 Stars I am a sucker for a blue cover, especially when the color fits the novel. I can't think of a better color for a novel based so much around the sea. And I personally like when the cover model is turned away from the reader, because it leaves the imagination free to picture the main character however we'd like to, given the author's description. The background details really fit the novel as well. And I really enjoyed the detail of the circle with the series name that is featured on all of the novels. I like when publishers take the time to include those little details. Overall: 4.5 Stars Disclosure: I bought this book for my own enjoyment.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Casee

    I really have enjoyed Virginia Kantra’s romantic suspense books so I wasn’t thrilled when this series first came out. I was so un-thrilled, in fact, that I didn’t read this book until two years after I got it. Margred/Maggie threw me off at first. As a selkie, she doesn’t have human thoughts, human feelings, etc. The only human urge she has is of the sexual variety. So she was a very “go get ‘em” type of girl/seal. She first meets Caleb when she comes to land to find someone to bleep. Caleb is th I really have enjoyed Virginia Kantra’s romantic suspense books so I wasn’t thrilled when this series first came out. I was so un-thrilled, in fact, that I didn’t read this book until two years after I got it. Margred/Maggie threw me off at first. As a selkie, she doesn’t have human thoughts, human feelings, etc. The only human urge she has is of the sexual variety. So she was a very “go get ‘em” type of girl/seal. She first meets Caleb when she comes to land to find someone to bleep. Caleb is that person. She is attracted to him in a way that doesn’t make sense to the selkie part of her. Caleb has had a rough few years and is happy to be home in World Point. When he first meets Maggie, he is breaking up a celebration on the beach. After a very intense sexual encounter, Maggie leaves and doesn’t come back. After that, Caleb would check that stretch of beach. For three weeks he waited for her. He finally finds her, but not in the way he wants. When Maggie comes to shore, she is attacked and her pelt is subsequently burned. To be without her pelt is to not be selkie. Maggie has no idea what to do. She knows no one but Caleb. She has no one but Caleb. While she is very attracted to him, she is selkie at heart and cannot remain on land. Maggie’s thoughts on immortality were very confusing (for her). She couldn’t understand why any selkie would resort to becoming human thus aging. As a 700 year old selkie, she can’t fathom a lifespan so short nor does she want to. Her inner struggle with that was really very emotional. She realizes she loves Caleb, but she still can’t imagine giving up her life as a selkie. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine her doing it either. End up together they do, though it wasn’t easy to get there. They have demons and a long-lost brother to deal with. For the first book in the series, I found it very well written. 4 out of 5.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    I don't know why this book didn't appeal to me, but I set it down after 45 pages and just didn't want to pick it up again. Something about the writing style didn't work for me - it wasn't bad writing, it just didn't grab me and hold my attention. I got a bleak vibe from the beginning of the book - that really bad things have happened and would happen again. I guess it was a bit too dark for me to work as a romance. (paranormal romance, by the way, about selkies) But I only read the first 45 page I don't know why this book didn't appeal to me, but I set it down after 45 pages and just didn't want to pick it up again. Something about the writing style didn't work for me - it wasn't bad writing, it just didn't grab me and hold my attention. I got a bleak vibe from the beginning of the book - that really bad things have happened and would happen again. I guess it was a bit too dark for me to work as a romance. (paranormal romance, by the way, about selkies) But I only read the first 45 pages, so take this review with a grain of salt. If you love mermaid romances, and don't mind slightly dark urban fantasy, this might appeal to you.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Magda

    Didn't realize this was a Romance Book when I got it, so there were plenty of eye-rolling, skip-this-bit-again parts. The underlying story is that of a selkie and a man, which is, obviously, romantic, but here the selkie falls for the man... which is just kinda weird in a traditional selkie tale, which this almost attempts to be.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anja Braun

    This book was just o.k. but I really liked Sea Fever much better!! To me this just didn't have much of storyline.Loads of sex but not much of a story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    I really can't do pnr anymore. It just does not work for me

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    Maybe cause it was an earlier kindle book but formatting seemed weird - the changing pov with no indication

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