Saturday, July 26, 2008

Sea Witch - Review

Book: Sea Witch
Author: Virginia Kantra
Category: Paranormal Romance
Series: Children of the Sea, Book 1
Grade: A
From the water…
For years, Margred has gone without the touch of another. Now, her need has driven her beyond her world to sate her desire. For she is a Selkie-a legendary being of the sea, able to shapeshift into seductive human form. Finally, she has found the one man she wants…

From the land…
A burned out veteran of big city streets, Caleb Hunter was only too happy to take a job as police chief on the peaceful Maine island of World's End. Nothing ever happens in this tiny community bounded by the sea. Until he meets a woman who's everything he's ever dreamed of. And more…

To each other…
Their passion is undeniable. Irresistible. But when a murderer begins targeting women in World's End, Caleb must face the terrible possibility that the killings are somehow connected to the mysterious Margred - and that the power of their love may change the fate of human kind

During a recent book buying binge, I picked up Sea Witch on a whim. After reading it, I'm glad I did. Sea Witch is the best Paranormal Romance I've read this year. Virginia Kantra has taken a paranormal element not often written about and brought it to life in this book.

Margred is a seven hundred year old selkie. After loosing her mate years ago she has lived alone in the ocean, the way that most all selkie's do. Her need for physical release (sex) brings her ashore to World's End, Maine where she spies a cop who she is drawn to. The cop, Caleb, is to Margred the perfect specimen of a man to use for a release.

Caleb is a veteran soldier, he's done years in Iraq where he was injured. Still haunted by dreams of war, he has come back to his home town of World's End to live a quiet life as the towns only law enforcement. On a routine patrol, Caleb comes across a very beautiful and alluring woman, Margred. She wants him to have sex with her and isn't shy about asking for it. Despite her beauty, Caleb is wary of her intentions. They end up leaving each other unfulfilled until the next night when they are drawn back together and act on their attraction.

After she gets her release, Margred leaves Caleb and goes back to the sea. Weeks pass and she's not able to forget her night with Caleb so she ventures back to World's End. Upon arriving she is attacked, her pelt is stolen from her and destroyed. Without their pelt, selkie's are unable to shift to their seal form, this Margred is trapped in human form.

Caleb was left with more questions than he had answers to when Margred deserted him on the beach after an explosive night together. He has written the interlude off as nothing more than a one night stand, but still holds out hope that the mysterious woman will show up again. The mystery woman is brought back into Caleb's life when he saves her from an unknown attacker. Caleb takes Margred in and works her case. While he tries to figure his way through a case with no leads, Margred is stuck in the small sea side town of World's End where she must learn how to live as a human.

They both struggle with the burgeoning feelings they have for each other. Margred because she's not familiar with the strange emotions she feels for Caleb, and Caleb because while he's falling for Margred, he's not completely sure of who she is. While Caleb and Margred are working through feelings there is an evil at play, bent on destroying the innocent, and sure to destroy them both if they don't get to it first.

I really, really enjoyed Sea Witch. Caleb was such a good guy. He was steady and loving, the perfect hero. He cared about his family, which was clearly shown in his interactions with his sister. He's had a lot of ups and downs in life. Being abandoned by his mother at a young age, having his father turn into a drunk, suffering an injury in Iraq that left him with a limp. I rooted for him from the start and just wanted him to have some happiness. Margred is great character as well. She's a free spirit used to living alone, called to the ocean and Caleb at the same time. She struggles with wanting to return to the sea and wanting to remain with Caleb. Both, very believable obstacles that she must face head on to find true happiness.

The world building is both simplistic and intricate. There are no big info dumps to commit to memory, or overcomplicated paranormal elements that leave the reader confused. The paranormal aspects flowed easily into the story. The secondary characters are also weaved in seamlessly. Caleb's sister Lucy, Regina, a single mother and restaurateur, and the towns people all held a place in the story while never becoming overwhelming. There was just enough info given on the characters of Lucy and Regina to pique interest and give the promise for a future story without over doing it.

For anyone looking for a good paranormal romance, I highly recommend Virginia Kantra's Sea Witch. Grade A.



  1. Brie!! Where have you been?!? I missed you! LOL :)

    Okay, I've seen this book at the bookstore and passed it up so many times!! However, I'm going to pick it up next time!! Thanks for the great review!

  2. Hi Nath! I've been around, but in a reading slump. I think I've pulled myself from it though.

    Yes, do give this book a chance. I thought it was a really good change from the most of the paranormal romances out there right now.

    Oh, and I got my book in the mail the other day. Thanks!

  3. Hi Brie, This sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for the great review. I am going to check it out!

  4. Hi, Brie!

    thanks to your great review, I'm really curious about this one so I'll definitely keep an eye out for it. :)

  5. Hi again!! glad that you got the book and I hope you enjoy it more than I did :) I'm going to get Sea Witch today :D

  6. Jill and Wendy, I hope you all give it a go.

    Nath, I hope you like it as much as I did. As far as the paranormals I've read so far this year, this one is the best.

  7. I got it!! I found it at the UBS, yay! :)

  8. Crap I really, really want this one and your review didn't help with the wanting gene I possess. Dang it.

  9. For some reason this book wasn't calling to me. But I've noticed that we have similar tastes in books, so I think I'm going to have to try this one. Thanks for reviewing it.

  10. Sarai, I hope you enjoy it. And you too, Christine, if you decide to take a chance on it!

  11. Great review! I had been wondering about this book. I have read excerpts in a couple of books and was intrigued. Thanks, I will be on the look out for this one. :)