19 November 2008

REVIEW: MELANIE JACKSON - THE SELKIE

Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Love Spell (February 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0505525313
ISBN-13: 978-0505525314


Summary:
From the Deepest Ocean

While the technology of the war to end all wars had changed the face of Europe, some things stayed the same; the tempestuous Scottish coast and the surrounding sea remained a place of unfathomable magic and mystery. Sequestered at Fintry Castle by the whim of her mistress, Hexy Garrow spared seven tears for her past -- all of which were taken by the waves.

Came the Deepest Love

Joining the water those tears completed a ritual, and that ritual summoned a king. He came for Hexy -- and for something Hexy didn't know she had stolen. He was a man of myth, whose eyes held the dark secrets of the sea, whose silken touch was the caress of the tide, and whose nature went against all Hexy had held to be true. And he'd come not to collect her for the ocean, but for himself.

Review:

The legend of the Selkie is intriguing and whispers of long forgotten magic, the very thought of such a Selkie man wets my appetite for this story. Starting in this novel I immediately was taken to a time period that was unusual for me and couldn’t get into the story as I thought I did. I read the pages but couldn’t get a feel for the characters, all the individual aspects of this novel appealed to me but just missed the factor that binds it all together and lifts it up to a reading experience which I crave so much.

Having said this I must say that the legend on its own of the Selkie was a tremendous asset to this story, I could feel the research that the author had done on the subject. Hexy and Ruairidh are endearing together and the Scottish brogue of Ruairidh adds a authentic feel to the character, though they interested me again I have to say I couldn’t relate to them as a hero and heroine of an epic love. Because of all these bumps in the road of the storytelling it was my stubbornness as a reader that gotten me through to the end.

Melanie Jackson missed the boat on this one with me.

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