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Friday, 8 June 2012

Review of: The Lure of Shapsinay by Krista Holle

The Lure of Shapinsay

Synopsis: Ever since Kait Swanney could remember, the old crones of the village have been warning her to stay away from the selkies. They claim that like sirens of old, the seal men creep from the inky waters, shed their skins, and entice women to their deaths beneath the North Sea. But avoiding an encounter becomes impossible when Kait is spotted at the water’s edge, moments after the murder of a half-selkie infant.

Unexpectedly, Kait is awoken by a beautiful, selkie man seeking revenge. After she declares her innocence, the intruder darts into the night, but not before inadvertently bewitching her with an overpowering lure.

Kait obsesses over a reunion deep beneath the bay and risks her own life to be reunited with her selkie. But when she lands the dangerous lover, the chaos that follows leaves Kait little time to wonder—is it love setting her on fire or has she simply been lured?


Review: Legends of the Selkie vary form place to place but the general form is that they are seal in the water and human on land. They mate and return to the sea by morning, they do not return to the same lover, but can be trapped by hiding their seal skin.
I didn't have much knowledge of the legends other than the basics so i came to this book with completely open eyes, and have to say i for a light romantic read i enjoyed it so much i couldn't put it down. It was read in one sitting late into the night. The author has put a lot of emotion into the storyline and has taken care to think of it from both the womans side as a human and the mans side as the selkie.
Although i half expected some twist at the end of the story what came wasn't it so i was pleasantly surprised.
For a short story i would give this 5/5. Had it been longer then i think the storyline could have got a bit boring. Ending it where the writer did was a good choice.

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