Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Book review: The Selkie Enchantress - by Sophie Moss

If you’ve read my review of “The Selkie Spell” you already know how much I enjoyed this book and the writing by this new author I’ve recently discovered. When I bought “The Selkie Enchantress”, book number 2 in The Selkie Trilogy, I was pretty sure I’d end up liking this one too. Well, it turns out I loved this book even more than the first one and I gave it 5 well deserved stars on Goodreads and Amazon.

In the first book the two main characters, Tara and Dominic fell in love and their romance was very passionate, sudden and intense; in this one the romance between Liam and Caitlin was way sweeter, something that bloomed years before, when they were still teenagers but it somehow ended and only friendship remained. Until Tara and Dominic’s wedding, when they rediscover their feelings and decide to give it a try again. But if you think their newfound relationship is a bed of roses, well you’re wrong. They'll have to earn their happy ending!

The book opens with Liam coming home to Caitlin for their first date, but who does he meet on the ferry home? A Selkie who wants to steal him away from Caitlin and his family, of course! Travelling with her young son, Nuala pretends to be a song writer from Limerick who’s coming to Seal Island on a short getaway, but things get complicated even before they manage to set foot on Seal Island. Magic blends into reality, myth and past mix with present as the lives of the peaceful islanders are turned upside-down by the newcomer’s and her son’s presence. Unexpected twists and revelations will keep you on the edge of your seat, making it impossible to stop reading (make sure you’ve stocked up on water and food before you start reading); sweet romance and heart-warming scenes will make your heart melt. As you reach the end and you think you had it all figured out, another twist will make your jaw drop, while a cliffhanger ending will make you start counting the days till the release of the next book.

All the characters from The Selkie Spell are back, so you’ll get to read more about Tara and Dominic, about Kelsey, and about Sam and Glenna too (who’ll be the stars in the next and last book of the trilogy, "The Selkie Sourceress").

I loved this book and I felt very close to both Caitlin and Liam; I found myself more than once wishing I were in Caitlin’s shoes because Liam is definitely my kind of man – sorry, Dominic, you’ve been replaced by your little brother! All through the book I felt as if I were living on Seal Island, I could almost hear the waves crashing and smell the sea air, I could feel the pain and fear Caitlin was feeling.

This author has a great ability to depict the characters’ feelings and emotions, as well as to describe the setting and making you actually see it and feel it. Okay, maybe it’s because I’m Ireland-holic so the setting has a special meaning to me and is particularly close to my heart, but I know I will be reading these books again some time in the near future, whenever I feel a little nostalgia creeping up and I need to be in Ireland for a while, if only in a daydream.

But you don’t need to be Ireland-holic to love these books, especially this one. If you’re looking for a sweet romance, a strong storyline, suspense, angst and a little magic, then this is the book you should be reading.

Have you read “The Selkie Enchantress” already? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought of it.