Home From the Sea

Home From the Sea

Book - 2012
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The seventh novel in Mercedes Lackey's magical Elemental Masters series reimagines the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon in a richly-detailed alternate Victorian England

For as long as she could remember, Mari Prothero had seen things--things that shouldn't, that couldn't be real: tiny manlike creatures that were mischievous and wore only seaweed, and beings that spoke to her kindly, but seemed to be made of water. Mari had grown up in tiny Welsh fishing village where she lived alone with her father, Daffyd, a master fisherman--her mother and brother having drowned when she was a child. Mari had long ago given up trying to talk to her father about the creatures she saw.

But on the morning of her eighteenth birthday, her father finally told her the great secret of the Prothero family. Her family had an ancient covenant with magical shape-shifters, the Selch, who were half-human, half-seal people. Her lost mother and brother were not truly dead, but neither were they human. Now Mari must abide by her family's magical compact, or face dire consequences.

But Mari was not without protectors. The tiny creatures she had seen her whole life counseled her to bargain with the Selch. While in faraway London, Lord Alderscroft, head of the Elemental Masters, was aware that a powerful but untrained Water Master on the far coast of Wales was being threatened by some of the Elemental Elder Spirits, and he had dispatched some very unique champions to come to Mari's aid....
Publisher: New York : Daw Books c2012.
ISBN: 9780756407278
Branch Call Number: FIC Lacke
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 24 cm.


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Aug 25, 2012

World-building aside, this novel is somewhat dull and flat. I was disappointed and hope Ms. Lackey rediscovers her stride soon.

Jul 22, 2012

Very enjoyable. Loved seeing the returning characters Sarah and Nan coming into their own as young ladies and the new Water master Mari is fantastic too.

Expect cameo's from a few old friends and an enemy from the mundane world.

Jul 22, 2012

This was a great book! Although this is the latest in a series, characters from earlier books rarely have more than a cameo. This novel, however, centered on three ladies, two of whom were featured in an earlier book! I liked the continuity!

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