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Sea Fever (The Children of the Sea) [Mass Market Paperback]

Virginia Kantra

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up 5 Aug 2008
By sanoe.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed Virginia Kantra's Sea Witch (Children of the Sea, Book 1) so much that I was counting down the days until Sea Fever (Children of the Sea, Book 2) was released and I was not disappointed.

If I were to debate the merits of the two, I could argue that Sea Witch (Children of the Sea, Book 1) had the better mystery, but on the other side, Sea Fever (Children of the Sea, Book 2) has a better romance (and that's saying something because I really enjoyed Caleb and Margred's romance) and better character development because the motivations of the characters felt very real and understandable.

Regina Barrone grew up on World's End. Due to circumstances, she returned to the island to work at her mother's restaurant and make a life for herself and her young son. But as any single parent can tell you, it gets lonely and Regina is no exception to that rule. So on one night, a slightly drunk Regina and not so drunk Dylan hook up.

It was a one night stand that had consequences that goes long past that night.

Dylan Hunter is the older brother of Caleb (Sea Witch's hero). He's also the sibling who pulled the selkie bloodline when he turned 13. As such, his mother and he disappeared into the sea. He's determined to remain a selkie, but his prince, Conn, has ordered him back to World's End, the island of his childhood, to find out why the demon world is interested in the goings on and if it has anything to do with a prophecy that involves Dylan's mother and their bloodline.

Once Dylan returns to the island, he finds himself drawn back to Regina and her life as he finds that Regina may be as much in danger as Margred before her. In spite of himself, he is drawn into the human world that he wants to run from but cannot.

The strength of Sea Fever (Children of the Sea, Book 2) isn't in the paranormal plotline. That's the flavoring, but not the meal of the story. The strength is in the characters. Regina is proud and prickly with every reason to be. Dylan has issues about his mother, his father, and his own identity conflict. Regina's mother Antonia is more strongwilled and stubborn than her daughter. Regina's son, Nick, loves his mother, wouldn't mind a father, but has reservation of his own as Dylan and Regina seem to grow closer. Add to that mix is the tenuous brotherly bonds between Dylan and Caleb as well as Dylan's difficulty in coming to terms with his father and you've got a story that doesn't completely rely on the novelty of the paranormal touches.

In fact, the paranormal touches are almost a distraction. Almost but not quite. Because the world of the selkie, the humans and the demon world are colliding and this installment of the series highlights that conflict that is coming.

What Kantra does well is that she balances the two elements: the characters interaction and the action. In Sea Fever (Children of the Sea, Book 2), the characters drove the action more than the action driving the characters and I really liked that.

Still, there was enough action and intrigue and questions still hanging in the air to set up for the next installment of the series, Sea Lord, which isn't due out until 2009.

As I did with Sea Fever (Children of the Sea, Book 2), I am looking forward to that book and read Lucy's story.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic romantic fantasy 7 Aug 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Regina Barone is lonely. She is a single mom raising her eight years old son Nick while working as a cook at her mom's lobster shack on the Maine barrier island World's End where she was born. She has no personal life at all and no hope for one in the future as she personally understands the name of her home.

While the town celebrates a wedding, a depressed Regina sneaks away to get drunk at the beach; she miserably thinks she has no one to share her bottle with. However that proves wrong because Dylan, brother to the groom police chief Caleb Hunter, is also on the beach getting away from the festivities. His ruler the Selkie Prince sent him here to investigate a demon existence. The human and the Selkie are attracted to one another, but neither see a long term relationship brewing between them until danger makes both reassess their priorities.

This direct sequel to SEA WITCH is a fantastic romantic fantasy as Virginia Kantra enables the readers to look deep into the souls of a lonely single human mom and a Selkie. The story line enables the reader as we did in previous Children of the Sea tales to believe in the existence of Selkie and half-breed Selkie. Fans will enjoy this fine thriller as Selkie are a commitment phobic species as Dylan keeps on reminding himself even while he suffers from SEA FEVER caused by his attraction to a surface dweller.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY SEXY! 10 Feb 2009
By GixxxerKim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was LOVING the supernatural theme in this book. It was extremely well written, and though I don't usually like heroines that are moms already, it wasn't as much of a damper on the book as I thought it would be. The intimate scenes were so erotic, (more so than many of the other novels I've read). The author's usage of explicit language added the right touch to the story and kept me clinging on for more.

I see why this got 5 stars from everyone else. Tender, sincere, and deeply passionate. You will be impressed!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional and engrossing character driven paranormal romance 8 Dec 2008
By Leslie Tramposch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Regina Barone's hopes for finding Mr. Right go out the window as Caleb Hunter, the last eligible single man on the island, ties the knot with island newcomer Margred (Maggie). Judging men had never been her strong suit anyway, accounting for her status as a single mother of five year old Nick. At least Caleb had been pleased with her catering efforts and had given her the rest of the evening off. And so she slips off with a bottle of wine to wallow in her woes, but not for long. Out of the darkness appears a man she'd been two young to remember, Dylan Hunter, Caleb's long lost brother. Beware Regina, for although the sexy newcomer is undoubtedly different from anyone you've ever met, what he is looking for tonight is not commitment.

Dylan Hunter is a man of mystery to be sure. When Alice Hunter (a.k.a. Atargatis) had left her husband along with Caleb and his sister Lucy, she had taken the oldest son Dylan with her. When Dylan has reached puberty at thirteen he'd discovered his parents' secret the hard way. Imagine a teenaged boy suddenly transforming into a creature that he had never even known existed. Shortly thereafter Dylan had discovered his mother's pelt and returned it to her. She had taken him back with her to the sea. Imagine a confused teenaged boy opened up to a whole new world, a world of wonder beneath the waves where he would be immortal and never age. He draws his own conclusions and turns his back on the father he believed had betrayed his mother in the worst possible way.

When Dylan's mother drowns a year later in a fisherman's net, his resentment against the humans builds further. He is then fostered by the selkie prince Conn ap Llyr. Dylan sees the world in black and white. Either you are human or you are selkie. He is selkie; the family he'd left behind was human. He'd not given them much thought since. However, in reality the half breed selkie doesn't completely fit into his adopted world either. His heritage is a little too human for him to be considered for the prince's elite guard, the position he covets most. His selkie magic is weak as well and when he is finally given an important mission it just has to be in World's End, Maine. The peaceful island fishing town where he'd spent his childhood had recently experienced a fire demon attack. Two selkie females had been attacked, one brutally murdered. The other, Margred had been rescued by his brother Caleb and two had fallen madly in love.

Dylan had followed Margred to the island and now chafing in his human wedding attire, he goes in seach of what selkies desire most, sex, and happens upon a lonely and slightly drunk Regina. It doesn't take much of Dylan's considerable seduction capabilities to convince her as Regina has been alone for a very long time, unfortunately neither is thinking of birth control until it's too late. Dylan plans to walk away and not look but then he is assigned the job to discover the reason for the sudden shift in the balance among the elementals and how it relates to the human race. He is also told of a prophesy which claims that a daughter of the line of Atargatis will one day change the balance of power between the forces of good and evil and the destiny of her people. Since Lucy is obviously human (at least that's what everyone believes), the only current possibility would be a female child of Caleb's union with Margred, until he learns that Regina might be pregnant and as the fire demons' focus shifts from Margred to his woman and her young son, Dylan finds himself drawn back into the world of humans not by duty but by love. But is love enough?

As much as I loved SEA WITCH, as with most first books in a series much of the tale was given to setting up the plot. Caleb had not had an easy life to be sure, but for the most part one felt he had his act together. Dylan on the other hand has so many issues to work out. His perception of his parent's marriage, whether true or not (there are some details in SEA FEVER which lead you to believe it was not quite so simple) left him bitter and resentful. Yet there are moments when you feel his wistfulness beneath his carefully laid mask of indifference to the world he left behind. His feelings for Regina, her son, and their future child contrast sharply with his deep love of the sea. But as danger threatens what is his, he finds his true strength and the choice becomes simple. Regina is great as well. She's been rejected in the worst possible way and has picked herself up and gone on with her life. She is a strong woman who loves deeply, enough to let Dylan go if it is what he needs. She never asks him to be anything but what he is and I think this makes it all the easier for him to let the past go and embrace all of what he is. I have no doubt we will see him again in selkie form soon, for although the demons have been thwarted temporarily they are sure to regroup, but I'm equally certain that the prodigal son is back home to stay.

The youngest Hunter sibling, Lucy's, story is next. The prince himself is her romantic interest. We are not yet sure if Dylan's child is female and Margred is pressuring Caleb for a baby as well, but I'm not ready to count Lucy out just yet. Although those who appear to be in the know believe her to be human, I'm not so sure. In SEA WITCH it was revealed that Lucy became violently ill when she traveled any distance from the sea. Hm, and in SEA FEVER Dylan observed that he felt compelled to look away any time he tried to examine his sister closely, as if glamour was being employed. Lucy was a very young infant when her mother took Dylan home to sea. Caleb had left home by the time Lucy reached puberty and their broken hearted father had long since retreated into his bottle. What if Lucy herself had experienced a change she had no way of understanding with no one to explain to her what was happening or why? She hasn't been let in on Margred and Dylan's secrets either so she'd have no way of knowing she was not alone. Why would she tell anyone? An interesting thought, no? I definitely can't wait to find out. In addition to learning Lucy's secrets, and how her romance progresses, I'm looking forward to seeing her estranged family knit itself further together (I'm really looking for them to reel their father back in) and of course to see how the prophesy is fulfilled. In the meantime I highly recommend SEA FEVER for an emotional and engrossing character driven paranormal romance and sequel to the equally fascinating plot driven SEA WITCH. I hope Ms. Kantra keeps mixing it up, I am seriously enjoying this series. All I can say is wow! Look for SEA LORD in 2009. ~ reviewed for PNR Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story 14 Jan 2014
By Natalie A. G. Weissman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this novel in the series. The Characters were well written and the story had a great plot. It kept my interest and was very interesting
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