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The Witch Sea
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2013
I downloaded this short story today, and devoured it almost as soon as it had finished loading.

The story centres around Meriel, a witch tasked with guarding the world against a vengeful sea god and his Selkie-like minions. Then one day, thing begin to change when the seal-woman Nor turns up on her island.

It's beautifully written - the loneliness and isolation of the witch is palpable, and the way their interactions unfold is believable and heart-breaking. I will be searching out the author's other work asap.

Don't miss out!
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on 14 December 2012
I'll admit from the way this story was marketed I was expecting erotica but what I got was so much better than that. Meriel and Nor are both rounded, interesting characters and the relationship between them is deeply compelling. The story itself is deep, tragic and very human and I like the questions it raises: the unquestioned expectation that Meriel will reproduce to continue her bloodline for example.

The atmosphere is dream like and slightly Lovecraftian with ancient sea gods, dynastic curses and a town of people shaped from various sea creatures but Meriel's harsh practicality cuts through this and makes it seem totally real. While the term gritty nowadays carries conotations of trying to hard, this is gritty in the best sense. Living in a ruined lighthouse is not romanticised: it's often cold, uncomfortable and cheerless. Nor becomes gradually more human (in the sense that her hands and feet start out not quite right but get better as she spends more time on land). Meriel's ancestors are not wise and benevolent but deeply flawed. Overall I thought this was a great introduction to Diemer's work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2013
The Witch Sea is a short story so it's a fast read and doesn't allow for a huge amount of development, but it's an enjoyable read nevertheless. If you feel like a little witchy escape from the reality of life, I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2013
This book kept me wanting to keep turning the pages, always wondering what was going to happen next. Very good storyline and gripping until the end. A vey enjoyable read.
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on 16 September 2014
This short story was really interesting. I loved the main character. Absolutely awesome world, mythology and character creation. I've already read a few books by Sarah Diemer and have never found her lacking but this book is seriously amazing. I think her best book is The Dark Wife, but that's mainly to do with the fact that I'm obsessed with Greek Mythology. I love the way this author writes and her worlds are amazing. I would love to get a look in her head because she's so imaginitive. Honestly you won't read anything like what she's written
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2013
A beautifully haunting story of lust, desire, need and fairy tale that reached into my soul and made me cry. I would read it again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2013
this wasnt my kind of book to read, i didnt find the story gripping enough. Everyones different and some may love it, but it wastn for me
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2013
a good short story which is atmospheric and a bit of a twist on the usual Witch stories, would like to see more from this author
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on 6 February 2014
This is a short, but well written and entertaining story. Reluctant witches, entrapped and ancient sea-gods, merfolk with a difference and an endearing love all woven with an unusual tale of good vs evil, yet which is which is purposefully blurred.
I’d have liked this to be longer, but a good quick read. I’ll be looking out for more from this author.
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on 12 January 2015
The premise of queer fables is interesting, and this one is well written and crafted. It reminds me of the stories my mother used to tell me of the sea. It could do with a better editor, there are moments that need trimming or enlarging upon, but the writing keeps the story afloat. Well worth a read.
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