New in the extraordinary series hailed as “a true frolic into fantasy” (Fantasy Bookspot) by a “Master Magician" (Midwest Book Review).
In Edwardian Britain, magic is real. And Masters of the Elements control Fire, Water, Air, and Earth.... Mari Prothero has lived all her life with her father, Daffyd, in a tiny fishing village on the coast of Wales. Though Daffyd takes his boat out on the sea regardless of weather, Mari has learned not to fear for his safety, for her father is a Water mage, and always comes home safely with a large catch. Mari knows that, in her family, children are expected to marry at 18, to an appropriate stranger. However, Mari is a fledgling Water Master with a rebellious nature. She has no intention of agreeing to any arranged marriage. But Mari has yet to learn the truth of the magical heritage that must be protected by these very marriages. For the Protheros are descended from Selkies - magical beings who are able to change from seals to humans - and to continue her line, she must marry a full-blooded Selkie....
©2012 Mercedes Lackey (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I couldn't put the book down, the story had me captivated throughout. From start to finish the book is a sweetly woven work that all Lackey fans should enjoy. The narrator did a fine job as well.
4.5-5 stars, but really, only because it's Mercedes Lackey, who is my ultimate comfort food novelist. While there was a great deal of STORY, there really wasn't any conflict until the last quarter or so, and the Big Bad Guy(s) was fairly non-fleshed out. Wasn't really a complex story, but it was, as I said, comfort food fluff, and I'll be reading it again. Of course. If you're new to ML, I wouldn't start with this book, as it doesn't show the awesomeness that is Misty, but then, if you're new to an author, you shouldn't be starting at book EIGHT of a series.
The story is not so well woven as some of the others in this series, but it is a good addition since it introduces the water masters. I loved the Selkies and the description of live at the Welsh seashore.
In my opinion, the background stories of the English/Welsh conflict, the coal mining and the constable did more to hinder than bring action to the lovely story about out-witting a generation old bargain .
What I loved especially: that this story again linked into older ones (Wizard of London). It is always fun to meet characters again: Yay Puck!
I have enjoyed Ms. Lackey's books for many years. This was as good (great) as the other books with the added surprise of her referrals to another favorite character Amelia Peabody. Since I have read all those books as well, this made Home From The Sea all the more fun. Thanks for a great read.
Lackey has once again written a very believable and gripping Elemental Masters book. Her use of prior characters as grown women and her introduction of new characters keep the story both feeling like an old friend and giving us new friends as well. Use of the Selk stories and myth give the story an old world flavor while contrasting it against the "modern" London and UK of turn of the century England.
I was glad to see she did not create a new occult boogeyman/nemesis, but instead allowed the complications in the story to be created by greedy, suspicious humans and jealous, power hungry Selks. A refreshing and different change from her previous books with their good vs evil themes and this time allowing a believable and creative solution to the problems the new Elemental Master faced.
Well done and as satisfying as usual.
I was astounded by Kate Reading's performance of both female and male characters with Scottish, Engish and Welsh accents. It improved my understanding and set the mood so wonderfully. Just incredible.
Another wonderful , light, easy read / listen. "Home From the Sea" is a continuation of " Wizard of London" which introduced the characters of Nan and Sara, and I'm happy that Ms. Lackey has continued their story. For some reason, Michell Ford (one of my favorites) did not repeat her role as narrator. But, don't sweat it... Kate Reading is a total pro and delivers a very enjoyable narrative, which, considering the Welsh being thrown around, had to have been very challenging. She pulls it off without a hitch.
Recommended for all of you who like this genre.
Yes. For the sheer pleasure of re-experiencing the setting and characters.
When the constable arrived in the village.
I couldn't begin to pick just one!
Yes. I laughed out loud several times.
I like the idea behind the story, it was just too wordy.
Pobably not. I don't think her writing style suits me.
She was okay for this story. She has a good british accent but the scottish and welsh accents were not as good as other readers.
No. I couldn't wait for the story to end and sequals are rarely better than the first.
For all the parents out there. This is a safe book for young adults. If you don't mind the idea of a 18 yr old marrying and having children in a time where girls married young. There are no graphic scenes for adolecents.
My biggest problem with the story was that the author took the reader from one place to another for long periods of time. I didn't want my story split between the primary and secondary characters quite so much. It's a given that there will be background on other characters to set the story up, but there was so much that I got bored and half of my attention was on the story, while the other half was doing something else in hopes of get through the scenes until the good parts.
I chose to start with this book in the series because it had the best rating of all in the series. And it did well as an independent read. However, in my openion the book was okay...so the others I won't even attempt, especially if they are rated overall lower than this one. I wish I would have looked at goodreads before purchasing this one. I'm sure any spoilers would have given me the plot (not a whole lot there) without the time and credit wasted.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the early books of the Elemental Master series and looked forward to another installment. I felt that this book dragged on, largely avoided any actual addressing of the magic that Mari was learning and had a lackluster series of antagonists. I just seemed like Mercedes Lackey, who I generally enjoy, called it in.
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