Selkies are Scottish seal people, and are considered magical shapeshifting creatures, able to interbreed with humans. Spoken of in many old stories, the females are said to make caring wives, and the men to be charming and good lovers. If their skin is captured, they will remain on land, though more is heard about women being captured than the men. If they find their stoleSelkies are Scottish seal people, and are considered magical shapeshifting creatures, able to interbreed with humans. Spoken of in many old stories, the females are said to make caring wives, and the men to be charming and good lovers. If their skin is captured, they will remain on land, though more is heard about women being captured than the men. If they find their stolen skin, they will return to the sea and any mate or family therein, though remaining nearby to watch over their land-children.What happens though, if a Selkie never manages to reclaim her skin before her death, and so remains with her children? What happens if her family is a magical one, and her subspecies had been created by the cooperation of sister water goddesses? Let's add in that the fisherman who captured her possessed magic of his own. Further, what if the drive to return to the sea remains strong in the offspring of these two, and as servants of these goddesses, provide their care despite being disliked and untrusted by both full blooded Selkies and humans when found out.We come then to modern times. First a fishing family, favored then by fortune and Marsali's magic, the Makay clan grew to a merchant family that went on grand voyages for the good of the Magical Community. Few now remain, and those are now waterwitches, primarily interested in tending duties set by deities that few believe actually exist, and the health of the waters both locally and planet wide.Kirsty has little choice in her fate, only how it will manifest. There are tests to pass, a place that she may have to occupy prematurely if her visions prove true, and a need to earn her sealskin to be complete. Will Etain return safe to port, and will Kirsty survive her training and test?Originally this was intended to be one book, but may end up becoming a series. The first book is planned to go to print and ebook in late December of 2013 or early January 2014. There will be separate covers for the separate editions (regular ebook, print, and illuminated edition). Currently it is being serialized as a webnovel, although readers can expect slight changes and likely expansions in the print and ebook versions.The webnovel is available for sampling at http://teresagarciaserials.weebly.com... but be warned that scenes may be either added or deleted for the print/ebook. An official sample will be uploaded here once the manuscript is through a second pass of editing rounds.Current editor: Faith Lindgren-Brown (and we all hope that we don't lose her during the writing process)Ebook Cover: Teresa Garcia and Athena Garcia (current cover is a concept cover)Print Cover: Samantha BuckleyIlluminated Edition Cover: Marantha D. Jenelle...
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selkies skins Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Kirsty is a half-blood selkie. Selkies are related to mermaids and are basically humanoids who take the form of seals. Kirsty and her parents are also wizards. Her father, Finnol has a rather mundane sounding job, but he actually helps out with oil spills and prevents Cowans (normal humans) from discovering merfolk. Etain, Kirsty's mom, is a priestess of the sea goddess Mara and has exciting adventures aboard her ensorcelled ship, the Sea Witch. The story mostly follows Kirsty and her magical studies (including merstudies) at a castle that serves as a wizard school, and Etain as she does Mara's bidding. I liked Kirsty, but found some of the wizard school stuff a bit derivative. However, I imagine younger Harry Potter fans will find the tropes familiar and comfortable. Where Garcia really shines are the depictions of nautical life and everything water- related. I felt like I was sailing on ships, swimming with the merfolk (there are lots of different kinds!) and strapping on my seal skin.The book's glossary is beautiful and reflects the complexity of the watery realms it explores. Overall, this book is a fun, imaginative read!
Reading this book reminded me of a poem called "Outlaws" by Robert Graves:-For though creeds whirl away in dust, Faith fails and men forget, These aged gods of fright and lust Cling to life yet. Old gods almost dead, malign, Starved of their ancient dues, Incense and fruit, fire, blood and wine And an unclean muse. Banished to woods and a sickly moon, Shrunk to mere bogey things, Who spoke with thunder once at noon To prostrate kings.I enjoy the way Ms Garcia has breathed life into these aged gods of fright and lust, and brought them into modern times, where they are confronted by the excesses of humanity:- pollution of the oceans, oil drilling platforms, overfishing, etc.I also enjoy the way she has taken the folk tales of the Gaelic heartland, where I had the good fortune to be born, and has spun a very engaging story of Selkies, Kelpies, Water Imps, and a host of other mythical creatures which were believed to inhabit this ancient land. Of course nobody believes in that sort of thing nowadays. At least not in the well-lit towns and villages of the Celtic lands. But when you're camping out in the hinterland, and the only light you can see is from the stars, well somehow it doesn't seem quite so fanciful then.Like all good fantasy, "Selkies" has one foot in reality and the other in folk-lore, and a third - this is fantasy, remember - firmly planted in the elements. I look forward to the next book in the Selkies series.
Kirstie is part human and part Selkie who can also shape shift into a white cat. She and her family which is part of the magical community help protect the seas and oceans with the help of gods and goddesses of the seas. This book is about the last year of Kirstie's life at the school before she has her trials. And there is evil lurking as well.This story is much like Harry Potter except it's of Celtic origin and of the sea-faring folk. I very much like the Celtic flavor of stories and the myths behind it all. In a sense, it's much better than Potter since there is the myth element.I can't wait for the second book to come out and see what happens to Kirstie. I got this book from Story Cartel in exchange for my review.
This books is like the Mists of Avalon meets Harry Potter which is amazing. But it is three books in one and I absolutely loved the first, but lost interest in the second. The third caught me again but not as much as the first. If this were released as three separate novellas, with less grammar errors, it would be one of my favs, but it is a good one time read.