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Home from the Sea (Elemental Masters #8)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  2,675 ratings  ·  260 reviews
Mari Prothero turns sixteen, and learns the family fishing luck depends on each generation marrying a sea-dweller, but she demands her choice of suitors and a teacher from the sea ruler. In London, the stuffy official magicians send a pair of friends to seek the new water mage, little knowing the three girls would become best friends.
Hardcover, Daw, 311 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Penguin (first published January 1st 2012)
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Lackey's gotten fairly formulaic at this point, especially with her retellings of fairy tales in Victorian settings. But that's not necessarily a terrible thing. While there's nothing here that will surprise you, for those who like her warm, slightly angsty characters and well-earned happily-ever-afters, this is as familiar and comforting as a cup of cocoa.

Mari is pleasant enough, and has enough backbone to get a few good jabs in. Meanwhile, it's nice to see Sarah and Nan grown up and on their o
Shiloh (Fantastic Reading)
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2.5 stars

In the newest Elemental Masters novel, Mari Prothero learns that her father's preternatural fishing and sailing abilities aren't just skill; long ago her family made a pact with the Selchs, a type of Selkie, and in order to keep the pact, Mari must marry a Selch, have children, and give her husband and one child back to the sea. But what nobody counted on was Mari's abilities as a Water master and her genuine affection for the man she marries.

Anyone w
Angela Delgado
Contains mild spoilers
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Mari is a Welsh fisherman's daughter who discovers on her 18th birthday that she is obligated to marry a 'Selch' (selkie) as part of a generations-long bargain between her family and the seal clan. At the same time, she learns that the fantastic sprites she's been seeing her whole life are actually indicative of her growing potential as a Water Master. Nan and Sarah (repeat characters who debuted in The Wizard of London) are sent by Lord Alderscroft
Not one of her best. I usually really like this series, but the dramatic tension wasn't there this time. The two 'villans' come across as petulant little boys. They can cause a great deal of trouble, but they hardly seem to know why they're doing it. The first 75% of the book is full of daily life. Another reviewer her compared it to Little Women, which I think is absolutely fair. It's Little Women with magic, which is neat, just not what I thought I was getting. So, I'm not sorry I read it, but ...more
This book could have greatly benefited from an editor, and I'm surprised to find myself saying that given how long Mercedes Lackey has been a big name in the fantasy genre. At some points she had characters discussing knowledge that they couldn't possibly know, and she also gave the same information to the reader several times as though she had forgotten what she had written a few chapters ago. I generally don't make a big point of noticing or commenting on the crafting of a story, but in this c ...more
Jen A.
Jul 09, 2012 Jen A. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
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I think this may well become my favourite of the "Elemental Masters" series.

Unlike most of the other books in the series, in this the conflicts are relatively small, domestic affairs. The bad guys have mildly sensible reasons for their behaviour, and are not yet more "hurt people for power" types, which is a great relief.

It's also something of a sequel to "The Wizard of London", and it's nice to meet the grown-up Sarah and Nan.

Then there's the domestic minutiae that the author does so well, and
Too much rehashing of past scenes between Nan and Sarah from The Wizard of London. The villain(s) felt half-baked and other parts of the story felt rushed, but if you're looking for a quick read this book is alright.
Deborah Ideiosepius
Three stars because I enjoyed it, if I was doing a literary critique it would have got two.

I liked the main character ‘Mari’ and her father, I liked the fact it was set in Wales. I suspect that a lot of research went into this book and I think a fair bit of the detail of the life of a fisherman in a small Welsh Fishing town was true – it was certainly very interesting as were the train trips around Britain.

I am fond of the elemental series, I think I have read them all so far but in this book th
I couldn't put this down! Oh, by now I have the general format of the books in this series. But nonetheless, the suspense of how they got there was driving me nuts! Mari is the daughter of a Welsh fisherman and content enough with her life. However, she finally discovers what had really happened to her mother. Her mother had to go back to her Selkie tribe with one of the two children. Mari was supposed to be the one to go with her mother but at the last minute the clan chieftain said he wanted t ...more
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Jul 28, 2012 Brittney rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Maybe 1 or 2 friends. Maybe.
Shelves: fantasy
When I read the description for this book, I was intrigued. Unfortunately, all Home From the Sea was is a disappointment. To start off with, Daffyd is not a Water Master. He isn't even much more than a side character used at first to explain why Mari has to marry at 18, and later as a reason for Nan, Sarah & Puck to cause mischief to the constable.

Mari had a vague notion that she would marry when she was 18, but that was no different than the other young women of her small town. It wasn't u
Even though I give this book 5 stars, its faults should be addressed:

Mercedes Lackey is definitely past her prime. Nevertheless, I read her books religiously anyway because they're enjoyable, and her truly *wonderful* works in the past still deserve some respect by recognizing her mediocre works of the present.

The villains of Home From the Sea were never fleshed out. To the point that you weren't even sure they *were* villains until late in the game, when you realized that the lack of emotional
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This is an excellent Mercedes Lackey story, and I'm giving it five stars even though I know that if someone else had written it I'd give it only four. What can I say? I'm well aware of Lackey's faults, but she's given me a lot of pleasure over the years (I've read all the books she's written herself and most of the ones she co-authored with other people) and I tend to judge her work by a separate set of standards. I know that's not fair. If you really can't be doing with a book where the two bad ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Claire rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I enjoy the Elemental Masters series in general, but let's be honest: Mari Prothero did not need any help from Lord A. While I will admit that I would have questioned why nobody in London was concerned about an unknown Water Master on the Welsh coast, I probably wouldn't have missed Nan and Sarah at all in this book if their section had been left out. I don't say this often, but I believe this book would have benefited from being longer. Mari, Daffyd, and the Selch are interesting characters, an ...more
This is the latest installment to Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Mages series, and it's a real doozy, full of fascinating information on the folklore and mythology of Wales. The story takes place somewhere around the same time as Downton Abbey, I'd say about 1910, which gives it a bit of steampunkish flavor that I enjoyed. I also always love hearing about how the elemental mages come into their power and how they wield it. It always takes me aback, however, that Lackey seems to be firmly in the sch ...more
Confusing and disjointed, Home From The Sea is a rather disappointing addition to the Elemental Masters series. A fusion of old fairy tale lore and fantasy introduces us to a young Welsh lass, Mari Prothero. As the usual strand of these tales go, she find herself to be half Selkie and bound to marry a Selkie husband to satisfy an old family promise.

The premise isn't original, but done well with a strong female lead. What doesn't work with the novel is the strange entwining with the two young Eng
Rereading Phoenix and Ashes and subsequently talking about the Elemental Masters series with Kate has inspired me to go back and read the books that I have missed in the series.

With this one, I was very happy that I did.

This is the 8th book in the series, so if you're reading this review, I have to assume that you've read at least one book in the series so far. Therefore, I feel no need to spoiler tag this review.

The book focuses on Mari, a young woman living on the Welsh coast with her father.
What I didn't realize from the cover copy is that Home from the Sea actually has two main plotlines. The first is that of Mari, who has grown up in a small fishing village, and finds that she has Water Magic, but also that her family has made a deal with the Selch (rather like selkies). I enjoyed this story rather a lot (but I did feel that the final confrontation was rather disappointing).

But the other plotline is about Nan and Sarah, who have psychic powers and were introduced in an earlier b
Zahra Jasmin
Despite the scathing reviews by others, this is actually one of my favourites of the series. Mari does not grate on my nerves so much as many of the other Elemental Masters heroine and the romance is actually done properly this time, compared to how clumsily it is handled in other series. There is actual chronological order to the storytelling, which is a nice change from The Wizard of London (which acts as sort of a prequel to this book) where I don't have to wade through copious amount of text ...more
"Home From The Sea" tells the story of Mari Prothero, who lives with her fisherman father on the Welsh coast. Whilst an elemental masters novel, her mastering of her recently discovered element is not the focus of this novel. Instead, on turning 18 she learns about her family's heritage and ancient pact, and subsequently her role within it, which forms the basis of the story. We are re-introduced to Sarah and Grey, Nan and Neville: familiar faces from one of Lackey's earlier stories ("the Wizar ...more
This was the book that made me stop liking Mercedes Lackey.

I'd initially loved the Elemental Masters series. It's nice to see female protagonists, and the Victorian/turn of the century was initially refreshing. But the books have been getting exponentially more . . . lazy and awful.

There were maybe three chapters of actual content in Home From the Sea, spread rice paper thin between all the pages of the book. Until the last chapter or so, Lackey somehow managed to instantly diffuse any dramatic
May 22, 2014 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lackey fans and fantasy & strong female readers
Recommended to June by: Joan?
Nan & Sarah & their birds are back. They are requested by Lord Alderscroft to investigate a powerful new water mage in Wales. As Mauri realizes her power, she also discovers that she is a pawn in a magical compact and she is required to marry a Selch. However, none of these women are ones to take their fates lying down and between the 3 of them there is guaranteed adventure.
Teresa Carrigan
While it is certainly interesting to see more of Sarah and Nan (now graduated from Harton School) the story just seems to limp. The villains were more like a couple of bullies with too much power than real adversaries. I did enjoy some of the scenes but it felt as if the book were written as a juvenile, only with adults (well 18 yo) as the main characters.

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Home from the Sea by Mercedes Lackey was a pretty enjoyable, fluffy fantasy romance. Set in coastal Wales, it combines the story of Tam Lin with selkie myths. Mari Prothero is a young woman who lives with her father, Daffyd, an unusually lucky fisherman. On her sixteenth birthday, Mari learns, to her great dismay, that she has been promised as a bride to one of the Selch, the seal-skinned people of the sea. This bargain has been in place for generations of the Prothero family; they inject their ...more
Ergh, why does it feel more and more like Misty is just phoning these in? A great premise and two (no, wait, actually four) of my favorite characters from this universe (Sarah Jane and her parrot Grey and Nan with her raven Neville) didn't manage to save this one. I would much rather have read about Sarah and Nan's adventures in Africa myself.
Virginia B. Silverstein
I love this series.

Home from the Sea lives up to the high standard set by the previous books in the Elemental Masters series. The fairy tale aspects are less familiar than Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty, but the background details (such as the differences between the Scottish selkies and the Welsh selch) are painlessly supplied in the course of the story. I enjoyed re-meeting characters from previous books in the series, such as Nan and Sarah - now grown up and polished - in the new context. The
Renee Faller
I've seen a lot of reviews commenting on the lack of excitement, thrill, and plot in this book. I don't think this matters much with this book to be honest. It doesn't always have to be super exciting or one scene of unabashed excitement after another. Not all fairy tales are like that. There isn't always a dragon guarding the tower for a knight to battle. Sometimes it is just winning a battle of wits against an imp who, when beaten, stomps his foot and disappears with a *pop*.

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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &a ...more
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