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Sea Witch (Children of the Sea #1)

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,500 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
First in the new The Children of the Sea series from the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR.

For years, Margred has gone without the touch of another. Now, her need has driven her beyond her world to sate her desire. For she is a Selkie-a legendary being of the sea, able to shapeshift into seductive human form. Finally, she has found the one man she wants…

From the land… A burned
ebook, 231 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Berkley
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*2.5 Stars*

I found this book pretty frustrating. The world idea was interesting, and I wanted to like it just for that--I mean, come on, selkies!--but I found the world building thin and the romance even thinner.

One of my largest problems with this book was the hero, Caleb. He played the role usually reserved for super irritating females that are sweeter than pie and perfect. He was the quintessential martyr throughout the book. He never got truly angry with the heroine (and she did some pretty
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
Dec 28, 2010 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* by: new_user
3.5 Stars

The first line of this book was: "IF SHE DIDN'T HAVE SEX WITH SOMETHING SOON, she would burst out of her skin." Well, this certainly made for a saucy start! LOL

I’ll keep this short. This was a fast read. I liked it, but can't say that I loved it, hence, the 3.5 Stars. Thanks for the reco, though, NU!

Margred is a selkie, a child of the sea. Her mate had died long ago. One day, in frisky frustration, she goes to land in search of sex. She comes ashore and takes human form on a beach on t
Julie (jjmachshev)
Something a little different for the paranormal romance scene. "Sea Witch" by Virginia Kantra serves up a helping of nasty demons and sexy selkies. This is book one of her new 'Children of the Sea' series and it was certainly worth the read.

He's a wounded hero (YAY!) returned from Iraq with a bum leg and PTSD. Now Caleb works as the police chief on the small, quiet island where he was raised. Life has a slower pace and he's recovering, getting stronger and better. Although there's not much night
Laura the Highland Hussy
I liked this book, but I kept getting irritated with Maggie for not telling Cal what she really was. After he saved her from the demon and her pelt had been burned, she lived with him for weeks before telling. That is the only reason for 4 stars instead of 5. I love the idea of this series, I love the characters who were introduced, and I think the demons (children of fire) will be back in the next few books.
Quick summary:
Caleb is an Iraqi war vet who came home to a small island in New England t
First book in the Sea series.

I really loved the character of Caleb Hunter. Burned out veteran of the big city streets and disabled war Veteran. He's human and has desires that he thinks he will never find in his hometown on a coastal Maine island. But he's also a fighter. He's mentally tough and even though somewhat limited physically, he doesn't let that stop him.

I had a harder time warming up to Margred (or Maggie as Caleb called her), and I'm still not sure I did at that. Margred is a selkie
Aug 04, 2008 Terra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra is absolutely delicious. A magical mystical romance with a paranormal element that I haven't read before. Caught in the novel's web from page one I just could not put this book down. Oh my, oh my so yummy!

Margred is breathtakingly beautiful with long dark hair, ivory skin and large brown bottomless eyes that drink in every little thing. She is a selkie! Human on land, seal by sea. Mortal on land, Immortal by sea. A creature of the earth with water as her element.

Sophie Renwick
I loved the premise of this series, and the world building. It was really well done and so smoothly written. I also liked that it was a small island community and that the people we meet in Sea Witch will have a place in the next two books. For me, however, Caleb was a bit too beta for my taste, and Margred, the heroine wasn't my cuppa. I had a hard time relating to her and too many times I felt she was selfish and it turned me off, despite the fact the author set up her personality well and tie ...more
2.5 stars. Rounded up for Goodreads, mostly because I love selkie lore, and because some of the world building was mildly intriguing.

Sea Witch is a lackluster paranormal romance which starts out moderately interesting but becomes less and less so as it progresses. The main characters are both likable but rather bland, especially the hero. The heroine at least starts out feeling a bit unique, but she becomes more annoying (and more like every other heroine I've ever read about) the longer she han
Jun 09, 2009 Adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a nice::enjoyable::read:: i liked it enough that i shall read the rest of the series::
caleb is war vet (iraq)::is phsyically scarred has PTSD and has issues from his childhood::actually if he asked me for a date i wouldn't turn him down he's a nice kind guy who just wants/needs to be made whole again ::margred is a selkie::and has come from the sea for a specific purpose::but something is out to get her....::the story is one of finding trust/love and understanding::calebs past is bought
Ronda  Tutt
This was a great adult romance. The writer captures the true emotions and feelings of the characters. I love the adult content, the eplicit sex was very beautiful and made me want more as it carried on. I couldn't put the book down and read it in one day. I couldn't wait to but the next book.
Sep 30, 2012 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this story, which I thought was well written and interesting. I felt as though the author knows more about the world she described than what she told us here, which apparently was a Hemingway technique, and one which I find makes a work of fiction more believable.
Vanessa theJeepDiva
3 1/2 Stars

Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Berkley
ISBN13: 9780425221990
Series: Children of the Sea #1
3 Stars, 3 Flames

Margred is a selkie. She has left the sea to find an eagerly willing and fulfilling sexual partner. The only thing she is seeking as she walks Worlds End beach on a late May night is orgasm. What she finds is a handsome cop out on patrol who would rather get to know her and have more than a quick release with her. There is a very sweet romance here.
Feb 07, 2009 Rhianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Margred, a lust-driven Selkie, seeks a human's touch upon land, the last thing she anticipates is becoming trapped in her human form. Caleb Hunter is a man with a past and then some. A veteran of the war in Iraq he has returned to Maine injured both physically and emotionally. Returning to his childhood home on the Maine island of World's End life is simpler, quieter. Until Magred shows up and seduces him with her exotic beauty and mysterious manner. She promises to return to him knowing fu ...more
Oct 16, 2013 Ana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 20, 2011 Wan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mermaids-selkies
This is a solid 4 stars for me. I really like it and think it’s a good start for a promising series. Don’t know why but I can’t help myself compare this book to the Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast. I definitely like this one much better.

This is a quick read for me. Though, I didn’t really like the opening of the book but the book was interesting enough to keep me reading (particularly 1st chapter - the “horny” selkie part was almost a turn off). But I do like Maggie character. Her honesty (cough
Feb 25, 2010 Anita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mermaid fans
I don't know why this book didn't appeal to me, but I set it down after 45 pages and just didn't want to pick it up again. Something about the writing style didn't work for me - it wasn't bad writing, it just didn't grab me and hold my attention. I got a bleak vibe from the beginning of the book - that really bad things have happened and would happen again. I guess it was a bit too dark for me to work as a romance. (paranormal romance, by the way, about selkies) But I only read the first 45 page ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Annett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wellentraum war für mich das erste Buch, in dem Selkies eine der Hauptrollen spielen. Ich wusste nicht wirklich worauf ich mich hier einlasse, nur dass es sich um recht freizügige Wesen handelt. Ich hatte jedoch nicht damit gerechnet, dass ich gleich auf den ersten Seiten erfahren würde, wie freizügig Selkies tatsächlich sind. Es ist amüsant zu lesen, gerade da die Selkie Margred auf den Polizisten Caleb trifft und so komplett gegensätzliche Ansätze aufeinander prallen.

Der Schreibstil ist locker
This book is light on world-building and character development. The story premise has promise and I found the main characters interesting, but neither was fleshed out. The writing is good, but somewhat bland. It lacks energy. The villain was one of the best characters and perhaps the most well-rounded. I've been told the later books in this series are better, so I might go on to book two someday. With a little more spark in the writing, this series could be very entertaining.
Feb 07, 2014 Shellan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Wellentraum" ist der Auftaktroman zu Virginia Kantras Trilogie "Children of the Sea".

Das Cover ist wunderhübsch. Es ist blau und zeigt eine Frau in einem tollen Kleid die im Wasser zu schweben scheint.

Wir haben zwei Protagonisten in diesem Roman.
Zum einen ist das Caleb. Er ist Polizist und leidet ein bisschen unter Verfolgungswahn. Gleichzeitig ist er unheimlich fürsorglich und mutig und kümmert sich gerne um alles. Er hat ein wahnsinns Verantwortungsbewusstsein.
Margred ist eine Selkie - sie ko
Stacey Jeffreys
This was my first mermaid book. I liked it but did not love it. I am stuck now having to decide if I want to continue with the series or move on to something else.

This is definitely not a young adult book. There is sex but it is loving. Perhaps that is my biggest beef and why I didn't "love" this book. It was mostly about a relationship that just happened to take place between a human and a mermaid/selkie. There really weren't a lot of supernatural events taking place.

There are a lot of possibil

Sweet read. Of course the hero needs/wants to save the girl. The girl tells some of the truth but leaves some of it out. Girl frustrates hero. Caleb and Maggie are a sweet couple. He was trying find peace and quite. Maggie was looking for a good time. Well Maggie got hers. Caleb not so much. This read was passionate, had a hint of danger, and made me shed a tear at one point. Can't wait to read about Dylan.
Dorothea Müller
Feb 10, 2015 Dorothea Müller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margred ist eine Selkie, eine Gestaltwandlerin, deren Zuhause das Meer ist. Doch die Sehnsucht nach einem menschlichen Liebhaber treibt sie eines Nachts an Land, wo sie dem Polizisten Caleb begegnet. Was als flüchtige Affäre beginnt, wird bald viel mehr, denn Margred verliebt sich. Aber wie kann sie einen Menschen lieben, wenn sie dafür ihre wahre Natur verleugnen muss?

Der Anfang war etwas komisch. Doch dann wurde es interessant und faszinerend. Die Geschichte nimmt ihren Lauf und man lernt alle
Sep 05, 2012 Magda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Didn't realize this was a Romance Book when I got it, so there were plenty of eye-rolling, skip-this-bit-again parts. The underlying story is that of a selkie and a man, which is, obviously, romantic, but here the selkie falls for the man... which is just kinda weird in a traditional selkie tale, which this almost attempts to be.
This was a fantastic book. Perfect mix of romance and paranormal adventure, with a lush setting, fully realized characters and an exciting plot. Couldn't put it down until I'd finished it, and can't wait to read the next two!
Maybe cause it was an earlier kindle book but formatting seemed weird - the changing pov with no indication
Brittany Perry
Jun 07, 2014 Brittany Perry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elements of danger, romance, and a very blunt style. I loved it. I was amazed by the creativity of the author and how she wove the story of two very different beings however I was a bit disappointed that the selkie decided to give up immortality. Immortality is what human beings are fascinated by. The fountain of youth, vampires, and of course Hollywood's obsession with staying young,are all examples of this. We women buy hair dye, facial creams, and do other extremes to remain youthful looking ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
I really can't do pnr anymore. It just does not work for me
Niki Hawkes
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It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a good old paranormal romance, but after reading several rather depressing dystopians and post-apocalyptic novels, it was just what the doctor ordered: something lighthearted.

I don’t usually read romances for epic world building or complex plot lines, but rather for the mindless entertainment that I let take me where it will. I guess it’s safe to say I go in with low expectations. It sounds horrible, but
May 23, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 23, 2013 Marie-Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margred ist ein Selkie, ein Wesen der Meere. Nie verbringt sie mit einem menschlichen Geliebten mehr als eine Nacht, stillt sie doch nach dem Tod ihres Gefährten nur noch ihre Sehnsucht. Aber dann begegnet sie dem Polizisten Caleb Hunter, der in einem kleinen Küstenort Zuflucht vor den quälenden Erinnerungen seiner Vergangenheit gesucht hat. Margred teilt mit ihm eine leidenschaftliche Liebesnacht und kehrt danach zurück ins Meer. Aber diesen einen Mann kann sie nicht so einfach vergessen. Ihre ...more
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New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra has written over twenty-five books of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance. She is the winner of numerous writing awards, including Romance Writers of America's RITA Award and two National Readers' Choice Awards. Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of three kids, she is a firm believer in the strength of fa ...more
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