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Home from the Sea

(Elemental Masters #7)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  4,233 ratings  ·  330 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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Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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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
Sep 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jun 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 100-in-2012, audio
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
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Deborah Ideiosepius
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jen A.
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
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Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jun 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, 2010s
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L.S. Popovich
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, 2019, american, fantasy
Of course I read this without knowing it was part of a series, and not the first part, and of course I haven't read the others.

Nonetheless, it was a quaint study of characters, which shows that Lackey can write traditional courting tales, and put twists on fae myths and delicate forms of fantasy. It was not an action-packed story, but it didn't need to be. Curiously, this is the second Lackey audiobook I've listened to, and the second in which there is a production of Midsummer Night's Dream. P
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 until
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Finally I am able to go back and read this one. For a while, I had left this world because it was just *meh*. After reading a few of the more current ones, I had to dive back and see what I missed. I am glad I went back and found this one. I loved it. Of course, I am totally biased because it is water based. I loved the water shifters in this story, the selkies. I enjoyed the fairy tale romance for Mari as she needs to fulfill an ancient bargain.

The way this ties into the elemental masters work
Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it
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
The main character of this instalment is Mari Prothero, who lives with her father, Daffyd, in a tiny fishing village on the coast of Wales. Daffyd is a fisherman, who calm or storm, always returns with a full catch. On her 18th birthday Mari learns the reason for her father's luck and of the bargain made by the Prothero family with the Selkies. Meanwhile in London Nan and Sarah are despatched to Wales to investigate the presence of a new Water Mage.

I read this alongside the audio edition as I ha
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quite enjoyed this entry in the Elemental Masters series, mostly because Nan and Sarah had major roles. This one seemed to be based on a combination of the stories of "The Seal Wife" and "The Judgement of Paris".

I am finding though, that reading them backwards that some of the earlier ones aren't as good as the later ones. Apart from Nan and Sarah (and Puck), I didn't much care for the characters. The constable just seemed like a badly drawn plot device who served no discernible role in the stor
Teresa Carrigan
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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.

Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tale, fantasy
Actually improves on a re-read. The first time I was annoyed by the story flitting away from Mari to |Nan & Sarah. This time I don't mind the digressions. Would probably be better if I'd read other books in the series where they appear.
A sweet tale of magic in Wales with a slow pace and no dark villainy.
Katie Whitt
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great entry in the series, and I loved the nod to Elizabeth Peters legendary Amelia Peabody!
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good tale

I loved this one. Very good story, moved right along, good character development with the new protagonists. And nice to have nan and Sarah and their wonderful birds in another tale. Well worth the read.
Fawkes Phoenix
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mari Prethero is a water master who has never been trained and thinks she's going mad. That is until her father tells her of the selchi bargain she I bound to fulfill.

I liked this different perspective. Mari is not the typical elemental master. She is not surrounded by other masters and trained thoroughly from a young age. We have always heard tell that some untrained mages can go mad and its interesting to have a character that has this issue.

I also appreciate this romance a bit more than in
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mythology
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Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book just wasn't as rich as the others in this series. The major villain showed up on page 250 out of 310 (or thereabouts). It wasn't that you weren't expecting said person to be the villain, but it read more like a chinsy book, which is not Lackey's style at all. All the other books of this series had felt sumptuous and lovely--like a fudge dessert after nothing but dry meat for weeks.

I believe the major difference was that unlike in her other books, this one did not include a POV from th
Jun 17, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a real mixed bag for me. First off, loved seeing Sarah and Nan again, but their story wasn't great and I would have expected more interesting and independent things out of them. Mari was also interesting but while we start everything from her viewpoint, we eventually lose it entirely until the end, and that just didn't make her overly interesting.

At the beginning, Sarah and Nan also comment about a remarkable family of archaeologists and the woman - Sitt Hakim - who carried a spectacul
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Having enjoyed the Elemental Masters series thus far. I enjoyed this one as well, though I was also a bit disappointed.

I was happy that the author didn't go for the oft-used Earth/Water or Fire/Air coupling that she has used in more than half the books of this series. You can see she is trying to do something new here, and I won't say too much as I don't want to spoiler this part. However I do wish that Mari had a different name. We already have a Water Master named Marina (Gates of Sleep) so it
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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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 & M ...more

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