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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
The plot of "The Lure of Shapinsay" by Krista Holle falls heavily on the myth of the selkies. A selkie is a marine creature that looks like a seal but can shed its skin and become human-like. A human male that finds the skin of a female selkie can keep the skin and prevent her from returning to the sea. A male selkie is known for storms, ship wrecks and the need for revenge. They have a way of enchanting or luring women to the sea.
The setting for "The Lure of Shapinsay" is Scotland of 1848, a land filled with mythical tales, or are they? Kait was not the typical Scottish lassie; she could pretend to be sweet, quiet and reserved mimicking the expected demeanor of females. Having been on her own since she was thirteen she was very capable of taking care of herself and putting others in their place. A child was born to her best friend. The child showed signs of the selkie with webbed hands and feet. Horrified, the grandfather took the child from the screaming mother and returned him to the sea. One of the selkies that witnessed the murder was extremely angry at the killing. He had little respect for humans and their ways. When the selkie saw Kait swimming he began to plot his revenge. He noticed her scent even before he entered her bedroom. She opened her eyes to a handsome young man. She knew she should be afraid but instead she only knew she wanted to be with him.
This tale moves along at a steady but slow pace. It reads much like an old fairy tale. Kait is an interesting character and a strong lead. I knew very little of the sealkie legend when I first got started. The author did a great job in re telling the stories of the seal. I also enjoyed watching the relationship between the sealkie and Kait, proving that love transcends relationships. This book has so much to offer; it is filled with the myth of the sealkie, romance of an unusual nature, and the struggle of good vs. evil.