The Selkie Spell

Romance - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
296 Pages
Reviewed on 06/17/2013
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Author Biography

Sophie Moss is an award-winning author of four full-length romance novels. Known for her captivating Irish fantasy romances and heartwarming contemporary romances with realistic characters and unique island settings, her books have appeared twice in USA Today. As a former journalist, Sophie has been writing professionally for over ten years. She currently lives in San Diego, California, where she's working on her next novel. When she's not writing, she's walking the beach, testing out a new dessert recipe, or fiddling in her garden. Sophie loves to hear from readers. Email her at or visit her website to sign up for her newsletter.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite

Both a mysterious and cryptic tale about legends coming true, "The Selkie Spell" by Sophie Moss was a great break from reality. Told in alternating perspectives, it gives a glimpse into the rich mythological history of Ireland through a modern day lens. If you thought "Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty" had it tough, wait until you hear the legend of the Selkies of Seal Island. When a man steals the pelt of an Irish Selkie, or seal maiden, he has power over her for the rest of her life! "The Selkie Spell" delves into this myth head first, and tracks down a small town full of really big characters who all live and work together to form a real community. Even newcomer Tara finds a place within the town, healing her soul and her spirit from a dark past. However, her past may soon come back to haunt her. She struggles to discover her heritage among the people of Seal Island, all the while building a family and a romance that allows her to withstand the demons that come back to haunt her.

This book was a hauntingly beautiful mythological adaptation. I am a huge fan of myths being brought to modern times, and "The Selkie Spell" has been one of the best I have read. Though the pacing is a bit odd the plot seems to plod along as the romance burst out of nowhere. I found myself captivated by the beautiful scenery and enjoying the heartbreaking but moving story that drove the novel. A very enjoyable book for those who love thrillers, romance, history and drama!