Home From the Sea

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Home From the Sea

An Elemental Masters Novel

“Home From the Sea” by Mercedes Lackey is Book Seven of her ‘Elemental Masters’ series. The intrepid young ladies Nan and Sarah have returned to England from their adventures in Africa, naturally accompanied by their avian friends and mentors, the raven Neville and the African Grey named Grey. They are a bit dispirited by the lack of gainful yet interesting employment open to them because of their gender and are gratified when the Wizard of London, Lord Alderscroft, recruits them to investigate rumors of a new Water Master located in Wales.

Mari Prothero knows that her life with her father is unusual and that it is best to remain discreet about the better standards of living that they enjoy. Her father is extremely effective as a fisherman and seems to be able to return home safely no matter what kind of harsh weather exists. She is astounded to discover that with the advent of her eighteenth birthday, her entire world is about to change radically and all that she has been told about her mother and brother has been wrong. She finally realizes that there is a reason that she sees unusual creatures that nobody else acknowledges but she is also faced with a life-changing decision that will require that she accept a burden that may be too much for her to bear. She will have to quickly learn how to identify her allies and enemies if she is going to survive. The arrival of Nan and Sarah in her remote area of Wales will hopefully improve her chances of seeing another birthday if they can find a way to join their forces.

An enchanting addition to a magical series. The combination of magic and mythical beings with the exploration of issues such as women’s rights and poor conditions for miners form an intriguing story. The imaginative inclusion of the chimerical being known by various monikers including Robin Goodfellow and Puck as well as the remarkably communicative avian companions with their definitive opinions add nice accents to the tale and make this an entertaining read.

Book Blurb for Home From the Sea

New in the extraordinary series hailed as “a true frolic into fantasy” (Fantasy Bookspot) by a “Master Magician.” (Midwest Book Review)

In Edwardian Britain, magic is real. And Masters of the Elements control Fire, Water, Air, and Earth...

Mari Prothero has lived all her life with her father, Daffyd, in a tiny fishing village on the coast of Wales. Though Daffyd takes his boat out on the sea regardless of weather, Mari has learned not to fear for his safety, for her father is a Water mage, and always comes home safely with a large catch. Mari knows that in her family, children are expected to marry at eighteen, to an appropriate stranger. However, Mari is a fledgling Water Master with a rebellious nature. She has no intention of agreeing to any arranged marriage. But Mari has yet to learn the truth of the magical heritage that must be protected by these very marriages. For the Protheros are descended from Selkies—magical beings who are able to change from seals to humans—and to continue her line, she must marry a full-blooded Selkie...

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2012 4.00