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Book Critique – Shifting Sea (Children of the Sea #3.5)

For review of all books in this anthology: Go here.

Stars: 3 / 5

My Recommendation: A short and sweet novella, filled with love, romance and redeeming souls, that is quick to read and yet leaves you thirsty for more.

Shifting Sea the third novella in the Burning Up anthology by Virginia Kantra first published in August of 2010 and later republished in February of 2014. Virginia has her book along-side three other authors - Nalini Singh, Angela Knight and Meljean Brook - in this anthology. This also forms the novella in the Children of the Sea series by Virginia.

The plot is set in 1813 Scotland between Major John Harris - a human soldier - and Morwenna - a finfolk and one of the Children of the Sea.

Major John "Jack" Harris returns to Arden Hall after the war, a place that became his inheritance after the last resident dies. But to his surprise he meets Morwenna, enchanted by her and gets head over heels in love with her with their first meeting of bodies. Yet, Morwenna doesn’t accept his marriage proposal. What is the big secret that she hides? Will Jack be able to chip her ice and warm her into not just his bed, but his life too.

Jack is as much charismatic as Morwenna is mysterious. He is loyal with a moral code while she is fluid in her emotions with him. Virginia made each the exact half of the other pulling them together no matter how much they resist. A net was spun over them, it was only a matter of time before they would fall in it. 

Virginia created a beautiful fantasy world filled with glimpses of Children of the Sea. It not only charmed me as a reader but also created more interest in her series. Sweet and poignant love story between humans and the finfolk weaved in with the fight the finfolk has against their other elementals.

A short and sweet novella, filled with love, romance and redeeming souls, that is quick to read and yet leaves you thirsty for more. Perhaps I will pick her books sometime.

Spoiler Alerts:

1. Plot Reveals:

a. Children of the Sea were created when God brought the waters of the world into being. They are finfolk, merfolk and selkie.

2. Sub-Plots: 

a. Morwenna has a twin brother Morgan.

b. Morgan seemed to have a past with a human woman.

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