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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425226883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425226889
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Award-winning author P. C. Cast is a dynamic, entertaining orator and an extraordinary teacher. Currently, her realm is in Oklahoma, where she resides with her spoiled cat, Patchy Poo the Pud, and her stubborn Scottie dogs, better known as The Snotties.

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P.C. Cast was born in Watseka, Illinois, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. Since her tour in the USAF, she has been speaking and teaching professionally.

Ms. Cast is an award winning fantasy and paranormal romance author. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers' Best, and the Laurel Wreath.

Ms. Cast writes the popular Goddess Summoning Series for Berkley Publishing. The forth book in the series, GODDESS OF THE ROSE, A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast, is a Feburary 2006 release.

In December 2004, LUNA (Harlequin's single title fantasy imprint for women) released ELPHAME'S CHOICE, the first of five epic fantasy novels set in the world of Cast's popular first book, GODDESS BY MISTAKE. BRIGHID'S QUEST was her December 2005 release, with two more installments in the world of Partholon scheduled for release in 2006 - including a special LUNA edition of GODDESS BY MISTAKE, under the new title DIVINE BY MISTAKE, and it's never before published sequel, DIVINE BY CHOICE, which will be available December 2006.

P.C. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker. If your organization is interested in information about her workshops or presentations, please contact her publicist, Sherry Rowland of Siren Promotions at 918-625-6526 or LSHERRYR@aol.com.

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Loved the romance and fantasy.
The characters are well developed and PC Cast does a great job enabiling the reader to understand the deep romance and love that evolves.
First off, I LOVED this book, and finished within 24hours of starting- LITERALLY!
BeBe Jones

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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on February 7, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Christine Canady "CC" is an Air Force Sergeant, who is about to be sent on a 6-month tour of duty to the Middle East. It is the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday and even her only living relatives, mom and dad, have forgotten the day. So feeling a bit sorry for herself she celebrates alone consuming a couple bottles of champagne which culminated in a bit of a silly, or so she thought, dance on her balcony to the earth goddess and wishing for a bit of `magic' in her life!
Soon, she found herself on a C-130 trying to forget how much she hated flying, especially over water...when naturally, the military plane goes down. Harrowing as the crash is, it is even worse as she feels herself being dragged down and knowing she is about to die. But opening her eyes, she discovers herself looking into the face of a most beautiful mermaid and finds she is not only still alive but breathing under water as well. After a brief explanation and agreeing to the mermaid's wishes to become human, she finds her soul switched over into the voluptuous mermaid Undine and discovering that the year and location is 1014 in the waters surrounding ancient Wales. Furthermore, all is not magical, when she finds herself being pursued and almost raped by the royal merman, Sarpedon.
Gaea, Goddess of the Earth, (Undine's birth mother) who was instrumental in granting CC this `magic' in her life, comes to her aid, and grants CC legs to return to land with the stipulation that she must return every third night to the sea, else she'd die - UNLESS - she could find a man to truly love her for herself. Whipping up a storm and a story to explain her presence on land, CC is rescued in the water (she's not a good swimmer as a human) by, Dylan, another handsome merman, and brought close to shore.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on December 15, 2003
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Christine Canady "CC" was an Air Force Sergeant. Forgotten on her twenty-fifth birthday, even by her parents, she wished for a little magic in her life. Shortly afterward, her military plane crashed into the ocean. Near death, CC thought she was hallucinating when a beautiful mermaid appeared and offered to swap bodies with her.
CC awakened to find herself in the time of Ancient Wales, where magic could still be found, and CC quickly learned that she had a royal merman, Sarpedon, determined to wed her against her will. Gaea, Goddess of Earth (and Undine's mother), granted CC legs to go ashore, but she must return to the sea every third night or die.
With one crazy merman in the sea, another handsome merman in the sea, a Knight courting her on land, and a shady abbot who was always nearby, CC/Undine had troubles galore!
**** If you do not believe in magic, stay away from this novel. But for those of us who do believe, or want to be convinced that magic does exist, here is the novel for you! Written like a fairy tale for adults, this book is perfect to cuddle up with on long chilly nights or days you may be snowed in. It will whisk you away to a warm tropical island. Wonderful light reading.
Reviewed by Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Kylin N. on December 29, 2008
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As a caveat: I want to point out that this book came extreeeeemely highly recommended, and sometimes one is the hardest on the books for which the highest expectations are harbored. With that said, on to the review:

"Goddess of the Sea" was a big bundle of unfulfilled promise. Here's what I liked:

The Main Characters - CC was self-reliant and relatively clever. Dylan was sweet and charming. Usually, if the protags are in place, well-drawn, and likeable, I'm able to push through even clunky writing and derive some sort of enjoyment from the book.

...That's about it.

I found the rest of the book poorly plotted, poorly paced, and poorly anchored in its setting. It took place on a random island with a sketchily drawn monastery, a stereotypically beefy, sexist knight, and a scheming clergyman. All of the secondary characters (with the possible exception of Gaea) were flat, flat, flat and served as nothing but levers designed to thrust the heroine into the arms of her sexy merman.

The sudden attitude change of all of the women on the island was twee and cutesy and reeked of modern feminism with a hint of "Ancient Female Mysteries." (**Waggles fingers mystically**) Listen - I'm 100% a feminist, and my censure of the way this was handled in the book is certainly not a reflection of my feelings towards feminism at all. No, my objection is to the clumsy, ham-fisted way PC Cast handled it. How on earth do you go from, "OMG, you're evil because you want to take your shirt off when you bathe" to "Let's all get drunk together in your bedroom and talk about relationships?"

Additionally, CC - who's been sensible the entire length of the book - suddenly makes a series of terrible decisions that are so out of character it's laughable.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Soltoff on December 9, 2004
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Some people found the humor to be lacking in this book. Well, I certainly found enough to laugh at. The magic ritual she uses that sets everything in motion? Hilarious. And I must admit this is the first romance novel I've read with [wancking] within the first few chapters and attempted incestuous fish rape as a plot device for keeping two lovers apart. I nearly put this book down when I realized that Cast was consistently misspelling "Sarge"! "Sarg" is not the accepted spelling of the informal address for a sergeant. I don't know how this slipped past her editor. And there's no explanation for how CC can understand the speech of eleventh-century Wales and how they understand her. The syntax and diction of CC's dialogue changes for the most part, but she gets away with more modern idioms than she deserves.

Ms. Cast introduced some interesting ideas that she just never came back to. As my friends and I discussed, the idea that after this goddess-summoning ritual she suddenly becomes this sexy creature that men are suddenly noticing? Much better premise for a book. Also, we got to see what happened to CC in Undine's body, but we never saw what happened to Undine while she was in CC's. There are so many themes about identity and beauty raised by the plot that Cast just never addresses.

The attraction between CC and a minor character, Sean, would have been a much better direction to take this book than where she ended up. Compared with Sean, Dylan is not a very good romance genre hero.

The attraction between the CC and Dylan was supposed to be as soulmates but all Cast showed was a superficial lust.
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