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Goddess of the Sea (Goddess Summoning, Book 1) Paperback – October 7, 2008
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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.Read more ›
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.
"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.Read more ›
So many things struck me as wrong. What intro to anthropology *textbook* has 'plug-n-play* generic how-to New Age Goddess rituals? Wouldn't an anthro textbook have accounts written by observers in the field of how women/men in the Wherever tribe honored their ancestors and protective gods, *not* 'priestess says...' stuff?
And why does such an educated woman talk like a teenaged girl swooning over Justin Beiber?
I may not be military, but even I know that people who aren't particularly enchanted with their service don't shuck off their *uniforms* at the end of the day and drop them on the floor like they're cheap off the rack corp wear. And just because she's not a combatant doesn't mean she should be a total incompetent at stuff even a teenaged girl could do to defend herself in a cat fight behind the gym.
Don't even get me started on the high school level of idiocy aboard the cargo plane.
I've heard such good things about this author. I really hope this was a (pardon the pun) fluke. This *thing* is going to the used bookstore, with my apologies.
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This was the first book I ever read by P.C. Cast and I fell in love. The Goddess Summoning Series is one of my all time favorites! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
it's a good easy read, can put down and pick up later without missing a beat....Published 1 month ago by Liz
I loved this book. It left me in a puddle of tears. Love that never dies is pretty hard to capture on paper and she does it beautifully. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Natalie
With the twists and turns the novel takes, in my opinion, this story is quite interesting indeed! I laughed. I cried. It was just a wonderful novel. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Catherine