- Series: Selkies' Skins
- Paperback: 420 pages
- Publisher: THG StarDragon Publishing (March 27, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615947743
- ISBN-13: 978-0615947747
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,469,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Selkies' Skins: Castle and Well (Volume 1) Paperback – March 27, 2014
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About the Author
Teresa Garcia (once Teresa Huddleston-Garcia) is a 30-something mother of two children with special needs, raising them "alone" in the small mountain town of McCloud, CA. Just because she is on her own though, does not mean that she is "alone." Many thanks are due to the McCloud Community Resource Center, to her brother and his family, and her mother, for all their help. When not drowning in university coursework for her International Relations degree, and chained to the computer, she loves to text role play with her long distance mate Vadise, write stories, hike, paint, meditate, and play games or read with her kids. She also writes quests for, and helps to maintain, the online browser-based RPG Dragon Hearts. She was raised in another mountain community, which she visits as often as she can spare time and gas, though not nearly often enough for her wishes. Her parents always encouraged her writing and artistic talents. In 2005, she decided to pick up the dream of writing and publishing a novel once more, having shelved that (and the "Shadow Chronicles" manuscript) in her early college years due to the time constraints of motherhood at the time. In 2006 she released to the public her first novel in the "Dragon Shaman" series, "Taming the Blowing Wind," and has since published a second book in the series and a poetry book. She likes to deal with multicultural themes because of her own background. Currently Teresa has several manuscripts to work on, such as her "Dragon Shaman" series of novels and her current favorite serialized story, "Selkies' Skins." Teresa writes short stories for children in the Adventures of Lightning the Cat series. Her other titles are intended for more advanced readers.
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“It couldn’t have been a well spirit giving birth to a spring stuck the wrong way, or something else equally land bound...” Her gaze went to the vial of water clamped where she could check it near the helm, eyes widening as it began to glow a vivid blue. “At least I’m getting closer...”
Suddenly, something tingled at the edges of her senses. A chill ran down her spine, and the amulet hanging around her neck began to heat up, waking after several years of sleep."
I love the idea of selkies and have since I was a little girl, so I was excited to see a book that contained a selkie heroine. There are a LOT of magical elements in this book, and some of it feels very heavily dependent on the reader's familiarity with the Harry Potter series, which is what this world's magical enterprises are structured after (this includes "messenger" owls, a ministry of magic, and a school for young fledgling magic users). There is a lovely haunted old castle that serves as the wizarding school for these children, and the story mostly follows the protagonist Kirsty, a half-selkie who desperately wants to learn how to do potions.However, the tale is broken into three "sections" that read a bit more like independent novellas, but give a nice little view into this world.
Garcia clearly did some studying into magical creatures, and was very nearly as inclusive as you can get. There are a whole range of merfolk (that honestly I don't read about very often, which was refreshing), werewolves, selkies, and other wonderful magical beasts and creatures that are sure to have any child's head swimming with delight. The story was interesting, but kind of stagnant in some places, and there were a lot of characters to keep track of. Sometimes it simply became a bit much to deal with, especially in portions where there are several people, all at once (like the scene when Kirsty is tending to several creatures' wounds at the same time... I got a little lost.)
Overall, however, it was a fun read, and if you're looking to get lost in a Harry Potter-styled magic world with plenty of elements of danger and wonder, then you will enjoy this book.
The story mostly follows Kirsty and her magical studies (including merstudies) at a haunted castle that serves as a wizard school, and Etain as she does Mara's bidding. I liked Kirsty (and looooved that she can shapeshift into a cat!), but found some of the wizard school stuff a bit derivative. However, I'm sure younger Harry Potter fans will find the tropes familiar and comfortable.
Where Garcia really shines are the depictions of nautical life and all of the water beings. I felt like I was sailing on ships, swimming with merfolk (there are a lot of different kinds!), and strapping on my seal skin.
The book's glossary is beautiful and reflects the complexity of the watery realms it explores. Overall, this book is a fun, imaginative read.