Castle and Well: Selkies' Skins, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Selkies are Scottish seal people, and are considered magical shapeshifting creatures, able to interbreed with humans. Spoken of in many old stories, the females are said to make caring wives, and the men to be charming and good lovers. If their skin is captured, they will remain on land, though more is heard about women being captured than the men. If they find their stolen skin, they will return to the sea and any mate or family therein, though remaining nearby to watch over their land-children.
What happens though, if a Selkie never manages to reclaim her skin before her death, and so remains with her children? What happens if her family is a magical one, and her subspecies had been created by the cooperation of sister water goddesses? Further, what if the drive to return to the sea remains strong in the offspring, and as servants of these goddesses, provide their care despite being disliked and untrusted by both full blooded Selkies and humans when found out.
We come then to modern times. First a fishing family, favored then by fortune and Marsali's magic, the Makay clan grew to a merchant family that went on grand voyages for the good of the Magical Community. Few now remain, and those are now waterwitches, primarily interested in tending duties set by deities that few believe actually exist, and the health of the waters both locally and planet wide.
Kirsty has little choice in her fate, only how it will manifest. There are tests to pass, a place that she may have to occupy prematurely if her visions prove true, and a need to earn her sealskin to be complete. Will Etain return safe to port, and will Kirsty survive her training and test? There are complications along the way, will she be able to stay on the course she's trying to set? In this first book of what is intended to be a trilogy Kirsty must ultimately go down the Lady's well for the first of her tests of fitness, while also having to balance school, family, and a certain young.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 46 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||October 07 2014|
|Publisher||THG StarDragon Publishing|
Top reviews from other countries
For though creeds whirl away in dust,
Faith fails and men forget,
These aged gods of fright and lust
Cling to life yet.
Old gods almost dead, malign,
Starved of their ancient dues,
Incense and fruit, fire, blood and wine
And an unclean muse.
Banished to woods and a sickly moon,
Shrunk to mere bogey things,
Who spoke with thunder once at noon
To prostrate kings.
I enjoy the way Ms Garcia has breathed life into these aged gods of fright and lust, and brought them into modern times, where they are confronted by the excesses of humanity:- pollution of the oceans, oil drilling platforms, overfishing, etc.
I also enjoy the way she has taken the folk tales of the Gaelic heartland, where I had the good fortune to be born, and has spun a very engaging story of Selkies, Kelpies, Water Imps, and a host of other mythical creatures which were believed to inhabit this ancient land.
Of course nobody believes in that sort of thing nowadays. At least not in the well-lit towns and villages of the Celtic lands. But when you're camping out in the hinterland, and the only light you can see is from the stars, well somehow it doesn't seem quite so fanciful then.
Like all good fantasy, "Selkies" has one foot in reality and the other in folk-lore, and a third - this is fantasy, remember - firmly planted in the elements.
I look forward to the next book in the Selkies series.