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by Lackey, Mercedes.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Lackey, Mercedes. Elemental masters: bk. 7.; DAW book collectors: no. 1588.Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Daw Books, c2012Description: 311 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780756407278 (hardcover) :; 0756407273 (hardcover) :.Title notes: $25.95 8-2012 (db)Subject(s): Selkies -- Fiction | Magic -- Fiction | Arranged marriage -- Fiction | London (England) -- Fiction | Shapeshifting -- Fiction | Fathers and daughters -- Fiction | Human-animal communication -- Fiction | Human-animal relationships -- Fiction | Cats -- Fiction | Telepathy -- Fiction | Ballet dancers -- Fiction | Paranormal fiction | Fantasy fiction | Adventure fiction | Science fictionSummary: Fledgling Water Master Mari Prothero rebels against her expected arranged marriage at age eighteen until she learns that her family's magical heritage is actually protected by these unions. This story combines East of the Sun and West of the Moon, as well as Tam Lin, with the Selkie of Sul Skerry. We'll see Nan and Sarah (from Wizard of London) as adults, coming into their own, and Grey and Neville, of course!
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The seventh novel in Mercedes Lackey's magical Elemental Masters series reimagines the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon in a richly-detailed alternate Victorian England <br> <br> For as long as she could remember, Mari Prothero had seen things--things that shouldn't, that couldn't be real: tiny manlike creatures that were mischievous and wore only seaweed, and beings that spoke to her kindly, but seemed to be made of water. Mari had grown up in tiny Welsh fishing village where she lived alone with her father, Daffyd, a master fisherman--her mother and brother having drowned when she was a child. Mari had long ago given up trying to talk to her father about the creatures she saw.<br> <br> But on the morning of her eighteenth birthday, her father finally told her the great secret of the Prothero family. Her family had an ancient covenant with magical shape-shifters, the Selch, who were half-human, half-seal people. Her lost mother and brother were not truly dead, but neither were they human. Now Mari must abide by her family's magical compact, or face dire consequences.<br> <br> But Mari was not without protectors. The tiny creatures she had seen her whole life counseled her to bargain with the Selch. While in faraway London, Lord Alderscroft, head of the Elemental Masters, was aware that a powerful but untrained Water Master on the far coast of Wales was being threatened by some of the Elemental Elder Spirits, and he had dispatched some very unique champions to come to Mari's aid....

$25.95 8-2012 (db)

Fledgling Water Master Mari Prothero rebels against her expected arranged marriage at age eighteen until she learns that her family's magical heritage is actually protected by these unions. This story combines East of the Sun and West of the Moon, as well as Tam Lin, with the Selkie of Sul Skerry. We'll see Nan and Sarah (from Wizard of London) as adults, coming into their own, and Grey and Neville, of course!

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Living with her father Daffyd in a cottage on the coast of Wales, Mari Prothero knows of the magic that protects her father as he goes to sea in all sorts of weather. When she grows older, she learns of the family pact with the selkies-or "Selchs"-that requires her to marry one of the sea creatures and give at least one of her children back to the sea. Mari insists on choosing her mate, and so three young males and a teacher to school her in her own magic come to stay long enough for her to make up her mind. The latest entry (after Unnatural Issue) in Lackey's popular series explores the nature of water and its inherent power as well as the Celtic legend of the selkie, while adding a meddlesome constable from London and a pair of young English women sent from London's White Lodge, home to those who use magic in the service of good. VERDICT Lighter in tone with more emphasis on romance than some of the previous titles, this fairy-tale homage offers a variant view on the usually tragic love between humans and selkies, and should attract both series fans and Lackey's sizable following. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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