Sea Witch by V. Kantra

Sea Witch by Virgina Kantra is the first book I have read that has focused on shifters from the sea, or Selkies.

Margred is a Selkie—a legendary being of the sea, able to shapeshift into seductive human form. And she has found a human she desires…

Burned out from the big city, Caleb Hunter becomes police chief on the peaceful Maine island of World’s End. Then he meets a woman who’s everything he’s ever dreamed of…

Their passion is undeniable, irresistible—and it may change the fate of humankind.

I thought Sea Witch was well written and the characters were interesting.

I loved the development of Margred.  She was a self centered bitch when she was introduced and her growth throughout the story was pretty significant in that she ended up falling in love. That completely changed my view of her. Overall her progress throughout the book was really a delight to read.

Ahh Caleb.  To be honest, I envisioned him as an OLD man, what with all of the description of scars and battle wounds Kantra had given him. That sort of threw me off a bit in the beginning, trying to picture this couple in my head.  That doesn’t mean he wasn’t likable, indeed he was very likable and he is the kind of loyal man that I like to read about.

I really wish there could have been more of Dylan, especially the relationship building with him and Caleb, considering the correlation between the two, so I hope in Sea Fever my wish is granted.

One thing that got me was the pelt idea. I get that each writer wants to have something in a story that makes them stand out, so that it’s not some copy and paste from the other shifter stories out there, but this pelt thing really made no sense to me.  I couldn’t get an idea of what it looked like, how big it was, how did they use it, etc.  It just seemed really odd and unbelievable to me. I kept wondering if it would look like a shawl or a poncho or some other sort of cape like item, and no matter which I would imagine the idea of the pelts seemed so damn odd that I just didn’t like it.

When I read the first sentence of Sea Witch, I actually groaned out loud. I thought to myself lord not another sex riddled book with no plot. Really.  But to my delight Sea Witch got better after the first few chapters, where you actually found out there was a real plot to it.  While there was one, I do feel like it could have had more substance to it. I enjoyed the story, but there could have been more information about this war between the demons and the children of the sea. In the least, just more about the demons in general. It seemed to have come out of nowhere when she was attacked and her friend (well sorta friend) was killed.  It was like…why? What’s the motive? I just didn’t really get enough information about this threat.  Dylan and the court he speaks of sounded interesting but there was so little information about that, that it was highly annoying. I was like wait, what?

Overall, I enjoyed Sea Witch, but there were so many things I wanted answers to that I didn’t get that I feel should have been included, especially being the first book in a series. I am hoping Sea Fever will answer these questions and then some!

Read Order:
Sea Crossing in the anthology Shifter
Sea Witch
Sea Fever
Sea Lord
Shifting Sea in the anthology Burning Up
Immortal Sea (September 2010)

Also reviewed by:
Dear Author
Flight into Fantasy
Errant Dreams Reviews
Musings of a Bibliophile


  1. This series is in my TBR stack I just havent got around to it. I might have to move it up the stack a little. I look forward to reading it more since your review. Thanks.

  2. I loved this book. You’re right, she was a bitch at first, but what she REALLY was, was a wild creature without human sensitivity or any sense of being part of the human world. As to the pelt, from what I understand that’s in selkie lore, but that bothered me, too.

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