|Immortal Sea focuses on the elemental folklore based on Celtic legends. It is part of a series, and while I was able to follow the plot as a stand-alone book, it did not live up to what I had hoped it would be.
The book first explains that back before time when the elements came to be they formed
the children of the sea, the children of the fire, the children of the earth, and the children of the sky. They had all lived in balance, but when humankind was born the elementals
retreated, except for the children of fire. Over the years, the children of fire rebelled
and grew in strength. The children of the sea, however, the merfolk (selkie and finfolk),
weakened in numbers and their association with humankind became unavoidable, in
order to survive.
Elizabeth Ramsey is 22 years old and is taking a last chance break in Copenhagen before
the rigorous start of medical school. She finds herself in the alley behind a nightclub
surrounded by three questionable men. Liz tries to walk away, but the men follow her
and force her to stop. As she gears up to defend herself, darkness churns around her and
attacks the three men.
Morgan Bressay is finfolk and warden of the northern seas. He does not usually interfere
with the human world, but feels the fight is unfair, so he steps in to help. Liz is
gracious and while she doesn’t know Morgan, feels she can trust him. Liz asks Morgan
to walk her to a more crowded area of town so she can find her way back to her hotel
safely. Morgan reluctantly agrees and while they are walking, Morgan senses Liz’s
sexual attraction to him. He leads her to a closed off citadel where they give into the
attraction and make love. Liz doesn’t even know Morgan and her behavior is way out of
the norm, but she has never felt so free and so full.
Fast forward 16 years later and Liz is now a widowed doctor with two children, Zack
age 15 and Emily age 7. They have just moved to World’s End, Maine in an attempt
to start over. Zack has been getting into a lot of trouble and they are all still mournful
of their husband and father’s death just three years prior. Morgan also finds himself in
World’s End, forced to accompany the sea lord, Conn, to the baptism of his consort’s
niece. Morgan starts to realize that a closer alliance with humankind, as some merfolk
have already done, may ensure their survival.
While outside the church, Morgan watches as a scrawny teenager is approached by
some local boys who start bullying him. He fights back and Morgan notices that the
teenager has more strength than one would expect. When Liz drives by and stops
to pick up her son Zack, Morgan remembers Liz and their night together 16 years
ago. He suddenly realizes that Zack may be his son.
Morgan is determined to find out if Zack has the gift of the finfolk and he is determined to be a part of Zack’s life in order to do that. Liz does not want Morgan to enter their life, but her elemental attraction to him is undeniable.
Immortal Sea starts off strong and develops the plot well, but half way
through the book the story line weakens and it took a lot of effort to finish this book.
Liz’s character was believable, but Morgan’s character didn’t quite make sense in the
relationship and even though there was a happy ending, I was not convinced there was
The children of fire join the plot and are supposed to add the suspense elements, but it
didn’t feel there was any anticipation or tension in the story. The secondary characters
have a story line of their own, and while the book didn’t go into detail, it was a challenge
to keep track of them. This may be where the previous books of the series would have
been important to know.
I did like the style of the writing in that the author had frequent breaks in the book, which
would change the point of view. Even if the story was in the middle of a scene, it would
switch the viewpoint to give another character’s perspective.
If you’re invested in the series, you would perhaps enjoy Immortal Sea book, but I just wasn’t able to feel dedicated through the entire book.