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Home From the Sea (Elemental Masters Series #8)
     

Home From the Sea (Elemental Masters Series #8)

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by Mercedes Lackey
 

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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

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

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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

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.
 
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.
 
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....

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Mari Prohero has a serious dilemma: As a fledgling Water Master, she is expected to agree to an arranged marriage when she reaches the age of eighteen; but like any other self-respecting teenage mage, she rebels at the very idea. However, things become more complicated when she learns that she is descended from Selkies, magical beings who are able to transform themselves from seals to humans—and then things get even more knotty when she encounters two female allies. The seventh addition to Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters series possesses a nice fairytale feel; now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

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Praise for the Elemental Masters series:

“The Paris of Degas, turn-of-the-century Blackpool, and the desperation of young girls without family or other protection come to life in a story that should interest a broad readership.” —Booklist

“All in fine fairy-tale tradition…. It’s grim fun, with some nice historical detail, and just a hint of romance to help lighten things.” —Locus

“The action and dialogue flow freely, mingling with beautiful descriptions of European countryside and just a hint of romance…. A well-developed heroine and engaging story.” —Publishers Weekly

“The fifth in the series involving the mysterious Elemental Masters, this story of a resourceful young dancer also delivers a new version of a classic fairy tale. Richly detailed historic backgrounds add flavor and richness to an already strong series that belongs in most fantasy collections. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal

“Lackey’s fantastical world of Elementals, plus her delightful Nan and Sarah, create an amusing contrast for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and John Watson…. The mix of humor, history, fantasy, and mystery is balanced in a way that any reader could pick up the book and thoroughly enjoy it from beginning to end.” —RT Reviews

“The Elementals novels are beautiful, romantic adult fairy tales. Master magician Mercedes Lackey writes a charming fantasy.” —Worlds of Wonder

“Ms. Lackey is a master in fantasy, and this visit to an alternate historical England is no exception. Vivid characterization and believable surroundings are flawlessly joined in a well-detailed world.” —Darque Reviews

"I find Ms. Lackey's Elemental Masters series a true frolic into fantasy." 
—Fantasy Book Spot

Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756407711
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Series:
Elemental Masters Series , #8
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
240,078
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com or on Twitter at @mercedeslackey.

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Home from the Sea: An Elemental Masters Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am especially fond of fantasy books especially ones with magic, dwarves, elves, dragons, etc. I always love a Mercedes Lackey book - haven't yet found one I didn't like. For me, Home From the Sea was a great read. If you love Mercedes Lackey you and her fantasies you should love this one as well
fauxprof More than 1 year ago
Not the best in the Elemental Masters series, but a truly enjoyable and fast read. It was good to catch up with Nan and Sarah, and I hope a future book in the series will give them more scope for their unique psychic talents. Mari is an engaging heroine, feisty and strong, though not Lackey's best creation. There was, for me, a delightful moment early on, when Lackey gives a brief and loving cameo to another author's redoubtable Victorian heroine. If you're a Mercedes Lackey fan, by all means read this one. If you're new to this author, or this series, read "The Wizard of London" first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Lackey's Elemental Masters books and this one had the added advantage of including Sarah and Nan from a previous book with a new character. Lackey merged the characters together in an interesting way and kept me reading happily to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always loved Sarah and Nan. I loved them when they were two short stories in the back of an anthology, I loved them when they got their own novel, and I love them just as much all grown up! After reading The Magician of London, I'm always sad to say goodbye to Sarah and Gray, and Nan and Neville. I've often thought I'd like to read a story where they're all grown up and off fighting for the Light. Well here it is, and I sincerely hope it's not the last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I love the Elemental Masters series and this one really was good and added new characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. Quick read. A lot of young girl standing her ground getting what she wants. Of course mahic and skin shifting just add to the whimsy.
bluedog More than 1 year ago
Mercedes Lackey has, once again, told a story that you don't want to put down. She has a talent with words that, no matter what the subject she is writing about, she makes it interesting. I would read anything she writes!
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I should preface this by saying that I REALLLY like Mercedes Lackey's work, from Valdemar to the 500 kingdoms. However, just like with the last book that centered on Sarah and Nan, I was pretty bored with extremely long passages of this book. The parts of this series that deal with the psychical adepts are nearly identical to a slew of other authors out there writing the same type of stuff. The reason to read this series is the rich and complex mythology behind the elemental masters, and being shunted sideways into pyschics with talking birds is immersion breaking. I loved the bits that centered on the heroine, Mari, but found myself putting the book aside when I came to the long, seriously unneccessary passages dealing with the bird friending, psychic detective duo. Sarah and Nan's role in the book was over emphasized, and the ling passages of italicized text that wete directly lifted from a previous book were boring and felt like a very lazy way to recap adventures from earlier in the series. What a disappointment after the stirring, adventure filled book that directly preceeded this in the series.
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