Seaborn

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Corina Lairsey has just clawed her way free from one controlling relationship when she finds herself in another-only this guy, Aleximor, has really gotten under her skin. Literally. A 400-year-old sorcerer who gathers the drowned dead off the ocean's floor for the King of the Seaborn, he's inside her head and is wearing her body like a wetsuit. Corina desperately schemes to regain control of her self, fighting against time as Aleximore trades pieces of her life away in exchange for power over the path between the...

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Seaborn (Book #2 of the Seaborn Trilogy)

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Overview

Corina Lairsey has just clawed her way free from one controlling relationship when she finds herself in another-only this guy, Aleximor, has really gotten under her skin. Literally. A 400-year-old sorcerer who gathers the drowned dead off the ocean's floor for the King of the Seaborn, he's inside her head and is wearing her body like a wetsuit. Corina desperately schemes to regain control of her self, fighting against time as Aleximore trades pieces of her life away in exchange for power over the path between the worlds of the living and the dead . . .

Kassandra is the King of the Seaborn's granddaughter. She comes from the sea, but has spent her whole life in exile on the surface, struggling to control frightening powers she barely understands. She declares war on her murderous grandfather and manipulates her family, friends, oceanic royalty, and the US Navy to aid her- but Aleximore intends to use Kass to carry out his revenge against the entire Seaborn royal line. And she's also fallen in love-one more struggle for an already troubled soul.

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Editorial Reviews

Carole McDonnell
Seaborn is no regular fantasy about mermaids. It is an epic, created with a linguist's, a sociologist's, and a poet's touch....Chris Howard has created a rich complicated world....We are obviously in the hands of a great writer...
Doug Knipe
As epic fantasy Seaborn is imaginative and flush with mythological detail. The ocean dwelling Seaborn culture is fascinating....a fresh and entertaining read...
Harry Markov
This is a must-read, must-have and worshiped. This mythology junkie is more than satisfied and begs people to buy more than one copy as soon as possible. If I am correct, after several generations a first issue of this will be quite valuable
S.M. Duke
Chris Howard is someone I will be paying close attention to from this day forward. As a debut novel Seaborn succeeds where many others in the same class have not. It puts together a fascinating new world (within our own), drawing from Greek mythology and developing that into its own unique fantasy creation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809572816
  • Publisher: Juno Books
  • Publication date: 7/20/2008
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Howard writes science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. He finished his fifth novel in June, and is working on the next in a new series. His first novel Seaborn (Juno Books) came out July 2008. His short stories have appeared in a bunch of places, mostly online zines, "Lost Dogs and Fireplace Archeology" to Fantasy Magazine (June, 2010). He won the Heinlein Centennial Short Fiction Contest in 2007 for his story "Hammers and Snails" (amateur division).

Chris Howard is also an illustrator, working in ink, watercolors, and digital formats. He have a pen and ink illustration in issue 10 of Shimmer Magazine. His weekly updated graphic novel Saltwater Witch keeps him busy.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2011

    AMAZING BOOK

    Seaborn is a well written novel with lots of suspense through out the entire book. The characters are lovable and this is a book that everybody should read!

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  • Posted June 29, 2013

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    "Seaborn" is the second novel in "The Seaborn Tri

    "Seaborn" is the second novel in "The Seaborn Trilogy".  This novel takes on a different tone than the first novel in the series, "The Sea Witch."  Written in third person, the author pushes, Kassandra, the main character from the first novel, into thread connecting role.  The first chapter "Kassandra," fits more into a prologue role, than an opening chapter.  I half expected to read a novel about Kassandra's struggle with her new role in life and how it affects her as she takes on the rest of high school.  I was wrong.  This chapter left me feeling that Kassandra was losing a battle within her own mind and that she no longer matters as a character beyond her role as a wreath wearer.  I’m not even sure where in the time line that chapter fit into the overall series, but I’m guessing that it took place sometime during high school?  
    By the second chapter “Highway 17” the novel has progressed about five years since “The Sea Witch”.   The main character of the novel, Corina Lairsey, takes comfort from scuba diving off the coast of California.  She gets caught off guard and possessed by Aleximor the Bone-gatherer.  Aleximor’s main goal is revenge against Kassandar’s line, and those that imprisoned his soul two hundred years ago.  He is a nasty piece of work who uses Corina’s body to do horrible and disgusting things to innocent sailors.  With each death he causes, Corina dies a little bit more.  
    Kassandra’s story takes place parallel to Corina’s tale.  There are huge gaps in character development which leaves the reader feeling like they are reading excerpts from her story instead of what is actually going on.  I really did not like the way Howard chopped up her story.  For example she forms a relationship with a seaborne named “Nereus”.  From what the reader can tell, Kassandra does not like her grandmother trying to set her up with him, but then she decides to use him anyway. (Kind of like the way her mother used her father.)  Nereus, who apparently doesn’t have a personality other than being a puppy dog, is so taken by her that he’s willing to do anything for her.  There is a sense that they are going to sleep together at one point, and then ultimately she calls him her “love”.    I can guess that this thread shows how Kassandra is becoming more and more of a shadow and the wreath is ultimately the thing that is in control.  
    Overall, I wished that Howard stuck with telling the main story in first person.  I also felt that I had to play catch up as I tried to connect the dots with the background information given about the seaborne.  For the most part I liked the novel.  I could have done without the horror aspect in the Corina story line, but at least it was something different than your average book.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2008

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    Not just born of the sea, Kassandra comes from Seaborn royalty as her grandfather rules the species. However, in spite of her regal sea blood, Kassandra has spent much of her living amidst the surfacer (land people) for she is unique as the powerful wreathbearer who possesses the spirits of her ancestors guiding her to free the Seaborn from her sadistic dictatorial grandfather whose weapon of choice to hold onto the throne is mass murder.-------------- Four centuries of incarceration by the Seaborn has devastated the mental state of the previously unbalanced evil sorcerer Aleximor. He has finally escaped and taken control of the body of California surfer college student Corina Lairsey with plans to raise a new deadly force to destroy the surfacers and the seaborn. Kassandra with her family at her side must prevent Aleximor from succeeding, but Corina may be collateral damage while also at the same time open up a second front war: a coup d¿etat to liberate her people.---------------- This is an exciting extremely graphic fantasy, which needs a warning label not to eat while reading SEABORN Chris Howard is explicit with vivid violent descriptions to torture and mutilation. The story line is entertaining but driven by the heroine who ahs known since birth she has a quest to bear and now has no time left to learn her skills since her mission has turned out to be on two front. Readers who appreciate the realism brought to an epic ¿military¿ fantasy by broken bodies, blood and gore will want to read SEABORN, a well written opening saga.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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