Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Review -- Forgotten Sea

Forgotten Sea
The Children of the Sea, Book 5
By Virginia Kantra
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: June 7, 2011

Lara Rho is a fallen angel, one of the nephilim, and she is called to use her gift as a Seeker. It is her job to rescue other fallen angels, often called children of the air, before they are destroyed by the children of fire, the demons. Her senses lead her to Justin Miller, a sailor who goes wherever the wind or his mood takes him. Much to Lara's shock, she discovers that Justin is not a fallen angel, but she senses that he is not quite human either.

Justin has no memories of his life prior to the day he was rescued from a shipwreck seven years ago. When pretty Lara shows up, he can't help but find himself attracted to her, but Justin makes it a point never to get seriously involved with any woman. And Lara looks like the long-term-relationship type. Who knew that a quick drink in a bar would lead to Justin coming to Lara's aide when she's attacked in an alley. He's seriously injured and Lara feels responsible for him, so she takes him with her to Rockhaven School, her only home she's known since early childhood and the home and sanctuary of other nephilim. While Lara may feel that Justin should find refuge there, her fellow nephilim do not. No one knows who or what Justin is, so they treat him more as a prisoner than a guest.

Justin beseeches Lara to help him escape, and though it puts her in direct opposition of her friends, she agrees. She feels a connection to Justin that she cannot explain, and she wants to help him discover his identity. Now they are being followed by Lara's fellow fallen angels and stalked by demons. Through their mysterious, yet powerful connection, Justin begins to recall bits and pieces of his past; he remembers that his name is Iestyn and he is a selkie, one of the children of the sea. When Iestyn finds his merfolk family, will Lara find a place among them or will this fallen angel and her selkie drift apart?

I've been captivated by Virginia Kantra's Children of the Sea series from the very beginning. Selkies, finfolk, mystery, and romance---it's impossible not to get caught up in each story and eagerly await the next. Forgotten Sea is another fascinating and sensual addition to this keeper of a series. Justin (Iestyn) and Lara are two lost souls who at first glance shouldn't be a match, but they couldn't be more perfect for each other.

Tenderness and impatience tangled within her.

This wasn't about her. Not only about her, not anymore. This journey they were on together was taking her farther and farther from the person she had been. But she would not beg. And she would not take the next step alone.

She turned his question back on him. "What do you want?"

"You," he answered simply. "I feel like I've spent my whole life waiting for you."

Her eyes blurred. As easily as that, he restored her confidence and destroyed her defenses.

She smiled at him through the mist. "Then take me."

A romance to make you sigh, passion that smolders, and a hero and heroine that are lost until they find their sanctuary in the arms of one another. While this is the fifth book in this series, it can be read alone. But if you're a stickler like me and like to start a series at the beginning, the books should be read in this order: Sea Witch, Sea Fever, Sea Lord, Immortal Sea, and Forgotten Sea. It's a perfect read on a sunny summer day or a hot summer night.

~ Gannon

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  1. Oh WOW!! I am so pleased I have found this series. "Forgotten Sea" looks amazing & I can't wait to read the entire 'The Children of the Se' series

  2. Oh yeah, I got my first sea book here you know, it was an instant hook for my imagination. Loved it.

  3. I love this series so much. Every single book has been a winner for me and as soon as I finish reading I'm already looking forward to the next one!

    Reminder: Virginia Kantra, creator of these books, will be our special guest tomorrow!

  4. This series sounds so good I have heard lots about them and they are on my must get list
    Great review Gannon

    have Fun

  5. Gannon, between yours and PJ's raving of these books, I really need to read this series!! Thanks for the great review!

  6. Great review, Gannon! I'm not much of a paranormal reader, but I love Kantra's Children of the Sea books. I'm eager to read Forgotten Sea.

  7. Marybelle, it's a fantastic series!

  8. I got my first sea book here you know, it was an instant hook for my imagination.

    Dianna, they are a bit of an addiction, aren't they?!

  9. Every single book has been a winner for me and as soon as I finish reading I'm already looking forward to the next one!

    PJ, that's exactly how I feel! Now, how do we get Virginia to write faster? *g*

    I'm so looking forward to her visit tomorrow.

  10. Helen, I really think you'd enjoy this series.

  11. Gannon, between yours and PJ's raving of these books, I really need to read this series!!

    Andrea, you NEED a few more books in your TBR pile. LOL

  12. Janga, I think Virginia's books are perfect for people who are not huge paranormal fans. I guess you could call them "paranormal light." ;-)

  13. Great review, Gannon! With you and PJ raving about this series, I guess I really need to add it to my stack.

  14. Buffie, you know how PJ and I love to make you add books to your TBR pile. *g*

  15. I have two books in the series and will start reading them when I have them all. I really like the sound of the series and the characters.
    Good , Virginia will be here tomorrow. I don't think I have read an interview with her yet.

  16. Librarypat, I hope you enjoy the series when you read it.