The Lure of Shapinsay is the first novel by Krista Holle. Just after a half-selkie baby is murdered in the ocean, Kait is spotted along the shore by a selkie man. Seeking revenge, that night the selkie man enters her house, waking her. She pleads her innocence, and he takes off for the ocean leaving her uncontrollably lured by him. Kait will do anything to be re-united with him, even if it costs her her life.
Before reading this book, selkies were a completely new concept to me. I did a little research and found that selkies are ocean dwellers who look like seals, but are able to shed their skin on land to temporarily become human. The book does a great job introducing you to them and the lure they have over humans. The plot revolves primarily around Kait and Eamon, the selkie man. There are a few additional characters such as Kait's brother, Blair, Magnum, whom Blair is arranging to marry Kait, and Tipper, a woman who is best explained by reading the book. The author did a wonderful job bringing her them all to life. I'm always attracted to a great forbidden love story. Then you add in this new legendary creature and it gives you something completely unique. A sequel to this book would be wonderful as there are many questions I have about things that were hinted at throughout the story. The story was highly intriguing and I learned something new. It has inspired me to do some extra research on my own to learn more about the legends surrounding the selkies.
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