Sometimes there is nothing better than losing yourself in a great fantasy story. But what I love even more is stories where the fantasy elements are neatly entwined with everyday life making the story both realistic and relatable to readers, giving you the perfect balance of the unknown and the everyday struggles we face. The Selkie Enchantress embodies all of this, and is quite simply a brilliant and beautifully written story which leaves you feeling content long after you have turned the last page.
Sophie Moss has a stunning writing style, which just flows so beautifully and naturally throughout her work. Her descriptions of the Irish coastline and Seal Island just give you a perfect sense of place and makes you wish you could visit the locations for a weekend retreat to escape from the world. I adored returning to the Island with this second installment of the Selkie Trilogy and loved seeing the characters we were introduced to in 'The Selkie Spell'.
Caitlin's story was a real heartbreaker for me, and I'm sure everyone else reading this book will agree. I loved her character in 'The Selkie Spell' but had no inkling that she was hiding so painful a secret from her friends, and I commend her for her strength and how much she sacrificed for what she believed was best for others. The emotion with which author Sophie Moss wrote these scenes with Caitlin was stunning and I doubt there is a person with a heart who would not feel it hurt for Caitlin and Liam and the struggles they have. Without giving too much away, I will only say that the end of the chapter in which they find a baby's rattle washed up on the beach, gave me chills, and I felt the thrill you get when reading a great emotional and suspenseful novel. The way that the baby's rattle symbolises the innocence of those who have been taken advantage of by creatures more powerful was just brilliant.
The fantastical elements were written to perfection, and as with 'The Selkie Spell', there wasn't a single moment where I thought the story was becoming unrealistic ot taken too far. The way that the fantasy was deeply entwined with the myths and legends that many Irish grow up believing made the story seem real and believable.
The mysterious Nuala's reasons for her actions (again I'm being purposely vague so as not to ruin the story), were not only sad but also show just how much love and power can drive people to do terrible things. The fact that Sophie Moss was able to make us both hate and pity Nuala, and feel joy and sadness when Owen was set free from Nuala's grasp, gives credit to what a fantastic writer she is. I was so happy to see how Owen blossomed with his new family, yet I felt sad that he had lost the woman he'd always looked to as his mother. The fact that he had been cruelly taken and used for another's means was heartbreaking.
Caitlin and Liam's story was an emotional one and I loved every second of it. I'm so excited to read Sam and Glenna's story now, as I can tell there will be some fireworks between those two...In more ways that one!
5 Stars and a definite recommended read!
Check out my review for the first book in The Selkie Trilogy, 'The Selkie Spell' here.