On Rollrock Island you will find a witch who can do an astonishing thing: she can magic a woman from out of the skin of a seal. Well, she CAN do that for you, for a price. And the men of Rollrock Island are prepared to pay that price — any price — for an enchanting woman from the waves. No one (but the witch) can imagine the implications of this turn of events.
I picked this up knowing nothing about it — I just thought the cover was beautiful — and I’m having a hard time deciding how I feel about this story. On the one hand, I know it is rather genius. Not only lyrically written but the idea itself, of a whole town under a kind of a spell of their own making, was beautifully executed. Somehow, though, it sort of bored me. Maybe it just took too long to tell? There were a few minutes that really captured me, but sometimes it felt like a lot of words to tell me not-that-much story.
I can’t say it’s not worth reading — I appreciated that through various islanders we delved into the minds and hearts of those who were affected by the sea-women. The ending left me feeling a little empty but not so annoyed that I wouldn’t try another by this author.
Rated: Mild for one moderate swear word, several scenes of nudity and discussions of nude women, and one mildly graphic sexual scene; best for ages 15 and up.