Monday, June 2, 2014
Short Story Review: Shore's Edge by Tara S. Wood
The wheel of the year turns, bringing the joy of spring, the warmth of summer, the richness of autumn, and the merriment of winter. But eight Celtic festivals link these seasons together, bringing with them romance, lust, danger, and even magic. From a city under threat from night-time creatures at Ostara, to a selkie caught by the light of the Lughnasadh moon, to a writer caught in the flames of a fiery goddess at Imbolc.
Eight authors have come together to give their own twist on these festivals, weaving each story with a blend of myth, magic, and contemporary telling…to create A Celtic Tapestry.
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Saoirse is the daughter of a clan leader, and she's furious when her father wants to trade her innocence for a peace treaty with their enemy. Refusing to accept a marriage with a man she hates, she runs away, only to come face to face with a selkie named Ronan. It turns out the same man who wants to marry Saorise, has been kidnapping the female selkies, including Ronan's sister While the selkie warns her that he must eventually return to the sea, the two form a pact to stop the evil clan leader and find a little romance along the way.
Shore's Edge is a beautifully written historical fantasy lush with vivid scenes and endearing characters. There are intense battle scenes and lovemaking that will leave you sweating, all mixed with the magical elements of the mythical selkie. I thoroughly enjoyed this short story. It's a quick read that merges several of my favorite genres and I will definitely be looking for more works from this author in the future.