Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Review: In Sea-Salt Tears - Seanan McGuire

It was 1972, and a teenage girl named Elizabeth Ryan thought that her world was coming to an end. Elizabeth was the daughter of two Selkies, you see, and she had just been passed up for a skin. But then a mysterious cousin who calls herself Annie appears, and Elizabeth finds other things to think about...

It can be easy to forget that worlds don't wait for heroes before they begin. It can be easy to forget that things happened before the lights came up and the story started. This is one of those things that happened: this is one of those tales that slipped through the cracks. It is the story of a girl named Elizabeth, and a girl named Annie, and what they were to one another, in the sight and sounding of the sea.

Maybe it isn't fair. But fairy tales never really are.

October Daye Series:
In Little Stars (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
Rosemary and Rue
A Local Habitation
An Artificial Night
Late Eclipses
Through This House (Short story in the Home Improvement: Undead Edition anthology)
One Salt Sea
In Sea-Salt Tears (Free short story available on Seanan's website)
Ashes of Honor
Rat-Catcher (Free short story available on the Lightspeed Magazine website)
No Sooner Met (Free short story available on Seanan's website)
Chimes at Midnight
Never Shines the Sun (Short story included in the print version of Chimes at Midnight)
Forbid the Sea (Free short story available on Seanan's website)
Stage of Fools (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
The Voice of Lions (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
The Act of Hares (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
Instruments of Darkness (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
With Honest Trifles (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
The Winter Long
Heaps of Pearl (Free short story available on Seanan's website)
Shore to Shore (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
The Fixed Stars (Free short story available on the Baen website)
A Red-Rose Chain
Full of Briars (Short story)
Once Broken Faith
Dreams and Slumbers (Short story included in the print version of Once Broken Faith)
The Brightest Fell
Night and Silence (2018)
When Sorrows Come (2019)

Visit Seanan McGuire's website for more information

Review:
In Sea-Salt Tears is a free short story that can be downloaded from Seanan McGuire's website, events actually occur before the first book but one of the main characters isn't introduced until One Salt Sea so I'd recommend waiting until after you read that book before you start this so you can avoid spoilers later on.

If you've already read One Salt Sea then you'll already be familiar with the connection between the Luidaeg and the selkies and why they aren't on the best of terms, what you won't be familiar with is the personal history between Elizabeth and Annie and how that added a whole extra layer of complicated between them.

Seanan McGuire always manages to pack a punch in her short stories, I don't know how she does it but she always makes me care about her characters no matter how short a time we spend with them and I was totally invested in Annie and Elizabeth's relationship even though I knew going in that it didn't all end in sunshine and rainbows. This was a really sweet romance, one that developed between two lonely and desperate girls who were both looking for friendship and someone to turn to when their lives weren't going to plan. It was heartbreaking to see it all fall apart and that is made even worse when you think about the huge debt between the selkies and the Luidaeg, a debt that large is going to be impossible to pay but a promise is a promise and something is going to have to change soon.

Source: Downloaded for free from Seanan McGuire's website

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