Book Review : The Little Selkie
Timeless Fairy Tales #5
By K. M. Shea
Dylan—a selkie—makes a terrible mistake when she brashly chases an evil sea witch onto land. Captured and stripped of her pelt—leaving her unable to return to the sea in her sea lion body—Dylan’s only chance of survival is to serve as the sea witch’s tool. Instead of allowing the sea witch to use her selkie ability to control water, Dylan asks a wandering enchantress to seal her voice, rendering her unable to use her selkie magic. Stranded—with no allies and no way to contact her family—Dylan fears she will never successfully steal her pelt back.
Luckily, Dylan is not alone. She is befriended by Prince Callan, a kind, human prince whose country is being pulverized by the sea witch. Combining the strength of humans and the intelligence of the selkies, the pair unites to save their people.
But when the storm is over will Dylan choose to stay with Callan, or return to the sea and leave him behind…forever?
THE LITTLE SELKIE is a retelling of The Little Mermaid. It is a story of distrust, friendship, and unexpected love, and it is part of TIMELESS FAIRY TALES. The books in this series take place in the same world and can be read all together, or as individual, stand-alone stories. (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
I love to see how different authors approach fairy tales. The Little Selkie is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, though Dylan is horrified when Callan had mistakenly thought she was a mermaid.
I easily related to Dylan because she is always hungry. She couldn’t care less what is going on when she is eating and is thinking of her next meal opportunity when not eating. Dylan was reluctant to have to bother to save a human when she spotted him in the storm, but did it because her family had pounded it into her head that it is a silkie’s job to save humans from drowning. It even takes her a few days after coming onto land to realize that Prince Callan is the human that she had saved two year ago. She definitely is not in love with the prince at first sight.
Prince Callan is an interesting character because he has social anxiety, though it isn’t said in those exact terms. He has a public mask he wears, with a false smile for others. Dylan brings out his sense of humor because she is authentic, unassuming and brash when he has been surrounded by courtly mannered sycophants. The problem with a character that doesn’t do well socially is trying to get the reader to feel like he is making a genuine connection with the love interest. I felt like there needed to be more as to why Callan trusted and fell in love with Dylan.
Shea’s books are all light reading, clean and fun. The plots and characters are fairly shallow, but have small twists that are interesting. This book is appropriate for a young audience.
3.25 out of 5 stars
Other retold fairy tales that I enjoy include Beauty by Robin McKinnley, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale and Enchantment by Orson Scott Card.
ps- After all of this reading of Shea’s novels I can say that Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella and the Colonel were my favorites because they have a more complex plot and vary more widely from the original tales.