Yesterday and last night I finally started reading "Adrift" from The Last Selkie series by Elizabeth Reeves. I found the author as a result of putting Selkies' Skins out in the serialized form and putting up an entry on the Web Fiction Guide. I ended up reading "Avow" last year, which is the prequel and made myself wait so that I would be certain her work did not influence mine.
I finally could not wait any longer. Waiting to read is absolute torture.
Something that surprised me a bit to note is how in "Adrift" spinning and weaving were some big elements of the story. In Ms. Reeves' story, the selkie mother provides a sealskin for her daughter by working some magic... she spins the yarn and weaves the skin silently. I thought that was brilliant, and I was relieved to find that her version of the "gaining the skin" trek back to the sea is different from mine.
There is also a bit of romance, and a love triangle. It is rather hard to think of a selkie not having at least a little bit of a romance going on. The romance is not over done at all. I did want to smack a few heads, but everything was believable. Action features quite a bit in here as well.
There are also horses. No, not waterhorses. They are just as good though. The horses I found to be rather important as they gave a common link between the selkie and one of her rescuers. Now, the human rescuer, like many of Irish roots, has a wee bit of a surprise to them (that should be easily guessed by the first description). I don't want to give away too much of the story, but seriously... if you like selkies, read that book.