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ASHES ON THE WAVES is my new favorite book featuring selkies. I really enjoyed the book's atmosphere, the lore, and oh, the fact that it's inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's "Annabel Lee."
All his life, Liam has been in love with a girl he met in his childhood named Annabell Leighton. He lives on a small island, Dòchas, without electricity or modern plumbing, and Anna is exotic to him. She lives far from Dòchas, and was only visiting her family home as a child. Now she's back, and he has a chance to be her friend. The only problem? He's cursed, and the villagers will make sure Anna stays away from him. The Bean Sidhe and the Na Fir Ghorm who live in the water have also taken interest in "the broken one's" relationship with Anna...and their games can be deadly.
There is so much creativity at play in ASHES ON THE WAVES. The ancient Bean Sidhe and Na Fir Ghorm are eerie creatures that I'd never want to encounter in real life. The Na Fir Ghorm, for example, delight in luring humans to their watery graves and the Bean Sidhe have the most unearthly wails--which only mortals with murdered family members can hear. There are also Cailleach creatures, a mythical Celtic being whom signifies upcoming death to those who see her. There's also selkie lore, and one selkie in particular named Muireann reminds me of Disney's Ariel because of her fascination with a human boy (Liam) and her longing to be with him. The book also looks at Celtic traditions such as lighting candles on Bealtaine and participating in ancient ceremonies. There's also the notion that Liam is a demon because he was born crippled. As I read, I constantly wanted to know what folklore was real and what was born of Lindsey's imagination because she blends it all together so nicely. It's all so interesting, and it works together to form a story that's hard to put down.
Dòchas and its people feel very "old world" and traditional. Anna is the only modern one among them, the socialite banned from her brother's upcoming wedding so she doesn't embarrass her family in the tabloids. On the island, that persona slips away, and she discovers who she really is. Dòchas changes her, even as it remains ever the same. There's so much atmosphere that sets the mood, and enough mystery to keep me hooked and turning pages. Lindsey achieved the sad, gothic atmosphere she was going for and has created a tale that even Poe would enjoy reading.