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"Unusual beginning is saved by the story's end"

On her way to a special assignment in Iraq, Sergeant Christine (CC) Canadys' plane crashes into the ocean. Without fully understanding what was happening to her, she changes bodies with a mermaid, Princess Undine. It is only after she has become a mermaid that CC understands why. Soon she finds herself swimming to escape from Sarpedon, who is a malevolent merman obsessed with possessing Undine and now CC! Unsure what to do she calls for Gaea, the mermaid's Earth Goddess mother and agrees to become human but has to return to the sea and her mermaid body every third night. The only way to remain human permanently and away from Sarpedon is to find true love; which turns out to be harder than expected once she meets Dylan, a merman.

This was an awesome story. The beginning of GODDESS OF THE SEA is a little strange as you are watching CC celebrate her birthday all by herself when she decides that women have magic and to release hers by summoning the Earth Goddess Gaea, while intoxicated. By doing so, she creates a new destiny for herself as a woman. As a reader you don't get to know what everyone around CC is thinking (for the most part), which helps add to the confusion and fear she is feeling starting with her next day's hangover and continuing though the rest of the novel. Generally following someone's daily events isn't very interesting however, Ms Cast has woven her tale so well, that every detail of her day is an adventure; whether she ! in a human body on land or Undines true form of a mermaid.

CC discovers living in the 1100's isn't easy and doesn't like the submissive roll of women, which makes falling in love with Dylan all the more touching. Dylan is very interesting as well. He and the real Undine were childhood friends, so he knew almost instantly that CC wasn't Undine. Because CC is now Undine, I would generally have a problem with this type of relationship (CC being interested in a friend of Undine who Undine herself was not interested in), CC makes it know up front she isn't the real Undine and while Dylan agrees, it becomes clear while watching the relationship develop that he is in love with CC. I didn't have to wonder if maybe he is really in love with Undine and sees this as a way to h! ave her. Besides this, he performs a couple of selfless acts that are so touching! (Can't elaborate as it would spoil the surprise!) So I really liked him as a hero. When Sarpedon finds her on land and starts to possess Andras, the knight who rescues her from the ocean and thinks she is the survivor from a shipwreck, CC realizes that in order to be safe on either land or the sea, she must confront Undines fears.

Ms Cast really knows how to heat up the intimate moments between CC and Dylan. I was reading this book on an international flight, and wow! So as a word of warning, while this is a book that will suck you in, it's very steamy. I loved the last several chapters of the book -- especially the end; unfortunately to say much more would give stuff away, SO READ THE BOOK!

Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted April 3, 2004

SUMMARY

There's a little goddess in every woman. And a lot of passion...

On the night of her twenty-fifth birthday, alone in her apartment, Air Force Sergeant Christine Canady wished for one thing: a little magic in her life. After drinking way too much champagne, she performed, of all crazy things, a goddess-summoning ritual, hoping that it would somehow make her life a little less ordinary...but she never believed the spell would actually work!

When her military plane crashes into the ocean, CC's mission overseas takes an unexpected turn. She awakens to find herself in a legendary time and place where magic rules the land--occupying the body of the mythic mermaid Undine. But there is danger in the waters and the goddess Gaea turns this modern, military gal into a beautiful damsel so that she can seek shelter on land. CC is soon rescured (literally) by a knight in shining armor. She should be falling in love with this dream come true, but instead she aches for the sea and Dylan, the sexy merman who has stolen her heart.

 

Goddess of the Sea
(Goddess Summoning series: Book 2)
by P. C. Cast

Berkley Pub Group
October 1, 2003
Available: October 7, 2003
ISBN #0425192792
EAN #9780425192795
368 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
P. C. Cast

Destined
Dragon's Oath
Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore and Religion
Awakened
The Fledgling Handbook 101
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Burned
Brighid's Quest
Divine by Blood
The Avenger
Tempted
Divine By Choice
Elphame's Choice
Hunted
Goddess of the Rose
Mysteria Lane
Untamed
Warrior Rising
Chosen
Betrayed
Divine By Blood
Goddess of Love
Marked
Divine by Choice
Divine by Mistake
Mysteria
Brighid's Quest
Goddess of Light
Goddess by Mistake
Elphame's Choice
Goddess of Spring


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