The third book in this trilogy changes
the focus from the human realm to the selkie and very satisfactorily concludes the story. While the action is almost all in the magic world, the characters still have a good grounding in real emotions and desires, which keeps the story from being fantastical and anchors it to its Maine island locale.
Lucy has always been the unseen good daughter and sister. She doesn't have magical powers, so she is never included in discussions about the demons that have been plaguing Worlds End, the island where she lives out her days, teaching school and caring for her alcoholic father.
When the selkie lord shows up and takes her, she's mystified. Then a demon lord tries to kill a dog and Lucy says enough. That's when strange things start to happen. Maybe she's not as relentlessly human as she thought. Meanwhile, Conn, the selkie lord, discovers that when it comes to Lucy, maybe selkies do feel attachment. But just when these two start to see a new way of life together, duty and demons conspire to destroy any future at all. (BERKLEY SENSATION, May, 286 pp., $7.99)