Book Review: Anamchara by Lee Comyn

Reviewed by Nikyta

1Title: Anamchara
Author: Lee Comyn
Series: 2014 Daily Dose – Mended
Heroes: Diathi/Jamie
Genre: M/M Historical Fantasy
Length: 43 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: As the Second World War sweeps across Europe, tens of thousands of Allied soldiers are trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk. The fear of so many triggers old magics and summons selkies, the seal people. When England sends boats to rescue the trapped men, the selkies guard them. In the midst of this chaos, Daithi, a selkie, is drawn by the magic directly to one redheaded Scot. He would love nothing more than to kidnap the human who stole his heart with a look and carry him off to the sea, but is that fair to him? Still, with the Luftwaffe attacking constantly and rescue attempts slowing, it may be their only chance to survive.



When Daithi hears ‘the call’ that signals a potential mate, he can’t seem to ignore it especially when it doesn’t go away. Swimming for days to answer it, he finally comes across a stretch of land that’s being obliterated by war. When he finally finds his mate, he almost loses him. Determined to save the intriguing human, Daithi does everything he can to heal him. Little does Daithi know that his human might not want to be saved.

I really liked this story because I felt like it had two parts to it. Part one was Daithi trying to save his human and part two was trying to convince his human that it wasn’t so bad being with a selkie. It’s a short tale so, of course, there isn’t much depth to the story but it’s fun and there was actually a good amount of the selkie side of things mixed in. You get to see Daithi work his magic and Jamie wary of what Daithi is. At the same time, the story involves another selkie, Fintan, who is absolutely charming and adorable. NEED his story now!

This was a great little story but for a good portion of the book, I felt lost. I didn’t know what time period it was (it had been days since I read the blurb) and I didn’t really understand what war was going on. Was it a world war? A civil war? I’m not that great on my history so my confusion over what was going on dampened my enjoyment of the story quite a deal. Other than that, I didn’t think the story was long enough or had enough depth to really warrant the insta-love that eventually happens. Normally, I’m not a stickler for that type of thing but with the way Jamie acted, it through me for a loop, one that I left me scratching my head.

In the end, this was a nice little story about a selkie who finally finds his mate and does what he can to save the man. It’s very short but the premise really intrigued me. I adore selkies and I loved that this one dealt with a lot of the magic selkies hold. I wish it had been much longer because I would have loved to see Daithi’s home. It was a good story but now I want Fintan’s book… but having his mate be a man 😉

Overall Impression: I liked it!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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