The Witch Sea

Rated 4.42/5 based on 12 reviews
The witch Meriel keeps the sea god, Galo, captive on the shore with a generational old curse. When Meriel falls in love with the shapeshifting woman, Nor, the entire world may pay the price as the curse falters. More
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Words: 10,490
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476359021
About Sarah Diemer

Sarah Diemer is an author and storyteller. She writes stories about courageous young ladies who love other ladies, makes jewelry out of words and wire and loves her wife more than anything in the universe.

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Review by: Dar Mil on April 01, 2014 :
Talk about overdoing it. I picked up the free version on Smashwords.com. Then forgot I had it and picked up the free one on Amazon! By the way, it is still free on both sites.

This was a short but sweet book. I loved the characters Nor, the sea person, and Meriel, the witch. Though there is a brief romantic tryst between the characters, it didn't overpower the story. I liked that for the quick read.

I loved how both characters came together to understand they could help each other as they were both prisoners of their respective dwellings. I loved the descriptions of sea and surf.

Short stories are not my thing. They always make me want to know more about the characters, and learn what happens next. I love knowing people in my real life in a deeper way. I want to know what they think, what makes them tick. I am very bad at social small talk. So I think that is why short stories don't appeal to me. Sorry.

Anyway, if you are so inclined, check out this sweet story.
(review of free book)

Review by: norainwonderland on Nov. 08, 2013 :
Okay
(review of free book)

Review by: Serith Moren on July 28, 2013 :
This was a really sweet short story. I adored the characters, especially Nor because she was truly adorable. Meriel had a strong voice and it was easy to empathize with her. You could feel her loneliness and she explained her motives clearly; how she is loyal to family but can’t help but question everything she stands for. Glad this story was made so readily available - the author has placed herself on my radar, that's for sure.
(review of free book)

Review by: humanitysdarkerside on May 02, 2013 :
I love this cover. "Flying Fish" was painted by the Victorian painter Herbert James Draper. It illustrates perfectly the longing of the witch in the novel. In my head that is what "The Witch Sea" is about. Longing to belong, to have someone to love and to love you back.

Being responsible for holding the magical net surrounding her island is becoming a difficult task for Meriel. She is no longer certain of the beliefs that her mother and grandmother have tried to imprint on her.

Both Meriel's longing and the longing of the sea-people shines through Diemer's prose. Very minor-key and absolutely lovely.

The author makes a point of this being a lesbian fantasy short story. Once it was pointed out to me, I could see it.

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"The Witch Sea" won first place in the "Kissed by Venus Fresh Voices" short story competition.
(review of free book)

Review by: Arch DeNight on April 19, 2013 :
No one is completely good or bad. A "good" person can be "bad" when we see him/her from different perspective. A "bad" person may never be as bad as what we think of him/her. Many times, we need to step out of our self-built boundaries and tear down all the stereotype attached to one person to see right from wrong. That's what I learn from "The Witch Sea". Sarah Diemer did a very good job in showing the in-group/out-group bias through her writing. And now is our turn to see through it all in real life. Totally worth reading.
(review of free book)

Review by: J. Ellyne on Feb. 07, 2013 :
I loved the Witch Sea, a story of magic and enchantment mostly, rather than erotica, but very much a F/F love story. The protagonist (or is she actually the villain?) is a witch and her nemesis is a god of the sea. They are caught in a generation long struggle which comes to a climax when the sea god sends one of his creatures to the witch, in human form, to seduce her. They fall in love slowly. The sea creature wants to go home to the sea but the witch's magic is keeping her, the sea god, and many of his creatures, trapped on the land with a net of magic, woven originally by her grandmother. The crux of the plot is, if the witch truly loves the sea creature, she will let her go back to the sea. But then she will never see her again. It is only toward the end of the story that they finally go to bed together. The sex is described in romantic rather than pornographic terms, and it's sooooooo beautiful. So is the ending and I won't spoil it. You should read this story.
(review of free book)

Review by: J. Ellyne on Feb. 07, 2013 :
I loved the Witch Sea, a story of magic and enchantment mostly, rather than erotica, but very much a F/F love story. The protagonist (or is she actually the villain?) is a witch and her nemesis is a god of the sea. They are caught in a generation long struggle which comes to a climax when the sea god sends one of his creatures to the witch, in human form, to seduce her. They fall in love slowly. The sea creature wants to go home to the sea but the witch's magic is keeping her, the sea god, and many of his creatures, trapped on the land with a net of magic, woven originally by her grandmother. The crux of the plot is, if the witch truly loves the sea creature, she will let her go back to the sea. But then she will never see her again. It is only toward the end of the story that they finally go to bed together. The sex is described in romantic rather than pornographic terms, and it's sooooooo beautiful. So is the ending and I won't spoil it. You should read this story.
(review of free book)

Review by: Sophia DeLuna on Feb. 05, 2013 :
A beautiful, touching story. Thanks for an enjoyable and thought-provoking read.
(review of free book)

Review by: Aster Zhen on Nov. 05, 2012 :
This was thoughtful and lovely, I really enjoyed it.
(review of free book)

Review by: Kat V on March 15, 2012 :
A beautiful, vividly descriptive, poignant short story. I loved it!
(review of free book)

Review by: Jessica Stubbs on March 13, 2012 :
Loved this story- short and sweet! Really enjoyable, with a lot of depth. I was delighted with how quickly I was sucked into the story and how beautifuly it flowed. Fantastic!
(review of free book)

Review by: girafferiffic on March 03, 2012 :
I first read this short story in "Kissed by Venus" magazine, and while I enjoyed that version very much, this new "extended" version is so beautiful that it blows the old one out of the water. The story we find here is not only a touching love story, but a poignant coming-of-age tale. I thought the way Meriel grew as a character throughout the story-- as she began to challenge the things she'd always believed in, and find herself as her own person rather than just her mother and grandmother's successor-- was very nicely done. I really felt for both Meriel and Nor, and, surprisingly, even for the "villain," Galo, who came to life very movingly in an assortment of new scenes not found in the "Kissed by Venus" version. The final resolution had me smiling through tears. This is a wonderful, bittersweet story and I loved absolutely every minute of it.
(review of free book)

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