Saturday, August 21, 2021

The Sea King's Daughter - Keeper Shelf Review

Goodreads:  The Sea King's Daughter by Barbara Michaels

Rating:  Really Liked It!
Source:   Purchased

Description: Since Sandy Frederick first set foot on the volcanic Greek isle of Thera, this breathtaking place of ancient myth and mystery has haunted her dreams. Joining her estranged, obsessed father on a dive to find astonishing secrets from the ocean's floor, she cannot shake the feeling that she was meant to be here; that some ancient, inscrutable power is calling to her. But there are others who have been eagerly waiting for her arrival to drag her into a tangled and terrifying web of secrets, dark superstition, betrayal, blood, and death. And suddenly Sandy's heritage and her destiny could be her doom.

Why I Picked This Book:  I like to reread all the books on my Keeper Shelf from time to time to make sure they still deserve their place there.

My Impression: Okay, so this isn't Michaels' best.  The story is a bit convoluted and there are some aspects that aren't really fleshed out.  To be fair Sandy does say at the end that she still can't explain some things that happened but it makes for a kind of eerie mythical read at times.  The romance aspect is a bit dated and Sandy is a bit of a shallow character.

All of that said it is still such a fun read!  The setting alone earns this a place on the keeper shelf and everything Michaels writes is just so incredibly reading and captivating.  The plot is well paced and kept me fully pulled in and invested in the story.  I liked that some characters weren't redeemed while others absolutely were and nothing is quite what it seemed.  While Sandy isn't the deepest character she is incredibly honest about herself and her motivations and matter of fact about who she is which I enjoyed.  

All in all, while this isn't my favorite Barbara Michaels it still is a lot of fun and one I always enjoy revisiting.  It will be going right back to it's place on my Keeper Shelf until the next time I'm wanting a little bit of Ancient Greece with sinister atmosphere and ulterior motives.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  Michaels is a favorite of mine and I always enjoy revisiting her books.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you want a bit of an eerie story and can suspend belief then I think you would enjoy this one.


  1. One of these days I need to try this author!

  2. Great that it lived up to being on the keeper shelf and seems like a good story. Especially if you enjoy Greece, mystery and myth.

  3. I'm glad to hear it held up for you!