Urban Fantasy Land's 2008 Readers' Choice Awards
"From the first page of Seaborn
, you are immersed. Chris Howard navigates a wild
ride through a brilliantly edgy and richly atmospheric alter-world. Here is a fresh,
formidable spin on sf/f and Howard is a talent to watch out for. Seaborn
will leave you spellbound" —National Book Awards Finalist Adele Griffin
is a mix of The Little Mermaid
story tossed with a limb or two of zombies
and entranced with a crimson droplet of ‘I see dead people’. It is a refreshing step away from
the cliché vampire or werewolf book; after all who really writes about things that go bump in the sea?
In a tale of two worlds colliding, humans and the Seaborn battle for the control of Poseidon’s regime
of the ocean, while bits of environmental controversy ooze through the pages like a hidden agenda.
—Angela Longstreet, BookFetish
"Dark and atmospheric, Seaborn
is an imaginative new entry in the world
of paranormal fiction." —Liz Maverick, author of Wired
"Seaborn is no regular fantasy about mermaids. It is an epic,
created with a linguist's, a sociologist's, and a poet's touch....Chris Howard
has created a rich complicated world....We are
obviously in the hands of a great writer..." —Blogcritics
"Chris Howard is to be applauded for Seaborn's unique (or at least rare) in
setting of the sea....So this will suit readers who've had enough of vampires,
witches, psychics, fae and whatnot. Originality is the key selling point here,
as is Mr Howard's
startling array of talents" —
"This is a must-read, must-have and worshipped. This mythology junkie is more
than satisfied and begs people to buy more than one copy as soon as possible. If
I am correct, after several generations a first issue of this will be quite
valuable." —Temple Library Reviews
"Chris Howard is someone I will be paying close attention to from this day
forward. As a debut novel Seaborn succeeds where many others in the same class
have not. It puts together a fascinating new world (within our own), drawing
from Greek mythology and developing that into its own unique fantasy creation.
—Fantasy&SciFi Lovin' Review
is the first novel for Chris Howard, and what an amazing tale it
is. From the underwater society to the surfacers on land, the detailed account
of preparation and battle is vividly drawn....This is a book I'd recommend to
fantasy readers, but horror
fans should enjoy Aleximor and Corina's tale as well." —
"A new world is born in this fantasy work of art. The
sea has alot on offer in
this fresh and unique debut book by Chris Howard. With some darkness, a lot of
depth and some fantastic characters this is a must read for any fantasy fans who
like the sea aspect or who just want to try something a little different." (A
PNR Reviewer Recommended Read) —
"I am not sure how Juno got their hands on this novel, but they landed quite the gold mine at least for urban fantasy readers. I may sound extreme, but here goes: This is a must-read, must-have and worshipped. This mythology junkie is more than satisfied and begs people to buy more than one copy as soon as possible. If I am correct, after several generations a first issue of this will be quite valuable." — UrbanFantasyLand Reviews
"As epic fantasy Seaborn
is imaginative and flush with mythological
detail. The ocean dwelling Seaborn culture is fascinating....a fresh and
entertaining read..." — SciFiGuy
"In Seaborn, Chris Howard explores a new dimension of urban fantasy. Rather than
keeping to the city as the genre would imply, Howard delves into an undersea
world....[and takes] readers in a new direction. His passages are densely packed
with detail and each chapter reads
smoothly. His characters appeal to all readers, whether they are familiar with
the genre or not....I would strongly suggest that fantasy lovers who are tired
of vampire novels check this book out." — Flamingnet
takes the reader on a non-stop above and below the sea adventure. It
follows many different story lines that come together at all the right times.
The fast-paced chapters will have you up all night not wanting to miss what is
going happen next...You won't want to put this book down." — DCL
"[A] fascinating read." (four stars) —RTimes Book Reviews
All Life began in the ocean.
The tides, the salt, the rolling waves are in our souls.
And the sea will always have the power to call us home.
There is a world deep under the sea, a kingdom that has endured thousands of
years without the modern world knowing it exists.
Those who dwell there are Thalassogenêis: Seaborn
Kassandra is the Seaborn king's granddaughter--the one he wishes he'd killed
when he'd had the chance. She comes from the sea, but she has spent her whole
life in exile on the surface, learning to control strange and frightening
powers she barely understands. But now she's ready to declare war
on the murderous king.
Corina Lairsey is a scuba-divi ng Californian who has freed herself from a
controlling relationship...andfinds herself in another. Only this time,
Aleximor, an ancient Seaborn sorcerer, is literally inside her head and wearing
her body. Corina must strive for control of her self, fighting against time as
Aleximor trades pieces of her life away in exchange for power over the path
between the worlds of the living and the dead.
Aleximor wants revenge for his 400-year imprisonment and his dangerous
machinations threaten to destroy both young women and the world of the Seaborn.
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