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  • Posted May 4, 2009

    What a great read!

    What a great read! Abisina, Harat, and Reushlan are all fully realized characters. The supporting characters and even villains are complex. I loved that Abisina was both defiant and all too willing to believe what others had said about her. That her father both fails her and saves her rings true for all of us who have to grow up without our fathers. What I loved more than anything though was that her mother's love reached out and lifted her beyond what everyone else had said about her as an outcaste. Isn't that what we want from our mother's love, to sustain us when all else fails? This is a well written book with a fully realized world and a plot that moves at a briskly thoughtful pace. By that I mean, character and setting don't get lost in the journey, nor does their development slow down the pace of book. Indeed all elements of this book work together. There are dark and even a few gruesome moments, an excellently realized battle, and moments of great joy and peace. I was left wanting to know what would happen next in Vran and in Watersmeet. After I finished the book my own mind spun out several possible scenarios for the next book which for me is always proof of a thoroughly satisfying read. I look forward to the next installment.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    W-A-T-E-R-S-M-E-E-T. The word easily rolls off my tongue. The cover with the picture of the girl caught my attention first. She has the look of a scared, caged animal. I want to know what Watersmeet is. As I usually do with fantasy books, I dove into this book with gusto. Any book that can keep me interested from beginning to end and not drag is a good thing.....

    First time novelist Ellen Jensen Abbott has impressed me with her book, WATERSMEET.

    There are many forms of prejudice in Vranille. Every day it is a fight for survival for Abisina. Shunned constantly and roughly pushed aside by others, Abisina is an outcast just because of how she looks. The worst thing about being an outcast is the all-consuming loneliness she felt on an everyday basis. There's always a fight for food and no one, unless they were an outcast themselves, is allowed to talk to her.

    The only thing that kept her alive was her mother, who was the village healer. Things are about to go from bad to worse for Abisina. Someone other than her mother is about to come into power, meaning bad news for all outcasts.

    Forced to flee, she heads to Watersmeet for help in the form of her father, a man she has never known. Along the way, she sees fauns, has a run-in with centaurs, eats a poisonous mushroom to save herself, faces minataurs, and has the courage to continue on.

    Will Watersmeet be her salvation or her downfall?

    The teacher in me came out as I was reading this book - you can easily make comparisons between this fantasy world and the real world we live in. How many times have people in this world faced prejudice, violence, and oppression, all because they were different than the ideal that society has imposed? Remember the Holocaust and Hitler? I saw many similarities between Charach and Hitler. Both were very charismatic leaders and no one saw the evil side of them until it was too late. You can do a lot of interesting activities in the classroom with this book.

    Abisina changes a lot in the course of this story. There were many challenges she faced that brought upon these changes. First and foremost, and probably the most important, is that she had to look at the prejudices in herself. Once that was done, she became more forgiving, accepting, and tolerant. This, of course, is crucial if she wants to continue the legacy of Vigor.

    Does that mean we will see more of Abisina in the future? I certainly hope so.

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

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    Excellent Read!

    When I picked this up I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but it grabbed me from the first page and I couldn't stop reading! This was an excellent Young Adult novel. The main character, Abisina, was fascinating and raw. Everything, from the storyline, to all of the characters, to the history of this world that Mrs. Abbot has constructed, seems so real and alive-very much like the trees that she wrote about that lived in Watersmeet. It was humorous and tragic, heartwarming and it made me angry in parts. Any book that makes you feel so many emotions is a treasure. And I haven't even begun on the writing! This woman knows her stuff! There was not one instance where I read a line and thought, "That doesn't seem right." This was beautifully written. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment!

    My only issue: What happened to Jorno? I kept expecting to see him pop up somewhere, and I find it hard to believe that such a brilliant character would be destroyed so quickly in the story. I'm holding out for hope that he'll appear in another book.

    Parents: In case you're wondering, this book contains lots of violence and abuse and bullying, but no sex. Think Lord of the Rings and Narnia.

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