Vodníkby Bryce Moore
When Tomas was six, someonesomethingtried to drown him. And burn him to a crisp. Tomas survived, but whatever was trying to kill him freaked out his parents enough to convince them to move from Slovakia to the United States. Now sixteen-year-old Tomas and his family are back in Slovakia, and that something still lurks somewhere. Nearby. Ready to drown him again and imprison his soul in a teacup. Then there’s the fire víla, the water ghost, the pitchfork-happy city folk, and Death herself who are all after him. All this sounds a bit comical, unless the one haunted by water ghosts and fire vílas or doing time in a cramped, internet-deprived teacup is you. If Tomas wants to survive, he'll have to embrace the meaning behind the Slovak proverb, So smrtou ešte nik zmluvu neurobil. With Death, nobody makes a pact.
Meet the Author
Bryce Moore works as a librarian in western Maine. His wife is Slovak, and they are raising their children to be bilingual in English and Slovak. Moore has lived in Trencín, Slovakia, where his brother-in-law, much like Uncle Luboš in Vodník, works at Trencín Castle. Moore studied creative writing at Brigham Young University. This is his first novel.
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Wonderful, imaginative, original. I could not put it down. An author to watch. I hope there will be more adventures with Tomas, Katka, Lesana, and the rest. I can almost imagine a sequel (hint, hint...)