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by Terra Harmony

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Elemental powers in the palm of her hand…and it won't be enough to save her. When Kaitlyn Alder is involuntarily introduced to a life of magic, she becomes part of an organization hell-bent on saving the Earth. Just as her newfound life holds promises of purpose, romance, and friendship, the organization divides and a rogue member holds Kaitlyn hostage. Now


Elemental powers in the palm of her hand…and it won't be enough to save her. When Kaitlyn Alder is involuntarily introduced to a life of magic, she becomes part of an organization hell-bent on saving the Earth. Just as her newfound life holds promises of purpose, romance, and friendship, the organization divides and a rogue member holds Kaitlyn hostage. Now one of the most terrifying men the human race has to offer stands between her and Earth's survival.

Editorial Reviews

Maria Violante
"Speaking of the plot – it’s terrific, not just in creativity or in the “twist”, but also in the pacing. Water is balanced between giant, crashing catastrophes and quiet, tense moments, yet it rarely lags or feels stale or repetitive." and "Harmony does a decent job of reinventing the genre, adding in clear roots of Paganism/Witchcraft, nature-worship, and modern day environmentalism."
Jennifer Goehl
"I LOVED this book, plain and simple. I am EXCITED about this book and the books to follow. This new author has completely amazed me, sucking me into this world she has created that I didn’t want to step away from." and "I was kept on the edge of my seat through the whole book, not being able to read fast enough to find out what happened in the next chapter. Water reads fast, never lagging. I love the characters, I love the premise, I loved the writing style."
Alexia Smit
“Where to begin… ok, this book is right up my alley! I enjoyed it so much that it kept me up till early hours of the morning – I could not put it down!” and “At the end of the book there is a little sneak preview of the second book in the series, Air – that just made me want to read the second book immediately! I can’t wait for the second installment. This is definitely a series and author I’ll be following closely!”

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Terra Harmony
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The Akasha Series , #1
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Meet the Author

Terra is author of eco-fantasy novels and the Akasha Series. 'Water' and 'Air' are self-published as e-books. Book three of the series, 'Fire', will be published in October of 2012, followed by 'Earth' in Spring 2013 to complete the Akasha Series.

Terra was born and raised in Colorado but has since lived in California, Texas, Utah, North Carolina, and Virginia. Terra has served a 5½ year enlistment in the Marine Corp, has earned her bachelor's and master's degree and presently runs the language services division of a small business.

Terra currently lives in a suburb of Washington, DC with her husband of 13 years and three children.

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Water 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 136 reviews.
StarryNightBookReviews More than 1 year ago
First off this book is definitely 'adult only'. There is sexual content, some of it non-consensual. Just a heads up. Water is defiantly an original. I love the message Terra Harmony is trying to send out about our environment, which we really need to take care of it before it’s all lost. Right away the book starts off with a lot going on. Kaitlyn is a photographer she goes all around the world to photograph places. When she’s caught in an avalanche while snowboarding in the back country of Canada , She knows she will end up dying in the end because she told no one where she was going and well now she’s suck in a pile of snow. That’s when she realizes one of her hands is not as cold as the rest of her. She feels someone grab a hold of her hand as soon as she loses the battle to stay conscious. When she wakes up she finds herself in a strange place. When Kaitlyn finds out she’s meant to help save the earth she really does not believe it. I mean if someone saved you and then kidnapped you what would you think crazy right? But when she finds out she’s really the cause of all these natural disasters (not so natural anymore) She then has to make a choice that will change her life forever will Kaitlyn Stay and learn to control the power she has or will she leave and risk killing people or maybe herself next time? But when she finally makes a choice someone who works with The Seven kidnaps her and takes her off to an island and holds her captive. How do you escape an island that wants to kill you? When every time you move the earth shakes or the wind kicks up?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Going off of the other reviews...I expected more. The main character was great; she was strong and witty. Other than her, eh... The story had many elements to it, the biggest being that we need to conserve the earth, which is true, but, it took something away... Looking past that, however, the plot was really interesting (And for a free book, it was pretty long). What bothered me the most was the carefree attitude displayed when there was violence, even a rape... I just can't get passed that... and the book was slightly underdeveloped and confusing at times. At one point, the main character is in trouble in an airport and then that's it...she is saved, no questions asked and no reason why...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I definitely don't recommend this book. The main character is abused and manipulated constantly by a twisted group of people who want to save the earth. To train her they attack her and attempt rape to force her to find inner power and defend herself. She then forgives her would be rapist because he gives her a necklace. So I guess it's okay if a guy is a little bit rapey if he apologises and buys you stuff. Then she's kidnapped and raped repeatedly and graphically. I read the whole book waiting for her to finally get it together and stand up for herself. Instead she spent the whole book being a victim. The writer obviously has a very sick mind and you couldn't pay me enough to read the rest of the series. If I could give it negative stars I would.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buy the set trust me you will want the second one and so on as soon as you finish the one before it. It is for adults only.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
Kaitlyn is trying to outrace an avalanche but she is not quick enough. Instead of waking up as the dinner to a pack of wolves or even dead, she is waking up in a bed on a tropical island. How did she end up here? And why does she get the feeling it’s not safe? Soon answers start coming, albeit not quick enough, and Kaitlyn is learning new things about herself she never knew. She soon accepts her fate and starts learning how to control her powers. But before she can get a hold of this new life she is kidnapped once again. This time her captor is anything but nice. He has a plan and torture is just the beginning. So here I was about to start Water and totally thought I was going to get a Tree Hugging, Save the Earth lecture. What I actually got was anything but. It was a fabulous story with a unique storyline. Water was fresh and unlike anything I have ever read before. And the flow and balance of the book was perfect. You got the right amount of suspense, romance, and action. The author gave the right amount of detail in the book too, which left me smiling. (I sometimes will skip over several paragraphs in a book due to too much detail.) Kaitlyn is a brave, yet slightly sarcastic, woman who rose out of the ashes and only became stronger. She wasn't going to let getting kidnapped bring her down. She got fierce and was a force to be reckoned with. When up against an obstacle she always found a way to overcome it. This is no timid little girl. No way, nuh uh! I loved her and found myself wondering what she (and Micah) was up to while I was laboring away cleaning my house. Don't you hate that...knowing the characters are having more fun in their book while you are cleaning and working? BOO! But how can I go on and on about how great this book was when there is a rape involved? Do I come off as an insensitive, heartless wretch? And here I am lying in bed at 1 am writing part of this review knowing it won’t wait until morning. This book was great and heartbreaking all at the same time. I hated some of the things that happened in the book (referring to the rape) but the other things made it great. And those great things kept me reading; it as if I couldn’t get enough of the book. I don’t usually read the excerpts from the next books at the end…but this one I had to. I am completely and utterly ready to get my hands on Air. It is a must! I have to know what happens to these characters I instantly fell in love with. What will happen to Kaitlyn? Will lives be shattered even more? Will love triumph over evil? Water is definitely not YA. So please keep that in mind when you are deciding if you want to read it or not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off, I love the cover. I normally don't pay much attention to covers, but this one caught my eye. As for the story, I thought the concept was original. It is a paranormal with some romance and has an eco-friendly angle to it. The organization that Kaitlyn becomes part of is out to save the world. Some of the characters, including Kaitlyn, have magical powers that come from the earth and are related to the elements. The story starts off with action and the main character's story comes out gradually. There is plenty of action and the story is pretty fast-paced and keeps your attention. Kaitlyn's character is feisty and resourceful and she is put into situations where she shows that she is a fighter. This is the first book in the Akasha Series. The next book, Air, is out and I plan to read that as well. If you are a fan of paranormal romance and are not put off by the more disturbing aspects of the story, it is worth a read. There is sexual content, some of it nonconsensual. This is stated by the author right at the beginning. Definitely for adults.
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
Water is the first book in the Akasha series written by Terra Harmony. The Review: This book was pretty freaking FANTASTIC!!! We are immediately plunged into a sordid paranormal tale of kidnapping, ruination and life altering actions, for one Kaitlyn Alder. And IT DID NOT STOP until the very last page and even then we are left with one heck of a cliffhanger. Kaitlyn's strength of character, her tough girl act and her energy draw you to her from the moment she's first introduced. What this girl goes through from beginning to end would break any and all other persons. I literally couldn't cheer for any of the relationships she formed while being held captive, other than perhaps Alex. He seemed to be her only genuine friend, and maybe Susan, towards the end. Even the love interest, Micah, was questionable most of the time. He was her protector and did an appalling job of keeping her safe! Shawn was a depraved narcissist and needed a global pounding. His debauchery and the things he did were horrific in the extreme. I couldn't even support for the Seven organization whose sole mission was to gather (abduct in some cases) like-minded paranormal people to "save the planet". However altruistic their goal, their methods archaic! The entire book was a complete and total mind screw... and I couldn't put it down!!! What an amazing read! Wishlist: There are a few points that I want to bring up that kept me from giving this a full five stars. There were moments in the book where I felt like the story was glossed over and "told" to the reader instead of having emotional investment or descriptive writing to tell the story. Kaitlyn went through a lot of traumatic experiences throughout the book and I felt like those feelings should have been explored and expanded upon. There was no way a person in her position, no matter how strong she was, would have held brave while being kidnapped, held hostage, being forced to do things and thrown into situations she couldn't control, enduring the pain inflicted on her, and not come out an emotional basket case or able stand firm while her tormentors persisted in their cruelty. I don't mean she needed to sit around crying the whole time, but I felt like these emotions and events should have been explored more. Even at the end, we didn't get any reaction from her friends. I was left wanting. Maybe we'll see more of that in the sequel? The Wrap Up: Regardless, I'm excited to read on to book two, Air. I the creativity and ideas for this story were a wonder to read and I think this is an amazing start to what could be an exceptional series! NOTE: I read this as a R2R with The Nexus! As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate. Also, though this book is classified as YA, it contains Mature Subject Matter. Be advised.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story! You get thrown right into the excitement, the confusion! The wonderful thing about reading a completed series is you just get to keep going. Truthfully, you want too!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was fascinated from start to finish & looking forward to reading the rest of the series! Thank you Terra Harmony for the hard work! Hope a movie comes out next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books i have ever read at least kaitlyn isnt some naive weak little girl that wont fight back, she is feirce mhen this book rocks!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've never heard of eco-fantasy, don't worry, neither had I. But I'll tell you that it is entirely unique and I love when authors think and write outside of the box, providing new perspectives and Ms. Harmony certainly does that. In addition to weaving environmental issues into the storyline, "Water" is well-written, with great descriptions and dialogue. Kaitlyn is one heroine I actually like...a lot. Sassy and sarcastic, she can kick a$$ with the best of them (and does, in fact). Best of all, she doesn't play the wounded damsel-in-distress, waiting around for someone to save her. In fact, I don't think it ever crosses her mind. And then there's Micah, whom I love. Okay, maybe it's a love-hate relationship. But he's an interesting character, who I am definitely looking forward to getting to know better throughout the series. Finally, there's Shawn...shivers. And I'm not telling you if those are good or bad shivers. You'll have to find that out on your own. I devoured both this book and the next rather quickly, always eager to know what was going to happen next and find out where the author was going to take me. And she is full of surprises, I assure you. Nothing formulaic about these stories; not even a little bit. If you are tired of strikingly similar plot lines within the new adult genre, then these should be the next books you read. Note from Nevaeh: I received a free copy of both of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Story and character's The main character Kaitlyn goes through a lot while learning what it means to be the new Gaia.... she needs to remain true to herself and Micah.... Now that there are some surprises coming by the end of the book Water, and moving into book #2 Air!!! Just Pick this book and take a interesting Ride!!! This is really not a story for YA... The story line speaks for itself!!!
Archaeolibrarian 12 months ago
Have you ever read a book that you really wanted to like, but upon reading it discovered that you really didn't? Well, Water which is book one of the Akasha series is one of those books for me. There are so many elements (yes, pun intended) to this book that I should like, but somehow it just doesn't work for me. In the synopsis, it says about the earth's survival resting upon her shoulders, but that is only alluded to in the story. There can only be one Gaia at a time, but apart from the fact that Kaitlyn is strong and powerful, nothing else is mentioned. Kaitylin is our main female, and a more contrary female, liable to give you whiplash, you will never meet. She is supposed to be in her early twenties, but behaves like a child. Micah is one of the main males, and her "protector". I use speech marks because if he is my protector, then I'll do without, thanks, and take my chances. He is someone also likely to give you whiplash as he strives to be a strong, silent type. Shawn is probably the best character as he is evil, and supposed to be, and yet no one else can see it. There is a lot to this book, and like I said, I REALLY wanted to like it. I don't even mind a rape scene, so long as it is integral to the story and well written. However, with a simulated rape scene, followed by a couple of real rape scenes, it was just too much. It was like it was there for shock value, rather than to make the story move along. Yes, I feel sorry for Kaitlyn in these scenes, and yes, I can perfectly understand her anger towards Micah (she's not angry at Shawn though, she just wants to escape!), but it really didn't do much for the story itself at all. That all being said, I would say that this is well written, although a bit long-winded whilst also 'jumping'. There were no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow. I definitely believe this is a 'marmite' book. You will either love it or hate it, with no middle ground. I personally can't recommend it. Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story, the way it was written was fabulous. Loved the ideas the author put forth . There was the perfect amount of detail, and when needed she was vague enough. Looking forward to the second book in the series.
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So i do like
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545 pages. (dw)
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I know right mine too.... ugh i cant do anything...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts out like a YA book but then throws in some adult only content.
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I cant even get free things or free samples because my mom put a password fpr getting books and you cant get ANYTHING!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
water was such a amazing book i want to read tge whole series you will not regret reading this book
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Not been a teen, I could not get past the first chapter. It made my hair hurt.