Burning Water (Diana Tregarde Investigations Series #1)

Burning Water (Diana Tregarde Investigations Series #1)

by Mercedes Lackey
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Burning Water (Diana Tregarde Investigations Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
This is the first novel by Mercedes Lackey involving Diana Tregarde. There are two others, Jinx High and Children of the Night. I read somewhere they didn't sell relatively well, and because of that Lackey doesn't intend to write more of them. I consider that a shame. Lackey is a favorite author and the Tregarde books are among my favorites by her. Before LK Hamilton's Anita Blake, before Buffy, Lackey was writing an appealing, strong heroine in Urban Fantasy and she was unusual back then in presenting pagan beliefs and Wicca in a positive light, and I think that gives a kind of verisimilitude to Diana and her supernatural investigations. The Aztec material is interesting and unusual in being used in fantasy and this is an engaging and fun read.
PhoenixFalls More than 1 year ago
I'm reading the Diana Tregarde novels in chronological order, rather than publication order, so I came to this novel after Children of the Night. Given that, it does feel like a stronger novel -- I was involved right away, rather than spending the first 1/3 wondering if I should bother. Part of that is that I was now used to Lackey's rather purple style, but part was also that there is far less of the stream-of-consciousness italics that so bogged down Children of the Night for me. Part of it is also that the other primary viewpoint character in this novel, Mark, is much more of an active participant rather than victim, as Dave was. Very importantly, there is a reason provided for Diana totally missing the obvious answer to all her of questions for a hundred pages while Lackey got the action going. The fact that an essential clue simply slipped Diana's mind in Children of the Night annoyed me to no end, and while it was just as annoying here, at least she forgot for a reason. Incidentally, the names in these novels are starting to annoy me. Everyone has an extremely common one or two syllable name, and an obvious nickname. That makes it very hard to separate characters that are introduced at the same time: in Children of the Night I never got the band members sorted out, and in Burning Water I still can't remember which of the Mountainhawk brothers is which. (I also had to flip back through the book and find their name -- again -- to write this review, because it too simply blended into the prose without impressing itself on me.) Another thing that threw me in both novels was that in both someone that one of the viewpoint characters is close friends with ends up dying -- but due to the circumstances of that death, none of the other characters seem to mind much. That simply struck me as false -- no matter how much a friend may have brought trouble down on him or herself, I can't imagine myself being as blase as these characters are. Given all that, I did barrel through the novel in a single afternoon. It's lightweight, has some humor to it, and while I wouldn't exactly call these novels mysteries -- the audience always knows exactly what's happening -- they are serviceable supernatural thrillers.
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Kylee-in-CT More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this book. I've heard good things about Lackey's Halfblood Chronicles. The friend who loaned it to me (aka my s-i-l Jenn) seemed to really like it. I just couldn't love it. I DID like Burning Water, but I definitely didn't love it. Something to do with the style or her writing; like she's more comfortable writing her Elvish tales than contemporary fiction (Burning Water was published in 1989).
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The storyline was pretty good, but the writing style was rather dull and that detracted from it. It was kind of hard to stay interested in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was sooo sad when i started reading Ms.Lackey and found out that these books were out of print (all because of some psycho stalkers - pah!). But now they're being re-issued! I finally got my hands on a copy of this book... and i finished it in lees than a day! A great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the second Diana Tregarde book I read- the first being Children of the Night- and I didn't regret taking the time. A tad disappointing- not much romance going on- and after meeting Andre LeBrel in Children of the night!- but plenty of action, food for thought, and good plotting. I recommened this title to any Diana Tregarde 'fan', or anyone into modern magic- aka magic in todays world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently re-read these three books and re-discovered what a clever writer Mercedes Lackey is. Only now do i realize that she's given us the Guardian's side of the story found in the books listed below. Anyone who's read the Eric Banyon set will notice a certain connection of Nightflyers and the New York 'Guardian' house. These books are all a very good read, as always.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Diana Tregarde is a fearless, feminist, and fun heroine. The story line was scary and compelling. Well written throughout with an engrossing story line. I can't wait to read the second book in this series. Very nice work, Mercedes Lackey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book. It was a good mystery and suspense story, as well as having some supernatural powers and occurances. If you like both fantasy and mystery suspense read this, but if you don't, you might want to reconsider. Also, the book can get a little creepy, so if you don't like that stuff, don't read this. If none of that stuff bothers you, I would definitely recommend this book because it is exceedingly well written and has a good plot. The star I took off was only because this is not a good book to read late at night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really great book. Lots of action and you really care about the characters. Shae should write more Diane Tregarde books.