Troubled Waters

Troubled Waters

by Sharon Shinn
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Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn

National bestselling author Sharon Shinn introduces a rich new fantasy world, one in which people believe that five essential elements rule all things and guide their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441020898
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Series: Elemental Blessings Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 362,020
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

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Troubled Waters 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a nice relief from all of those silly teen books that have crappy writers and all sound exactly the same. I was so tired of all the twilight wanna be's I thought I was going to die..I was looking for something refreshing and different. I thought the book was fabulous. She is fantastic at weaving stories where you can picture another land, along with characters containing growth and backgrounds we can all relate to.
harstan More than 1 year ago
While grieving the death of her father Navarr of the flame, Zoe Ardelay receives a surprising visit from the capital Chialto where she and her late father once fled to rusticate in safety. King Vernon sent Darien Serlast to bring back Zoe as the fifth bride of the monarch in order for a numerically balanced court. The Five Families fight through their respective queen to propel their offspring as the heir. Zoe met the ruler before her father fell out of favor and learns from Darien that his family possesses all that hers once did. However, before entering the castle, Zoe slips away to the nearby river where she is stunned to realize she is the "Coru Prime" of another family Lalindar of the water. Ergo she is no longer the next bride of Vernon. Zoe explores her new power and investigates palace secrets while facing danger from envious enemies, many of whom remain shadowy unknown adversaries who reject an upstart new dynamo. She and Darien also are attracted to one another, but both know many will use their desire as a weapon to destroy both of them. Zoe's biggest lesson at court is trust no one as everyone seems manipulative with a personal agenda to move up the ladder without regard for others. Troubled Waters is a great opening political fantasy that is filled with a strong cast, wonderful refreshing laws of magic and court intrigue. From the moment Darien arrives for Zoe, the story line never takes a respite as this is a fast-paced thriller. Sharon Shinn affirms what her fans already knew from the Twelve Houses saga that the author is one of the best fantasists; with her new series loaded with action yet introducing the key characters and significantly the mathematics of magic. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shinn has done an excellent job of building her new world of Welce. The characters are fascinating and convincing, the world is convincing, the plot well-paced. The last 50 pages or so wrap up too quickly...but I assume the sequel is already in the works. I look forward to it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creative worldview and a well crafted story, as we've come to expect from this author.
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I loved Troubled Waters and was happy to see a new and unique world created by Sharon Shinn. I don't want to give much of the book away but I thought it was interesting to see Zoe come into the prime powers and how she used them. While I did like the book, I did get frustrated because every time Zoe did something questionable that caused conflict it was like nothing had happened at all and there were no true consequences or hurdles to overcome. I still loved the book though and I hope that she writes another book giving more insight into this world! I would love to read about Zoe and the other characters again! There's definitely room for a sequel!
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Troubled Waters is an exciting, unique, riveting story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and wished there was more at the end! Any lover of adventure, intrigue, and romance will think "Troubled Waters" is a winner.
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This book was really well written, I have to say. Zoe at firsts seems docile and like she just might be weak, allowing everyone to push her this way and that. But she had a spark in her and she turned out to be totally different. it was interesting to see her cope with her grief and watch her figure out who she is and become such a strong character. I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.
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An enjoyable read. My only complaint is the too obvious tarot imagery. As I was reading some of the character descriptions I could picture the corresponding cards perfectly, especially the queens. It made the story feel a bit more shallow than some of her other books. If you're unfamiliar with tarot, you probably won't be bothered by this, and it wouldn't stop me from buying the book again. Hope we see more of this world in future books.
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LadyChauncy More than 1 year ago
This starts out interesting but doesn't progress much. It's too girly with talk of cloths, shoes and hairstyles. Not enough magic and fantasy. Gave it 3 stars because it is written well but more imagination is needed. The elements are there it just doesn't go anywhere exciting.
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