Waterspell Book 1: The Warlock
Drawn into the schemes of an angry wizard, Carin glimpses the place she once called home. It lies upon a shore that seems unreachable. To learn where she belongs and how to get there, the teenage traveler must decipher the words of an alien book, follow the clues in a bewitched poem, conjure a dragon from a pool of magic--and tread carefully around a seductive but volatile, emotionally scarred sorcerer who can't seem to decide whether to love her or kill her. Book 1 of a series--the story continues in Waterspell Book 2: The Wysard.
"Intriguing premise and original characters [whose] well-crafted relationship balances in a tense power struggle ... Fine fantasy." --KIRKUS
"Grabbed my attention and kept it. It's a truly unique book." --Goodreads
"A delightful read ... tight writing, fast-moving narrative and intriguing characters." --Goodreads
"I don't see how this could avoid being a hit--I couldn't put it down. Good, complex story; well crafted, well written." --Goodreads
|Publisher:||Seven Rivers Publishing|
|File size:||594 KB|
|Age Range:||13 Years|
About the Author
I began as a journalist, or at least that's what I got my degree in. After college, I worked for a newspaper, then as a magazine editor and feature writer. These days I earn my living as a freelance editor for a national nonprofit organization. I've written three award-winning books of history and biography. I'm a member of The Authors Guild. My newest work is a fantasy, WATERSPELL, an intricate, multi-layered trilogy about a girl and the wizard who suspects her of being so dangerous to his world, he believes he'll eventually have to kill her ... which poses a problem for him, since he's fallen in love with her. My married name, and a name I've sometimes been published under, is Deborah Lightfoot Sizemore.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Waterspell is extraordinary! Remarkable! The only problem is I can't stop reading it -- how am I going to get anything else done? This is what happens when you get started with a writer who has the gift! You will love it!
this first book in the trilogy is more of a fantasy than a fantasy romance, but the seeds are in place to germinate into something more. The relationship between the characters, Carin and Verek, doesn’t really grow all that much between the start of the story and the end. I would have liked to have seen a bit more evolution between them, but I will accept that that is still to come. All throughout the book my mind was going mad with comparisons. First of all, I had Beauty and the Beast going through my head as Verek is portrayed as having a beastly personality and there is some emphasis placed on his “ruined hand” where he is missing a finger, and Carin is described as being a very bonny lass. Then we have an isolated mansion that’s fallen into decay, a small number (three) of servants, a huge library and Carin’s love of books – I think we have most of the ingredients there for Beauty and the Beast. Some way into the book I started coming up with comparisons to Trudi Canvan’s Black Magician trilogy too. In those books Sonea is scared of Akkarin to begin with but slowly comes to know and accept him and even to love him. After this, Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll is introduced. The first time the title was given and the opening read out, I didn’t make the connection as it has been probably more than 15 years since I read either Alice book. To be honest, I was very surprised that the author brought our world into the mix, as for me that puts this book precariously on that precipice between what makes a fantasy novel and what’s sci-fi. I was nevertheless interested in finding out where she would take things with the relationships between worlds. The one thing that I was not particularly keen on was the long spiels of dialogue. I’m an adherent to the saying “less is more” when it comes to dialogue as I find that whenever characters start on what are pretty much monologues, it doesn’t sound natural unless the character is presented in that way, such as Myra, Lord Verek’s housekeeper. I enjoyed her character! This being the first book in the trilogy, I find that I’m interested in seeing this through to the end and I will be reading the other two books as my reading schedule allows.
This is the first book in what promises to be a fascinating fantasy trilogy. Carin is a foundling with a secret or two even she isn't aware of yet. Sent north by the wisewoman of her village, she stumbles into Lord Verek's domain--and into some serious trouble. Verek if is a warlock with a tragic past, and while he does do occasional nice things, the man has some serious emotional baggage resulting in verbal, emotional and borderline physical abuse. I was right there with Carin, ready to escape him whenever possible, and not trusting him farther than ... well, not trusting him, period. I kept waiting for him to come to his senses and redeem himself (he had to be the most frustratingly mean character I've ever met) but he hasn't yet. I'm hoping for a major epiphany to hit him in Book 2! In addition to the tense power dynamics in the relationship between Carin and Verek, this book also intrigued me by the way "Alice's Adventures Through The Looking-Glass" was woven in. Yes, you read that right. There's a riddle here, and it's summed up in the appearance of that classical work in a fantastical land where it doesn't belong. Oh, and Carin's ability to read it. Let me stop there, before I say too much... I did find the dialogue a little too formal for me. By this I mean that a character might state two or three thoughts, and then leave it open for another character to respond. So we end up with a series of mini-monologues rather than punchy or back-and-forth dialogue. This can work in some situations, but when people are angry (specifically, both people involved are angry), no one's going to wait for someone to wind through three different points before jumping in to address the first point. In this way, the dialogue often lost its force for me. The only other aspect of this book that frustrated me was Carin's tendency to pick fights / say the wrong thing. Now, in general I wouldn't have a thing to say about this: it's a personality trait, and it's hers, and look what she gets for it! But ... but we're given to understand that Carin hasn't talked for most of her life--she started out completely silent after she was found as a child, not speaking a word for over a year. From that time till she left her town to head north, she stuck to silence as her best defense. So ... I was expecting silence to be her strength. I wanted her to know when to keep silent; and how to use silence as a weapon. But she didn't have that, and it puzzled me because it seemed inconsistent with her history. Finally, The Warlock ends on a major cliffhanger--be warned. However, it's a cliffhanger that's cleared up within a few pages in the next book. (Yes, I immediately jumped in to find out!) I'm a little ambivalent on that score. As an author, I understand the need to draw readers into the next book. But as a reader, I hate cliffhangers, especially ones that could easily have been resolved in the book in question without adding on much more length. So judge that one for yourself :) Overall, a fun and engaging read, with an intriguing premise and plenty of mystery.
The Warlock has room for improvement, but I definitely enjoyed reading this book. Even if the Alice in Wonderland hook was a little overused, the way Lightfoot used it to develop her story--and Carin's background--was imaginative and unexpected. Personally, I would have preferred the story to omit the entire "romance" part (there IS some development if you really squint) but hey, they say that "love transcends all", right? Very little, if any, profanity and will probably appeal mostly to girls 8th grade and up. You will like this book if you like fantasy and magic, and you will adore the series if you're comfortable with the age gap. If you're uncomfortable with the age difference, not to worry, the first book has very subtle developments that do not take away from the main story and can be easily missed. However, a warning in advance: the moment you finish this book, you WILL want to go on to the next!