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Waterspell Book 1: The Warlock - Deborah J. Lightfoot

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: Deborah J. Lightfoot / Paperback / 384 Pages / Book is published 2011-10 by Seven Rivers Publishing

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      12.06.2012 18:24
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      Girl taken in by a warlock and tries to find out her identity

      TITLE: WATERSPELL
      AUTHOR: DEBORAH J. LIGHTFOOT
      GENRE: UPPER YA FANTASY ROMANCE
      DATE PUBLISHED: NOVEMBER 2011
      SYNOPSIS:
      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.

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      I didn't really know what to expect when I started reading this book. After finishing the entire novel, I reread the synopsis for this book, I have to say that it does not cover the half of what this book is actually about. To me, this book was a journey, not just for Carin, but for all the characters. When you first meet the characters, you think that you know them and their story, but trust me, you don't.

      There are really only six characters throughout the whole book, with the main focus being on Carin and Lord Verek. I felt a whirlwind of emotions as I read this book as I could never decide whether I loved or hated each character. Each character is hiding something and as more and more about them was revealed, the more confused I felt as to what their true motives were. Whilst this was kind of annoying, it kept me on my toes and willed me to keep reading so that I could find out exactly what each character's history was. At the end of Book 1, I can't say that I know that much more about each character as everything that I've learnt has led to a million more questions, which I assume will be answered in the following novels. The character's are so compelling and you never know what to expect from them or what they're capable of which makes this book all the more exciting.

      What I found most interesting was the integration of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. It was interesting to have a well known and well loved story from our world woven into this fantasy tale. This book is written in a language that is foreign to Lord Verek, but for reason's currently unknown, Carin is able to decipher it. It is for this reason that Lord Verek decides to take Carin in, though we are unsure as to whether this is for her safety or imprisonment.

      The writing itself is absolutely fantastic with so much detail and description. The imagery was so vivid that I felt like I could see this mystical world forming around me as I was reading. Having just finished season 1 of Game of Thrones, I couldn't help but imagine that the scenery was much the same. In addition, there is a certain preoccupation with the 'North', where Carin is determined to get to, despite everyone's warnings against its many dangers which reminded me of the Wall.

      This entire book is full of suspense and intrigue and there is not way to predict what is going to happen next. The mystery of Lord Verek's abode and his magical powers alongside the mystery of Carin's history make for a compelling read. This books ends on a massive cliffhanger that leaves you wanting more and I can't wait to read the next two books which will, no doubt, be just as good!

      I highly recommend this to any readers of fantasy and anyone else looking for a good read!

      Read more reviews and the author interview at http://whats--hot.com!

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