After blundering into the last stronghold of magic, Carin discovers that she is right to fear the wizard Verek. He is using her to seal the ruptures in the void, and she may be nothing more to him than an expendable weapon. What will he do with her—or to her—when his world is again secure? Or has he erred in believing that the last bridge has been broken? The quest may not, in fact, be over … and Lord Verek may find himself not quite as willing to dispose of his fiery water-sylph, Carin, as he once believed himself to be.
My ****4 Star**** Review
If you haven’t read The Warlock (Book 1 in the Waterspell series), stop here! You can find my review for it here.
Comical scenes…great analogies…and you’re left with plenty to chew on.
I really wished Verek would’ve shown more kindness or sympathy in the beginning, but later his actions will all make complete sense – I promise! As the story progresses, you really begin to see Verek’s struggle with how to treat Carin. There were times I was downright angry with Verek. Then, I would be completely surprised to find myself in such a heartwarming scene. This book made me FEEL – and strongly! I also loved that this story was so completly unpredictable to me. It’s also one that I’d find hard to forget. That says a lot for me, too!!
On the down side, sometimes I felt like there were too many words used to get a point across. I also struggled with some of Carin’s decisions. I couldn’t relate or agree with them all.
Overall, I found myself enjoying this story more and more. By the end, I couldn’t wait to read The Wisewoman!!
Plague and pestilence have come to Ladrehdin. With their worst fears realized, Carin and Verek set out to put right everything that has gone so badly wrong. On the final leg of their quest, they retrace Carin’s journey north from the plains — accompanied this time by the village wisewoman, Megella. Along the way, Meg dredges up — from an increasingly unreliable memory — the oldest of the “old stories,” revealing how the actions of the Ancients continue to menace every life on the Wizards’ World, and beyond.
My ****4 Star**** Review
With a surprising twist at the start, this final installment of the Waterspell series started out rather interesting. As the story plays out, you still get the comical moments between Carin and Verek, but you now also get some sigh-worthy moments. Some of the things Verek says just make you want to melt. Progressing further, I was impressed with the palpable tension I felt in the conflict! If you read my review of The Warlock, then you really understand just how impressed I was with this! At one point my heart was truly racing! I felt like this was a massive improvement!
On the downside, there were times I questioned some of their actions, or merely desired to hear more conversation from them. The ending, while passion-filled, left me wishing for just a little bit more of what would happen next.
I give this a very strong 4 stars. If I had to rate the series as one book, it would also receive a strong 4 stars! While this isn’t one of those books I’d want to read over and over, it is one of those rare stories that will stick with me. It’s definitely not easily forgotten. I look forward to seeing what Ms. Lightfoot has in store for us next!!
About the Author ~ Deborah J. Lightfoot
Castles in the cornfield provided the setting for Deborah J. Lightfoot’s earliest flights of fancy. On her father’s farm in Texas, she grew up reading tales of adventure and reenacting them behind ramparts of sun-drenched grain. She left the farm to earn a degree in journalism and write award-winning books of history and biography. High on her Bucket List was the desire to try her hand at the genre she most admired. The result is WATERSPELL, a multi-layered fantasy about a girl and the wizard who suspects her of being so dangerous to his world, he believes he’ll have to kill her … which troubles him, since he’s fallen in love with her.