Friday, June 12, 2015

#Review: THE WATERBORNE BLADE by Susan Murray

  5 of 5 stars

This epic fantasy follows Queen Alweena as she flees Highkell when her cousin Vasic, the traitor, attacks the citadel with the lofty goal of becoming the next King. Alweena soon finds out that her pampered lifestyle has ill-prepared her for life on the run. While being sheltered with the monks, her gift of 'the sight' takes an unexpected turn when she is brought before the ancient seer. Alweena now believes she should have never left Highkell in the first place and attempts to return. That's when everything goes sideways.

This is an exciting story full of twists and turns. The writing is sharp and the characters fully fleshed out. No one is all-good or all-evil, but fall somewhere in the middle. Alweena is a complicated young queen who tries to understand her magic while trying to stay alive one day at a time. My favorite character was Weaver, the battle hardened soldier, charged with keeping Alweena safe. The author keeps us interested as she slowly lets details about Weaver's life come to light. Just when you think you know what's going to happen, another unexpected twist throws everyone into chaos. I was sorry to see this story end on a pretty big cliffhanger without book 2 being available for sale. Fans of epic fantasy will thoroughly enjoy this action-packed 500+ page novel.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.