Waterspell Books 1-4
How far would you go to find where you belong?
by Deborah J. Lightfoot
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Pub Date 21 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 01 Dec 2023
Making a place for yourself in a world where you don’t belong takes courage. So does moving in with a warlock. Especially one who is a cauldron of seething anger on his worst days … half mad on his best … who is thinking, perhaps, of killing you. And you can almost understand why he would do it. But you’ll fight to stay alive. Because maybe—just maybe—you’ve found the place where you belong: On his world, in his magic, saving the warlock from himself.
Waterspell, in four books, tells the story of the lost traveler Carin, who is drawn into the schemes of a hot-tempered, emotionally damaged wizard. Does he view her as nothing more than an expendable weapon in his fight to save his world from lethal alien plagues? Or will Lord Verek find himself wavering, when it comes time to dispose of his fiery water-sylph?
“A marvelously complex and captivating fantasy series.” —The Published Page
“The story just keeps getting bigger and bigger.” —Book Briefs
A Note From the Publisher
—Paperback release November 17, 2023
—Ebook available December 1, 2023
"I devoured it ... literally consumed by the originality and depth Deborah brings to her characters. She provides a strong balance between action, adventure, fantasy, and romance and Carin's combination of pride and vulnerability make her a fabulous character! Quite frankly, I am just astounded by the emotions this book stirred in me. It is simply extraordinary." —Lady Vigilante
"An extremely well written fantasy story ... flows well with a very readable style that holds your interest throughout. The world building is solid and intriguing, the magical aspects well drawn and versatile and characterisation is energetic so that you are immediately invested in their future. All in all a marvellous addition to the fantasy genre and I would recommend it for lovers of magical mystical tales." —Liz Wilkins
“In this four-book saga, the author has created an epic fantasy world full of magic, danger, romance, and travel through time and space. The characters are vivid and complex, including a young woman on a hero’s quest, and a powerful warlock who isn’t sure whether to kill her or embrace her. This is a most enjoyable read for fans of fantasy and fine writing.” —Shirley, NetGalley
“I loved that this story was so completely unpredictable. It’s one that I’d find hard to forget.” —Ali’s Books
Waterspell springs from the realm of epic fantasy (with an environmental fantasy twist). It's got ancient and mysterious magic, a passage from one world to the otherworld, a (reluctant) Chosen One, a Hero/Heroine's Quest, and a search for belonging and redemption. It's a portal fantasy with complex characters and the gothic sensibilities of Jane Eyre. There's mystery, murder, and a little slow-burning, unconventional romance. Think "Jane Eyre meets a sorcerer."
ISBN 9781737717324 (ebook)
ISBN 9781737717317 (audiobook)
Average rating from 4 members
"Waterspell Books 1-4" by Deborah J. Lightfoot is a captivating fantasy series that explores the theme of finding one's place in a world where one doesn't naturally belong. The narrative follows Carin, a lost traveler, who becomes entangled in the complex and tumultuous world of a warlock named Lord Verek.
The series, comprised of four books, delves into the challenges and courage required to carve a space for oneself in an unfamiliar and magical realm. Carin's journey is fraught with danger, especially as she moves in with Lord Verek, a warlock with a tempestuous temper and a history of emotional wounds. The relationship between Carin and Lord Verek is central to the narrative, with Carin fighting not only for her survival but also seeking a sense of belonging in a world filled with magic and uncertainty.
The character of Lord Verek adds depth to the story, presenting a warlock who grapples with anger and emotional turmoil. His internal struggles, combined with external threats such as alien plagues, contribute to a rich and layered narrative. The series explores whether Carin is merely viewed as a disposable tool in Lord Verek's quest to save his world or if there's a deeper connection that might alter their fates.
Deborah J. Lightfoot skillfully weaves a tale of magic, survival, and self-discovery. The fantasy elements are well-crafted, immersing readers in a world where the boundaries between reality and magic blur. The author's descriptive prose creates vivid imagery, bringing the fantastical elements to life.
The overarching plot, spanning the four books, keeps readers engaged with its twists and turns. The series not only provides a thrilling adventure but also delves into the complexities of relationships, personal growth, and the impact of one's choices.
"Waterspell Books 1-4" is a must-read for fantasy enthusiasts who enjoy immersive world-building, well-developed characters, and a storyline that seamlessly blends magic and human emotion. Deborah J. Lightfoot's series offers a compelling exploration of the journey to find one's place, even in the most magical and challenging of worlds.
I stayed up late many, many nights to read what happened next in this series... it's definitely a page turner and keeps you guessing. If you love adventures, and excitement you will love this series.
Waterspell Series book 1-4 by Deborah J. Lightfoot was an exciting action packed adventure.
I really enjoyed this new to me fantasy/romance story.
I thought it was very well written and the characters were so entertaining and intriguing.
I’m excited for book 5 The Karenina Chronicles.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Seven Rivers Publishing, Victory Editing for the opportunity to read this ahead of its publication date in return for my honest review.