Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Watersmeet by Rachel Cotterill Review

When a stranger tells her she's a mage, Ailith is intrigued but she's also afraid. Magic is heresy, and heresy means death under the Temple Law. Even literacy is suspect in a girl of her background, and her sister's impending wedding only serves as a reminder that she should be focusing on her future. Then a local priest asks her to rescue his son, and she starts to wonder if her talents could be a blessing, after all.

The Lord Baron of Watersmeet, Leofwin isn't accustomed to welcoming uninvited visitors. A commoner turning up at his gates should be no more than a minor footnote to his day, but something about Ailith catches his attention. Alchemy can be lonely work and an apprentice might be just what he needs.

As their lessons grow into shared experiments, Leofwin wonders if he might even trust her with his greatest challenge. But Ailith can't forget why she came to the castle.

I don't typically read fantasy, but the synopsis really did catch my eye and I'm glad I went out of my normal comfort zone and gave this story a try. I also like the creative spin on alchemy. This story is unique and fast past but the reader does not get lost in the story which makes it ever better. Also, even though the reader introduced to a story already in progress, the reader is given sort of an explanation to what they just opened so the reader is not confused. I love that the story is about even though writing and magic is not allowed, but Ailith can read and write. But because she knows how to, she must keep it a secret. The story keeps unfolding and we find out that Ailith has more hiding....

For those that read si-fi/fantasy, I recommend. For those that do not, I encourage you to give it a try.

I received this book for review

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