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Water Witch [Kindle Edition]

Cynthia Felice , Connie Willis
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On the desert world of Mahali, he who controls water rules an empire. Mahali’s rulers for generations were Water Witches, who could feel the ebb and flow of precious water in their very bones. But the royal family was slaughtered in a bloody coup, and control of Mahali’s water passed to the impersonal hands of an immense computer network.

It was Deza’s father who hit upon the scheme, dressing Deza in ceremonial garb and passing her off as the last surviving member of the royal house. Deza demonstrated water control with tricks and illusions, and in turn she and her father would be lavishly fed and bribed by off-world traders who dreamed of wealth beyond measure. When their tricks ceased to please, they would cut their losses and move on to the next con.

They were very, very good. But it’s the nature of a con man not to know when he’s about to get in over his head…

About 216 print pages
About 74,000 words

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Product Details

  • File Size: 416 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Connie Willis & Cynthia Felice; 1 edition (December 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006N0KTS4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,165 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect airline book December 10, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Water Witch isn't big literature, but it provides an enjoyable few hours in another universe. Initially, the book gives you the impression that this will be fluffy entertainment, but it delivers much more. You bite into cotton candy and find, say, a lemon meringue pie. Just a *little* more depth than you'd expected.
The story is fairly simple, but it would be easy to spoil the plot; forgive me if I'm circumspect. Basically, Water Witch takes place on a planet, long since settled by humans, where water is rare; only a water witch -- someone who's genetically sensitive to water and can feel its presence -- can control the precious resource. However, of the water witches have died out and the current princess, as you learn in the first few pages, doesn't have very much talent. Despite the short-of-water theme, it's definitely not a Dune knockoff, as the alien planet has several well thought out ecological resources.
The story is told from two viewpoints: Deza, the daughter of a con man, and Radi, who's engaged to the last princess of the Red City. Naturally the whole thing is a setup for a love story, and it doesn't disappoint.
All of the above makes this sound like a very serious novel, but it's a done with a light hand and a sense of humor. The humor of real people rather than silliness or laugh-out-loud escapades.
While the story doesn't have the interwoven zanyness that Willis accomplishes so well in her later work (which always makes me think of Katherine Hepburn movies like Bringing Up Baby), it does show signs of her development. The authors do a fine job of storytelling (sometimes you can tell whose hand was on the keyboard, so to speak, but it's rare), with more complex characters than in at least another one of their collaborations.
I enjoyed this book, and think it'd be a fine accompaniment on a long trip.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Can't dis Connie Willis March 20, 2013
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Connie's name is on this book, but don't expect it to be anywhere near her own, non-co-written books. Usually those are page turners. This one was okay, but oh so predictable. Not sorry I read it though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Space Opera April 5, 2014
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This was OK, but definitely not vintage Connie Willis. Her solo books have a sort of comedy and tragedy not duplicated here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars liked it December 16, 2013
By iya
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this was an interesting story and it kept me interested in the characters. this was the first time I read this author and looking forward to other works from this author
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More About the Author

I have written fiction and non fiction all of my life, and worked as a middle manager for some of the largest corporations in the world--usually managing technical editors--and small ones, too, as sales manager for capital equipment in technical applications. I thrived in the corporate environment. Even when the environment is hostile, it's all 'grist for the mill.'

Along the way I was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer of a professional novel in science fiction or fantasy, collaborated with Connie Willis on three novels that have found favor among young adults as well as adults, awarded Best Paper by the Society for Technical Communication, and written many solo novels of science fiction, suspense, as well as short stories, and articles. My husband and I raised our family, did a lot of cooking--our boys learned their way around the kitchen early in life-- and sharing of recipes in a fashion that continues into the next generation--"Hey, Mom, what temperature for the pork shoulder..."--but so far no cook book.

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