- File Size: 584 KB
- Print Length: 292 pages
- Publisher: Connie Willis & Cynthia Felice; 1 edition (December 16, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 16, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006N0KTS4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,366 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Water Witch: a young adult novel of fantasy, magic, and romance Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Anastasia like, con-artist Deza impersonates a missing princess as part of a scheme to extract money from a rich family, then realizes that she may actually be a princess after all. Luckily, she's already sleeping with the prince.
Like all the novels co-authored by Willis and Felice, "Water Witch" is simple and fun, fast-paced and adventurous, with a good sense of humor and a hint of romance. I found it a little disjointed and difficult to follow compared to some of their other works together, but it's totally worth a read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was OK, but definitely not vintage Connie Willis. Her solo books have a sort of comedy and tragedy not duplicated here.Published 22 months ago by John T. Penniston
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. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Rosemary
I have been rereading this book over and over again since it was published and was disappointed that there is no kindle edition. Read morePublished on April 25, 2012 by Angela