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Breach Watershead: The Watershed Trilogy 1 Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1996
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From Library Journal
For eons, the Watershed protected the integrity of the three lands of Dalethica, Faerine, and Duloth-Trol, until the Sleepstealer's schemes forced a corrosive wedge in its impregnable barrier. The future of the world lies with a small band of humans and magical creatures led by a young mountain climber and a woman marked by three prophecies. This fantasy epic bears the trademarks of classic fantasy?a varied group of heroes, impossible odds, and a cause worth dying for. Strong worldbuilding and a new twist on the use of magic make this a good choice for large fantasy collections.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
If you enjoy Robert Jordan (the first book or two), you will be in for a grand time!
The worldbuilding is a variation on a common theme: the continent on which the action takes place is divided into three lands--human, faerie, and evil--determined by what sorts of liquids flow in their rivers. Unfortunately, this leads to some bizarre logical errors: for instance, when evil minions invade, they dam the rivers to cut off the flow of water. That's right, cut it off completely. Every dam I've ever seen has had a river coming out of it, but not so in Niles's world, where it disappears or something.
Overall, I would say this book works well as light fantasy--I don't mean that no one dies, but that it's a good romp that we're not meant to think about too hard. I'd recommend it for teens and for those looking for fun, simple fantasy books. It gets four stars because, although it has its flaws, it was great entertainment and left me with a happy feeling inside.
novel. It's full of interesting characters who engage the
reader and make him or her really care about them. Most
fantasy and science fiction is very poorly written, as the
action drives the book, not the writing. This book has the
best of both worlds. It's an exciting read and it's very
well written to boot! The dialogue sounds like the way real
people talk, not like somebody trying to hack out phony
It's a fantasy novel, the first in a trilogy. The usual
fantasy races are present, but with enough twists and
differences to make them fresh and exciting. Humans,
fantasy creatures, and evil creatures live in three separate
realms, physically separated. The novel begins with the evil
guys quietly penetrating the barriers. This sets into motion
a series of avalanching events that take the human hero of
the novel across the breadth of his land and into that of
the fantasy creatures.
Throughout the action, you get glimpses behind-the-scenes
in the evil realm, which gives you insight into the motivations
for the bad guys. They're not just cardboard cutouts like
in so many other fantasy novels. Parts of the novel are
told from the bad guys' points of view, which is kinda fun.
The second book in this trilogy, Darkenheight, just came
out. I grabbed a copy as soon as I saw it (in the Waldenbooks
booth at the GenCon game fair, as it happens) and read it
right away. It's just as good as the first one.
My favorite book in the whole world is The Hobbit. I've
read literally thousands of other fantasy books and nothing
has ever topped that one. The writing is generally too poor,
the characters too uninteresting or hackneyed, or the plot
is just a rip-off of Tolkien or another author. Douglas
Niles' book suffers from none of these problems. It's about
as close as any fantasy book has ever come to being as well-
plotted and well-written as The Hobbit, in my opinion.
I heartily recommend this book for any fan of fantasy
books or anyone who wants to support good writing over bad
regurgitation of tired plots and characters.
I was told by a lot of people that I should stop reading the book because it was to challenging for an eight grader, since I was thirteen then but now fourteen, but the way he got me rolled up in it I could not put it down. I even got sent down to the office for reading it on reading day in tap, tap is a 20 min. study hall. At times he had me reading until about 1-3 in the morning.
The thing I love most about this book is the characters. He gives them so much feelings, and each one gets to tell their own part of the story even the bad guys get their part in the story.
This book is a little weird in the beginning, but other wise is easy to understand and a fun filled fantasy. Where with out one character it would have gone down the drain.
The book is about an "Iceman" and how he saves his realm and his "Faerine" friends realm from the sleapstealer and his "eye", Nicodareus, and the betrayal prince of Galtigor. It is a non stop action filled fantasy with a little romance on the side. That will have you flipping page after page.
I will have to agree to what R.A.Salvatore said, "Absolutely nobody builds a more convincing fantasy realm than Douglas Niles."