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Sounding Waters Paperback – July 7, 2011
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About the Author
Brandy Hoskins, previously a construction worker, has been a fantasy buff for over a decade. She lives in Richmond, Kentucky with her husband, two kids, two cats, and a dog. Now a stay at home mom, she devotes all of her time to writing novels and entertaining her family. This is her first novel.
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One thing I really enjoyed about Sounding Waters was my inability to guess what would happen next. Each time I thought I'd figured out some of the mysteries present in the book, a new twist would occur that would cause me to reassess what I'd read so far. These creative (and logical) surprises continue all the way until the final page of the book. I'm not going to say anything more because part of the fun of this book was in learning about the story as it occurred.
In closing, if you enjoy well-written fantasy, then you really need to order or download a copy of Sounding Waters today!
The world is well written, the idea of societies that are built around tradition and physical attributes such as gender has been done before. Hoskins puts her own spin on it quite well and creates a believable village political system.
The main characters are engaging and likable. Seraphix and Gaius are both young adults learning to cope in the world, Aserias makes a wonderful father/grandfather figure who is wise and caring. Pen is just adorable. The villains in this book are very well written, from the petty evil of a controlling society to the big bad evil that is taking over the land.
As well as the main plot, there are sub-plots that develop the characters well.
The reason I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 was because as much as I enjoyed the narrative, there were a couple scenes that threw me right out of it. Characters that didn't behave in a realistic fashion. But it was only a handful of scenes and it didn't throw me out enough to put stop reading. I finished the book in an evening and did recommend it to my teens as one they might enjoy.
While two of the main characters are young adults and this could be a ya novel, there is off screen graphic violence and some plot integral adult language.
I did enjoy it, and hope to read more books by this author.
Disclosure- I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, after making it clear that my review would be my honest opinion. And it is.
Though Sounding Waters is her debut novel, B.T. Hoskins has done a wonderful job of creating a unique world that is filled with unforgettable characters. I kept turning the pages wondering what would happen next as my heart went out to Sera. The author has done a wonderful job at balancing Sera to be an incredibly strong and fragile character simultaneously. Just as she begins to open her heart to the possibility of having friends, maybe even love, there always seems to be a force against her.
I felt as though the ending was a little abrupt and maybe could have had more of the twists explained but that is just my personal opinion. There is some minor adult language that is integral to the storyline but Sounding Waters can easily be enjoyed by young adult fans of fantasy novels. If you like fantasy novels, definitely check out Sounding Waters.
When Seraphix meets a young man by the name of Adale her future is set in motion and once it begins she is unable to stop it. Escaping death and fleeing the town that right up to the very end rejected her; she is brought to the realization of the world outside of Kretia. Seraphix learns that the land of Sounding is cursed by a hateful creature named Aurochis. Trying to espcape the trail of death she connects with another family and together they search for a way to survive in a world full of turmoil.
Told from the view point of various charismatic characters Sounding Waters explores the ever complicated issue of good versus evil. Hoskins has created an intricate web in this story connecting each person and giving you just enough, but leaving you wanting more, as she pulls back and takes you to the life of another character. Sounding Waters will have you at the edge of your seat eagerly anticipating what comes next. Will Seraphix and her new friends defeat the Aurochis? You'll have to read the book to find out!