- File Size: 4975 KB
- Print Length: 341 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (November 13, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 13, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076Z3GVFH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,590 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Read it. Hie thee hence to a place to buy this book (ideally the publisher) and READ IT NOW.
I'm picky AF about books, those that I give an unreserved five-star score to and want to leap up and down on the top of a building for? Yeah. They're GOOD.
I'd like to say I'm without words at how wonderful this book is, but it's honestly just that I have SO MANY positive words about it that I'm having troubling expressing myself.
This book wrecked me in all the best ways possible.
It made me curse the author, it made me so flipping MAD, I cried, sniffly sort of crying and the ugly sobbing sort of crying. I laughed, snickered, and snorted a few times too, and at the end? I hugged my tablet to my chest and I've been walking around with the goofiest grin on my face since.
I loved it so much.
Even if reading it did make me forget to eat two meals and I forgot to drink my tea.
It gave me many things I didn't know I needed to see on-page until I read them.
Trans rep- there is a whole chapter about one of the MCs that so clearly echoes exactly how I feel about my physical form some days that I cried to read it. I needed that. I needed a happy ever after kind of story for a trans person who had to choose not to be in contact with their family because of not being loved for who I am. I needed this book so very much and I didn't know HOW MUCH I needed it until I read it.
Ace rep- I'm a sex-positive ace, but it's rare as hen's teeth to find ace rep of any kind, (thank goodness this is changing) and seeing the way the author deals with a sex-repulsed ace was still healing to me because she was there, on page, and her needs were respected and met. (There IS sex in this book, on page, erotic sex, but it's not for the ace side character.)
Pain rep/cane use- I have chronic pain and use a cane and the way pain is handled in this book is so accurate, it's perfect. (It's pain from an injury, but the way the MC deals with it is true to my experience.)
Fat positivity- Fat characters are also spoken of in a positive light. I liked that too.
Bisexual representation!- On page bisexual representation. Bisexual GUY on page rep and the story isn't ABOUT being bi, they just are. Love to see that.
World building- Very gritty, realistic historical fantasy type world building.
The story itself and the author's voice is enveloping, powerful, beautiful, and lyrical.
I especially enjoyed the unique descriptive qualities to the characters, unusual choices of words can be so lovely if used well.
In dual PoV books, it can be hard to nail the two different character voices, the author nailed it in this one. I loved the very different feeling to each of the two PoV MCs, side characters were as well developed and written as the MCs.
I want more books out in the world like this and I want it now.
Content warning on graphic battle scenes, graphic shape change scenes. (I loved them, but I love gore in book/movies.)
Content warning on a (very few, I wasn't counting, but like three, I think) usages of ableist language for self-labeling.
Readability: 5 of 5 Though I pre-ordered this book, I waited to read it until I knew I'd have time to finish in one sitting. I'd heard it was really good, and I know what I'm like with a good book. I wasn't wrong, life pulled me away the first two times I tried to read this (over the past two days) but I managed to read from about chapter 3 to the end today and OMG. What a freaking amazing ride. This is not the kind of book that you'll be able to read just a chapter a night, it's just that great.
Arcs: 5 of 5 It's a little mermaid retelling, so I knew sort of what would happen, the author stuck true to the tale as far as the details, but brought a completely unique and fresh perspective to it. The tension leading up to the first turning point and then again to the climax were so masterfully done that my heart was in my throat in both places. The climax itself had me cussing out the author. SERIOUSLY. YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO BREAK MY HEART. But I'm glad you did, cause you sewed it up again, better.
Craft: 5 of 5 I need more stars for rating Ninestarpress's books. I caught ONE typo, that's it. I would've liked to see a little less passive voice, but there were really only maybe four sentences I caught it in that could've been more strongly worded (and as y'all know, passive voice is my Achilles heel in reading (writing too) so I have an unreasoning hatred for it. Four sentences of passive voice is far and away better than anything big 5 is putting out these days (barring some few authors who I will sell a kidney to buy their work if needed). This book is excellent, and it's one I'm so happy I bought and own cause it's definitely going to go into the re-read often pile. I might even buy a second bound-copy, because I want one.
Go on now, I wouldn't steer you wrong, go buy the thing!
I read What It Looks Like by Matthew J. Metzger last year and loved it, so I ran to pick up every other book from him that I could find. However, Walking on Water isn't my typical kind of book so I initially passed it up. In the end, I'm glad I gave it a shot, even if I had some small issues with the story.
Walking on Water is a The Little Mermaid retelling, and I think that's important to keep in mind. Though The Little Mermaid is a charming and exciting story, remember that the two main characters fell in love without saying a word to each other, in only a matter of days. What worked for me in a movie when I was a child didn't quite work for me in a book form, mainly because I loathe insta-love. I like my love to come from days and weeks of getting to know one another, and the depth of feeling the two MCs had in Walking on Water from just a short time together felt strange. I get attraction and even loyalty to one another, especially after their shared intense experiences, but love... yeah, I need much more to feel it. However, if you like a vibe that is more similar to the original story, then perhaps you won't mind it as much.
If you ignore the rush towards profound feelings, I think Matthew J. Metzger does a fabulous job with the story. He really has a way with words, and the historical-fantasy element really lends itself to his lyrical, dreamy writing style. The secondary characters felt very developed, and though a few plot elements were left dangling, I think the overall story was moving and effective.
My one other issue, and *warning, this is a small spoiler*, is that one of the main characters has sex with a woman after the two MCs have gotten very involved with each other. The woman part didn't bother me one bit, but I personally prefer my romances to have monogamous MCs during the course of the story unless the story is a menage or polyamory set up (and, truthfully, I tend to avoid most of those). That is just my personal preference, but I'm surprised no other reviewer has mentioned this scene.
I love a book with a trans MC, and authors like Matthew J. Metzger have been paving the way for more authors to veer off of the cis trail, so to speak. This is my 34th book with a trans or genderqueer main character, and I do a little cheer whenever another one pops on my radar. However, you don't have to be an experienced reader of romance with trans MCs to enjoy this one. The story would easily appeal to anyone who loves a good fantasy romance, especially The Little Mermaid fans.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*