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Waterspell Book 2: The Wysard Paperback – October 31, 2011
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"Not a word wasted or out of place. Strong, compelling, intriguing, taut. A real pleasure to read such mature, competent writing." -Judge, SouthWest Writers Contest, Science Fiction/Fantasy Novel
"Fresh. I really liked the relationship that was being set up between Carin and Verek." -Judge, Frontiers in Writing Contest
From the Back Cover
Lord Verek looked at her with something peculiar in his gaze.
"It's late," he said. "You and I must speak of many things, before this journey's done, but tonight you should rest--for we'll be off on the morrow before the sun is over the world's edge." He canted his head. "Pray favor me, however, with a bit of thought in that nimble brain of yours, and consider the words I spoke to you today. As the sleeper shuts the window against the fiends of night, and the gateman hoists the drawbridge in the enemy's face, you may be called to like service. Think on what I say."
The wizard strode to the door and was gone. Carin barred it behind him, then stripped to her skin for another night between smooth sheets.
Sleep did not come easily, however, on top of a cold, greasy meal and Verek's odd speech. His words echoed in her mind. Why did the warlock speak so pointedly of evil things crawling through the night, as though he wished to fill her dreams with frights?
The last misty notion in Carin's head, before sleep nudged it away, was a vague impression of a wobbly rope bridge--its near end anchored to the side of a mountain, its far reaches seeming to float on a mirror-smooth ocean--with an army of demons and firedrakes, corpse-candles and creeping horrors, massed on that far shore and making ready to cross.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is even better then the fist, and a great example of why I love a great series. I love getting to know the characters and following their journey from book to book.
With the first book there was a lot of world building building (understandably so). This book had a lot more character information. My favorite character, Lord Varek is still hard to figure out, but I love him all the more for it. I can't wait for book number three!
If you love epic fantasy you will LOVE this series.
I read The Warlock and The Wysard one after the other over the course of the weekend. Because the second is a continuation of the first, I'm not going to separate them for this review. These books are what I consider high or epic fantasy. While the character's age could technically put this series in the YA or New Adult category, I think these books read more like traditional adult fantasy.
I have to admit, I enjoyed the second book quite a bit more than the first. Perhaps because the author delves further into the characters themselves, and less in the world building. Creating a fantasy world from nothing is no easy task, but I've always been drawn more to characters than to lyrical descriptions of a fantasy world. For me characters make or break the story. No matter how beautiful the world is, if the characters fall short of expectations, I won't like the novel.
That said, I found the warlock Theil Verek to be fascinating; he is the type of character that would make me plow through book after book just to learn more about him. With main character Carin, I went through bouts of liking her, then disliking her, and then back to liking her. She grew so much, from a distrusting girl to an admirable woman in the course of the first two books. Myra, the housekeeper, drove me to distraction. Had I been forced to reside with that woman, I would've worn ear plugs 24/7 to drone out her incessant squawking. (Maybe I liked the 2nd book better since she was absent for much of it). The Woodsprite was about as annoying as Myra, but I did like him much better.
The imagery is beautiful. Lightfoot does an excellent job immersing us in her fantasy world. It was so easy to picture everything about this world, from the characters themselves to the physical world. The plot is interesting as well. I really enjoyed the references to Lewis Carroll. Whenever I read a series, I usually have issues with how the books end. I thought the first ended a bit abrupt, however, it was a great ending. The second book's ending just left me feeling happy. It had closure along with creating excitement to read more about Verek and Carin.
If you like epic fantasy that sweeps you to amazing, immersive worlds and while following intriguing characters, be sure to add this series to your to-read list.
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The story begins with Carin still under Verek's 'protection' (i.e. as his sort-of-prisoner). Carin, Verek and Lanse are travelling northwards on an unknown mission. As with the last book Verek is still something of a mystery. He ranges between extreme anger and cruelty to being caring and almost sweet.
Carin is determined to find out where she belongs and also to figure out what the mysterious message/poem written by Verek's Grandfather in the lost book means. She also wants to learn more about Verek's role in his family's downfall.
Lanse is still mistrustful of Carin and is constantly trying to 'off' her. Verek seems torn between wanting to be rid of Carin and wanting to gain her trust. Carin is starting discover more about herself and about the source of wysard's powers.
A sweet, fantasy adventure with an old fashioned feel and interesting characters.
4 Stars in my Sky!
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
I really wished Verek would’ve shown more kindness or sympathy in the beginning, but later his actions will all make complete sense – I promise! As the story progresses, you really begin to see Verek’s struggle with how to treat Carin. There were times I was downright angry with Verek. Then, I would be completely surprised to find myself in such a heartwarming scene. This book made me FEEL – and strongly! I also loved that this story was so completly unpredictable to me. It’s also one that I’d find hard to forget. That says a lot for me, too!!
On the down side, sometimes I felt like there were too many words used to get a point across. I also struggled with some of Carin’s decisions. I couldn’t relate or agree with them all.
Overall, I found myself enjoying this story more and more. By the end, I couldn’t wait to read The Wisewoman!!