Sharon Shinn: Troubled Waters

Ead about a society tied so closely to the idea of the elements and their powers Most people in this society doesn t have magical powers it s mostly just the five primes and to a lesser extent their heirs But everyone in Welce carries traits of one of these elements sometimes with an aspect of another element as a secondary part of their personality kind of like how we sometimes categorize people s personalities in our society by color In Wence this is woven into the core of their culture The story contains a heartwarming romance that develops slowly and believably but doesn t ever take over the plot to the exclusion of everything elseShe could not resist leaning into him just a little just to feel his reassuring strength against her shoulder But that is my point exactly she said Who I am now and who I seemed to be then are two very different peopleNot so different that I cannot recognize you he said No matter how much you change you will always be familiar to meThere s also ite a bit of intriguing and conniving once Zoe takes her place in high society Most of all this is a coming of age story even though Zoe is already about 23 years old as the story begins as she gradually discovers who she is as a person and what she wants from lifeVery highly recommended for those who enjoy romantic fantasy that s on the ieter side and maybe even for those who don t normally read fantasy but appreciate well told tales Although I liked Archangel I believe Troubled Waters has been the last Sharon Shinn novel for me At the moment new authors sprout out of the ground like grass or nettles so it relieves me a great deal to cross one off my observation list I know that this decision is probably a harsh one after just one and a half tries especially since Troubled Waters is not a bad story There is nothing blatantly wrong with the writing or the characters or the setting Really It is rather the other way around The heroine is a kind of smooth ebergirl Zoe calmy mourns her father she levelly decides on the right things she does this at the right time the reader should not try to look into her head it is a seless endeavor and does that correctly and smiles benignly Her actions like the actions of the other inhabitants of this fantasy world are solely determined by her biologically given character set she is coru which means water and blood which results in both an affinity also the means elemental manipulation to real water and in the walter like rge to wander to go with the flow ecetera and by the three random blessings bestowed on her at birth by three strangers Beauty Love and Power The constant reminder of who was supposed to act so and so because he or she was wood or stone or air or fire left little room for letting characters just be themselves Apart from that I had the feeling that during the first 160 pages not much had really happened although that is objectively seen not true Zoe s father dies On the next day she is fetched by a messenger of the king She is driven across country in a kind a steampunk camper She flees the vehicle she settles among the homeless although she has plenty of gold sewn into her shawl She ickly acuires lovely friends and a fulfilling job and draws the random blessing of change at a temple which certainly changes her life once in a major kind of way which again felt completely eventlessunimportant to me The plot did have notable turning points but no drive no compelling force If I had not encountered some specimen of excellently captivating fantasy fiction recently I would have said high fantasy and I should just go our separate ways for a while As it is I just kick the book out Shoo Teccc do you want to give the paperback a new home Audiobook re read April 2018This is probably my favorite bookAudiobook re read February 2017Comfort read 3Audiobook re read October 2015I love this book sooooooo muchRe read January 2015Still love this a lot although this time I think the It s always risky for me to reread a book As I grow older I find that my tastes have changed and even so I find myself becoming increasingly critical of certain elements in books I sually do not reread books but recently a friend asked me for. Al city she manages to slip away and hide on the shores of the mighty river It's there that Zoe realizes she is a coru prime ruled by the elemental sign of water She must return to the palace not as an nwilling bride for the kin.

If you are looking for bloody wars on immense scales with mythical creatures of the apocalypse sword fights violent deaths foul conspiracy fast pacing this may not be the book for you to read But if you are open to something different you may end p enjoying this novelI decided to give it a try pon reading the superb review of TadianaI am happy to say I was not disappointed at all I just loved reading it now consider it as one of my favourites of Listened to this one with my daughter on our shared commute It was a great re read and sharing it with her was a great deal of fun I particularly enjoyed that sense of awe as the blessing structure reveals itself during the story and how well integrated that dynamic is in the society and people Shinn s worldbuilding is second to none and it was great to relearn that this time around Also on a reread I had lots of leisure to do the math on the calendar and find that once again Shinn s creativity is outstanding in small details tooNot that the worldbuilding is really the draw Zoe is a great character and the plot flows naturally from the interaction of her personality with those surrounding her I was drawn immediately to her as she re enters a society that had banished her well her father I loved seeing her explore find her bearings and remain herself as she decides what to support and what to ignore I loved seeing her build real relationships amid the scheming and her steady good sense despite chaos and pset I also noticed this time around how the plot flows very much like the river at the heart of this kingdomcapital city mirroring the central image of Zoe as a woman of water I don t know if that was deliberate but given that it s by Sharon Shinn I find it likelyAnyway this remains a solid five stars and I m glad I got to re experience it with my daughter Such a fun story to shareA note about Chaste The romance in this story is The Ascent of Man understated but very fun Seeing such very different people come to respect and connect with each other is a large part of the draw for me but Zoe going through so much disruption means they didn t have time for any shenanigans So this is very chaste with only a kiss or two Shinn s calendar math Dividing the year into fiveintiles and having nine days instead of weeks gives you a very even calendar with each The Grand Sophy uintile being 73 days or eight nine days with a change day left over So the calendar would actually fit current day Earth and a great deal cleaner than our weird monthsuartersweeks February 2020 Practically perfect in every way It takes its time it is perfectly focused it builds beautifully it isietly epic September 2016 This is such a cozy sweater of a book It s slow and intricate and warm and before I get too tangled in this metaphor Winners Dream uietly surprising Sharon Shinn can build beautiful worlds and populate them with original interesting people and she s at her best right here Troubled Waters is a really lovely high fantasy novel I liked it almost as much as my favorite so far Sharon Shinn book Summers at Castle Auburn Zoe is the daughter of a once powerful man in the kingdom of Welce who lived in hiding in a small village for ten years after falling from the king s favor As the story begins Zoe s father has just died and the king s closest advisor Darien Serlast swoops into town with the surprise announcement that Zoe has been chosen to be the king s fifth wife YayZoe numb with grief and shock allows Darien to take her to the capital city but as soon as they arrive there she slips away from him at an opportune moment and goes into hiding once again But life of course has in store for Zoe and she and the royal court and Darien aren t done with each other yet And magic isite literally waiting to manifest in Zoe s bloodThere are five powerful families in the kingdom each gifted with a particular affinity to one of the five elements air soul fire mind water blood earth flesh and wood bone The leader of each family the prime is gifted with extraordinary gifts and powers relating to their element Zoe soon discovers she is the coru or waterblood prime since her grandmother died several years ago Not a spoiler this is in the book s blurbIt was interesting to The author of the Twelve Hours series welcomes readers to a new fantasy world where the elements rule Zoe Ardelay receives astonishing and nwelcome news she has been chosen to become the king's fifth wife Forced to go to the roy.

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YA high fantasy recommendations and I remember enjoying this book when I first read it 3 years ago Thus I decided to revisit this book to see if it was as good as I remembered because if I m going to recommend i I just wrote a great review of this and Goodreads ate it GODDAMNITOk let me try to duplicate SOo I really like this author s other books but this one I kinda enjoyed but also didn t especially as it progressed to the endFirst let me say I have a weird attraction to books with worldbuilding that brands people at birth with personality attributes I know it goes against my whole independent philosophy but if I can identify myself as a Hufflepuff or a Green Ajah or like here a Firey sweela I m sually like SIGN ME UP Problem is in this book people refer to it SO MUCH their elemental heritage that there s almost nothing else to them It got a bit annoyingALSO double ID whammy you get three blessings at birth pulled from a barrel like power love time beauty etc that FURTHER define your life And if you re in doubt go pull something out of the barrel and the word will tell you what to do People in this world live WITH NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER It got seriously confining after a while Ok that s that So the plotmeandered I wanted to slap the main character a lot Her family situation was interesting but her actions were lethargic at best And then ALL OF THE SUDDEN towards the end she starts doing something INSANE and then NO ONE PUNISHES HER Like they should totally kill her she acts like a psycho and she GETS HER WAY It s so weird to me PLUS she has all this insane power but none of the other powerful Primes step forward to help her manage her powers at all They just string her out No wonder she acts like a crazy terrorist at the end which has no real repercussions so it was fine all along GrrAnd I didn t get the main love interest he was ok but he didn t display a lot of redeeming Harveys Revised English Grammar ualities except maybe stalkingBottom Line I ll probably read the next one But I might rant about that one too haha This is what I would call a fantasy lite story and as such is an easily accessible tale for those who maysually shy away from fantasy stories believing them to be too dense and foreign feeling to make for non stressful reading This is the story of how 23 year old Zoe Ardelay grows out from Como agua para chocolate under the shadow of her larger than life father whom she joined in banishment from the royal court some ten years earlier It s a nice story easily processed and digested and Zoe makes for a likable main character There is a small romance angle at work but if romance is your bread and butter look elsewhere The romance here is presented in drips and drabs I actually would ve liked a little so there is no danger of it overwhelming the rest of the story If action is your thing again look elsewhere because this is of a late bloomer storywith an emphasis on how Zoe moves through her new circumstances I would have liked a deeper dive into the world of the Five Families and their Primes As it is it feels like the story skimmed over and just hit the highlights See what I mean about fantasy lite But it was an enjoyable story for all that and I m curious to see how subseuent books go since it looks like each one will showcase a different character While this is notite a OMG I m in LOVE 5 star book for me it came pretty close to being at least a loved it 5 star er However in the end sadly I went with 4 stars because it was just missing that spark that would have pushed it from good to brilliant You know that spark that connection that emotional bond you feel when reading something you find truly fantastic I d hoped I d find it somewhere in these pages In fact when I started this one I felt sure that I would but it just wasn t in there for me Don t get me wrong this is a really good book If you like light fantasy with a romantic component give it a try at least You may find that elusive spark I missed To begin with it has most elements I look for when reading a fantasy romance from a smart self sufficient heroine to a stoic brooding leading man to an interesting and well developed asi magical system in this case people being linked to certain elements and those traits. G but a woman with power in her own right But as Zoe nlocks of the mysteries of her blood and the secrets of the royal family she must decide how to se her great power to rise above the deceptions and intrigue of the royal cour.

I’ve been writing stories and poems since I was eight years old My first poem was about Halloween What is tonight What is tonightTry to guess and you’ll guess right Perhaps this inauspicious beginning explains why it took me till I was in my thirties to sell a novel It occurred to me early on that it might take some time and a lot of tries before I was able to publish any of my creative w