Book Review: Water, by Terra Harmony

 

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Water (Book One in the Akasha Series)

The Genre

Eco-Fantasy

The Author

Terra Harmony served a 5 1/2 year enlistment in the Marine Corp, and has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a master’s degree in Linguistics. She lives in a suburb of Washington, DC, with her husband and three children.

The Plot

When Kaitlyn Alder is involuntarily introduced to a life of magic, she becomes part of an organization hell-bent on saving the Earth. Just as her new-found life holds promises of purpose, romance, and friendship, the organization divides and a rogue member holds Kaitlyn hostage. Now one of the most terrifying men the human race has to offer stands between her and Earth’s survival.

Warning: Contains mature content and sexual situations (some non-consensual). Reader discretion is advised.

The Review

Water is a well-written and engaging eco-adventure romance that kept me intrigued from start to finish. I very much enjoyed the pro-environmental conservation message of the novel . You can tell that the author feels very strongly about this subject, and it is showcased beautifully in her writing. I also liked that the magic system was based somewhat off of scientific principles, which grounded the fantasy element of the story and made it seem less far fetched that magic like that could exist in this day and age.

My main qualm was with the protagonist, Kaitlyn. I felt that she under-reacted to a very evident threat early on in the book, to the extent that it was almost unbelievable. And then she–and every other character in the book–continued to underestimate that threat until the betrayal inevitably occurred and it was too late for her to take any action to save herself. This is not to say I didn’t understand why she acted that way, but as a reader it frustrated me, and as a result I had trouble connecting with the protagonist and feeling sorry for her.

Qualms aside, Water was a fascinating book, and one that I will definitely pick up again in the future.

The Rating

4 stars out of 5

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15 thoughts on “Book Review: Water, by Terra Harmony

  1. Kim

    Great cover art too! By the by, I had to Google “eco-fantasy”. So many sub-genres out there, it’s hard to keep up.

    • I know, isn’t the cover art gorgeous? I need to find this artist and employ her for all my future writing endeavours.

      • Having wrangled some fire effects for the cover of my wife’s book, I can definitely say I’m impressed with the water. I can see some of how its performed when I zoom in on the full-sized image and few the square artifacts around droplets which were copy/pasted…but still, its an impressive piece among a lot of so-so self-published cover art.

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  4. Love that cover!

    But I think the makers of the “Badger” vid consumed too many “Mushrooms! Mushrooms!”

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