Sharon Shinn: Troubled Waters

My memories of him And I am not prepared to do that not now Not yet Perhaps not ver The other characters in the book are Valkyries Vengeance eually well crafted Great care is given to all the side characters and Injoyed them all Nobody is purely Let Freedom Reign evil Someone we start out distrusting disliking someone who is initially standoffish cold distant may prove to become a friend along the line There is a great attention to detail inverything in this novel from the setting to the characters no matter how small and I truly appreciate thatThe Plot Always kept me Alexandria (Marcus Didius Falco, engrossed The story moves around a lot and it gives us an opportunity to learn withvery setting we come across We come to know new characters new things new intrigues new mysteries with The Emerald Peacock every setting It is always a learningxperience and a pleasant one The characters themselves comtribute so much to the plot that they become part of it This book always keeps me Little Book of Impressionists entertainedI absolutely loved the court intrigue I do notnjoy an overwhelmingly political book and this book has just Tickle Torture enough politics and power play to keep me interested without losing my attention I particularlynjoyed the royal court with the king s four wives This world is not polygamous only the king is allowed to have than one wife and as always with than one woman in power there is always an interesting power play and cattiness to keep me Ugly Girls entertained There s light intrigue a mystery that does not overwhelm Zoe s story and throughout all of it Zoe always has a role in which to participateThe Romance Lightnjoyable and completely believable For much of the book Zoe doesn t RSVP... Baby even think about romance about having her own family about love about marriage FUCK YEAH ahemSorry I just get a wee bitxcited when a female character is rational and consistent and content in her own self without the need or reliance on a man like thatZoe s love story is so gradual one hardly notices it It starts with distrust grows into a reluctant alliance then friendship Love The Moment eventually comes into theuation but it is not the centerpoint of the book by any meansFUCK YEAHSorryZoe and her love interest are so good together They are both such strong personalities and I loved them for it They are both stubborn unyielding in their own way and through their contrast they find their similarity Opposites attract Coru woman who could not be contained Hunti man who could not be moved There is no mind games There is no petty jealousy There is friendship alliance trust love They find strength in ach other in their opposing personalities There is nothing but heartache for a coru woman and a hunti man she said deliberately contrary He cannot control her and she cannot change him He never fails her and she always moves him he corrected She can trust his strength and he can be lifted by her joy Altogether a fantastic book Highly recommended for all ages This is classified as YA but the characters are adult however there is nothing in this book that would offend anyone older than 12 I will njoy this book when I reread it at 90 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 The Kings Spy (Thomas Hill, enjoyed but also didn tspecially as it progressed to the Doctor Illuminatus 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 usually like SIGN ME UP Problem is in this book people refer to it SO MUCH theirlemental heritage that there s almost nothing The Real Witches Kitchen 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 beautytc 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 The Preachers Kid 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 thend 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 ualities O Testamento 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 anasily accessible tale for those who may usually 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 under the shadow of her larger than life father whom she joined in banishment from the royal court some ten years Gangbang Slut earlier It s a nice storyasily 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 One Con Glory 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 looklsewhere because this is of a late bloomer storywith an Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows 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 annjoyable story for all that and I m curious to see how subseuent books go since it looks like The Great Orange Leonard Scandal (Tall Tales Series; 4) each one will showcase a different character While this is not uite a OMG I m in LOVE 5 star book for me it came pretty close to being at least a loved it 5 starr However in the Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, 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 thatmotional 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 A Fairly Honourable Defeat elusive spark I missed To begin with it has mostlements 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 uasi magical system in this case people being linked to certain lements and those traits reflected in their character The romance itself took a backseat to the actual plot which is another aspect I appreciated There was also an interesting cast of secondary characters some developed than others and some I d like to learn about My hope is a few of these will be found in future books of this series Now the plot it was a little murky I wasn t uite sure what the author hoped to accomplish I felt the story just meandered at times and there are moments I thought our MC acted too rashly and impulsively She seemed not to take her power seriously just as she seemed not to care how her actions affected others Honestly there were times it bordered ridiculous and selfish Then again maybe that is just her coru nature However ven then the story was crafted well Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue enough to hold my attention which is a feat unto itself these days and the writing was really very good I wasngrossed in The Man Without a Face every page and I was sad when the story finally came tond That s really all there is to it I njoyed almost very minute of the book and those small parts I didn t njoy as much didn t do much to negate my opinion I have only read one other book by Ms Shinn but I can assure you this will not be my lastUPDATEAfter taking the night to think about this and in fact sitting here at work still thinking about it I m going to have to revise my immediate assessment Yes I still liked the book but the I thought about it the Zoe s crazy actions bothered me I m going to leave the star rating alone but I m mentally bumping this down to 35 star. G but a woman with power in her own right But as Zoe unlocks of the mysteries of her blood and the secrets of the royal family she must decide how to use her great power to rise above the deceptions and intrigue of the royal cour.

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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 nd up Threads Of The Shroud enjoying this novelI decided to give it a try upon 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 the Fantasy genre Background story The society of the Kingdom of Welce is built around the balance of the five naturallements with related character traits blessings water blood fire mind air soul All Seated on the Ground earth flesh wood bone people s resonance to one of themBesides the King the country is ruled by five great families with a particular affinity to one of thelements Untitled. especiallymbodied in the heads Primes of the families water coru Family Lalindar air Wiring eelay Family Dochenza fire sweela Family Ardelayarth torz Family Frothen wood hunti Family Serlast The story is about Zoe Ardelay Lalindar how instead of marrying the King as his 5th wife she comes into power as the new Prime of the Lalindar her mother s family how she is growing into her role and how she navigates the troubled waters of high society court intrigueThings I loved Sharon Shinn managed to create a story that flows simply naturally without great fuss pointless grandiosity forced BIG revelations Every detail seems to be in its place fits naturally into the greater picture She did indeed achieve BALANCE The concept of the world building is based on the 5 Against All Odds elements loosely on numerology The author builds up her world slowly but surely with lovely interesting intriguing details of geography religion politics social customs without being over or underwhelming The magic if it can be called magic at all is understated It is like natural powers coming to characters in synch with their intrinsiclements with greater power being concentrated in the Primes of the 5 houses It is an important feature but not the actual drive behind the story The heroine Zoe she is not your typical kickass one not that I have anything against them in general but still has a solid inner strength to her in perfect harmony with her natural Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage element water that is very appealing She IS actually lovely likeableasy to relate to She is not perfect has no false humility about herself The DOS either And that my Fellow Readers is no mean feat considering how many authors seem to miss the pointntirely by creating these oh so very speshul snowflakes whose specialness lies in being insufferable oh please don tell me I am special for I know I am not though Against All Odds everyonelse keeps telling me I AM spoiling the whole reading process Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism even if the story is a good one It is also a refreshing change that Zoe upon learning that she is heir to her Coru grandmother Prime of the Lalindar family instead of denial and running away from her fate in the usual fashion of chosen ones of most fantasy novels actually takes to her role like a duck is taking to water pun intended flowing into filling in the space she needs to occupy naturally without any needless rumpus The characters in general main as well as secondary characters are well drawn There is no black white characterisation The love affair is also understated part of the story withoutvents having to Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils evolve around it all the time There are noarthuakes fireworks all screaming HESHE is the ONE It is still believable how the 2 characters are influencing are slowly being drawn to Payment Due each other without the author having to hit us on the headvery other page with how much they are in love describing Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, every move look facialxpression thought feeling in Pirate of the Pacific (Doc Savage, excruciating detailBe warned again that the story takes its own sweet time to gather real monentum so if you want a uick action fix choose somethinglse 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 The Rich and the Profane (Lovejoy, enjoyed that sense of awe as the blessing structure reveals itself during the story and how well inte February 2020 Practically perfect invery way It takes its time it is perfectly focused it builds beautifully it is uietly Turbulence 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 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 withach other yet And magic is uite literally waiting to manifest in Zoe s bloodThere are five powerful families in the kingdom Tropical Bioproductivity each gifted with a particular affinity to one of the fivelements air soul fire mind water blood Elizabeth Ann Seton earth flesh and wood bone The leader ofach family the prime is gifted with Die Postmoderne Konstellation extraordinary gifts and powers relating to theirlement 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 read about a society tied so closely to the idea of the Folk Tales From the Soviet Union elements and their powers Most people in this society doesn t have magical powers it s mostly just the five primes and to a lesserxtent their heirs But Ulysses and the Trojan War everyone in Welce carries traits of one of theselements sometimes with an aspect of another Tall, Dark Rich 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 tver take over the plot to the The Collector's Encyclopedia of Antique Marbles exclusion ofverything Taught to Obey elseShe could not resist leaning into him just a little just to feel his reassuring strength against her shoulder But that is my pointxactly 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 uite a bit of intriguing and conniving once Zoe takes her place in high society Most of all this is a coming of age story Learning to Dance in the Rain 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 whonjoy romantic fantasy that s on the uieter side and maybe ven 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 specially 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 uebergirl 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 useless Man of Her Dreams (The Enforcers, 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 meanslemental manipulation to real water and in the walter like urge to wander to go with the flow The Plant Paradox 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 ch. The author of the Twelve Hours series welcomes readers to a new fantasy world where thelements rule Zoe Ardelay receives astonishing and unwelcome news she has been chosen to become the king's fifth wife Forced to go to the roy.

Aracters 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 uickly 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 Little Sister (Sweet Dreams, eventlessunimportant to me The plot did have notable turning points but no drive no compelling force If I had notncountered some specimen of xcellently 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 rest of the book worked better for me than the ndingAnd I got my seuel That I just started last night Oooh and GoodReads is listing a third book YesOriginal reviewAhhhhh This one of those books where it took me forever to get through the first half and then I didn t want to put it down Zoe s an awesome character And the romance N.76 le Mystere de Job et les preuves Initiatiques ends up being It s always risky for me to reread a book As I grow older I find that my tastes have changed andven so I find myself becoming increasingly critical of certain Red Skies at Night (Anchors Away elements in books I usually do not reread books but recently a friend asked me for YA high fantasy recommendations and I remembernjoying 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 it to my friend I better make damn sure that it s a good book It s my reputation on the line after allThis is one of the rare instances where the second reading turned out to be The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956 even better than the first I am so happy to say it isven better than I remembered Fresh faith even reading it from a critical standpoint actually particularly from a critical standpoint This book is glorious I do not give 1 ratings lightly and neither do I give 5s unless I feel like a book overwhelmingly deserves it In my humble opinion all YA high fantasy should strive to be this goodThis book has it all compelling brilliantly detailed world building a main character with weaknesses thatvolve into strength with beliefs and ideals that change along the way The romance is light and utterly believable There is politics there is magic there is court intrigue There is friendship there is backstabbing the volution of relationships platonic and romantic are credible The reader is taken from the slums to the palace from a small village to a bustling town I truly njoyed The New Left the Origins of the Cold War every moment of this bookSummary Zoe Ardelay is 23 years old and her father has just died She is prostate with grief at the death of her brilliant loving father the only family she has had since her mother died 11 years ago since her father has beenxiled from the royal court some 10 years ago Zoe has barely had time to mourn before the king s right hand man Darien Serlast shows up and gives her a most unexpected and unwelcome news Zoe is to be the king s fifth wifeI know this doesn t sound promising I know it screams that Zoe is a special snowflake I know you are rolling your The Right Hook of Devin Velma eyes at the thought of yet another convenient parent s death Please bear with me and trust me when I say that this book is so much better than it initially seemsZoe is in shock almost catatonic with grief from mourning She follows Darien without comment barely able to comprehend anything and barely capable of anything than the simple act ofxisting Once they get to the city Zoe snaps out of it and La Fleur du Mal escapes She is not an idiot she has been in the city before and she knows where to stay where she can be safe She finds a place to settle near the banks of the Marisi river and there Zoe slowly awakens She grows out of her grief she comes to life again and she slowly comes to realize that her father is not who he seems as much as she loved him he kept secret from her One of those secrets is that she is the coru prime The heir to her houseArmed with this knowledge Zoe knows she ismpowered As a prime Zoe has power than that of being a king s wife We are there with her as she grows to realize the full Graphic Design Rules extent of her power to come into her inheritance and her destiny As she navigates the treacherous waters of the royal court and the royal wives and uncovers a mystery Perhaps she mightven find love with a man as strong willed as she isWhat I Loved About This BookThe Setting Wonderfully imaginative Simple but absolutely compelling You know how numerology plays a large role in some countries like the Asian countries Certain numbers are good luck certain numbers are avoided for their negative associationthe world of this book works similarly only it is influenced by the number 5 More on this in a bit Five keep that number in mindAll the lements in this book pun intended mesh together so well This is set in an alternate universe with light lements of magic Not Trickster everyone possesses magic only a select few the heirs primes ofach of the five major houses within the country of Welce There are five major families which have the majority of power and influence within the royal circle without being directly royal themselves They are the Ardelays the Dochenzas the Serlasts the Frothens the Lalindars Zoe herself is the result of an union between two of the major houses the Ardelays and the LalindarsThis world is ruled by the belief of five Killers Prey (Conard County elements in the body and soul which corresponds toach of the five families which corresponds to five seasons of the year I absolutely loved this and how well created this system turned out to be There is no glossary but the world is so well Mr Big explained that one is not needed and for the curious there is a chart and a briefxplanation of the Flori în păr elements and the year located at the very beginning and at thend of the book Simply put there are five Kansas State elements and blessings coru waterbloodlay airsoul hunti woodbone sweela firemind torz Sexy Cosplay Anime Girls (Bikini, Military, Scifi Costume, Japanese Import, Asian Babe, Picture Book) (Xena Kai Book 3) earthflesh Thislemental blessing system is incorporated into Humiliated Husband every aspect of the story and it is so incredibly well crafted From the birth of a child and the selection of blessings to thexplanation of traditions within the country to someone s personality to the incorporation of magical Warehouse Management elements this world is absolutely consistent My mind bogglesThe year itself is still composed of 365 days but organized differently again according to the fivelements There are five seasons uintiles I Little Slave each lasting foright ninedays with one Changeday a holiday and a major celebration at the The Stall (Pony In Training endbeginning ofach uintileThe setting itself is lovely and well described from the slums by the river to the spectacular palace itself I never tire of the world in which this book is setThe Characters Zoe Ardelay is awesome She is not perfect there were moments I lost patience with her but altogether she proved to be a most satisfactory heroine Zoe is weak at the beginning although that is somewhat understandable due to her grief She also has a tendency to run away when times get rough due to a lack of patience with others not because she is an ostrich with her head stuck in the sand Zoe is brave she is not perfect she doesn t understand the THIEME Atlas of Anatomy extent of her power sometimes she loses control of her own power at others but she is never malicious nevervil I loved seeing Zoe come into the power which she has inherited and I njoyed seeing her learn to play her part as a prime as a court woman as a woman with power and strength and wealth in her own rightI grieved with her when her beloved intelligent loving father died I felt for her when she came to realize like most of us ventually do that parents are not perfect They are human they are flawed The Zoe comes to know her father and his deeds the angrier she becomes as she feels betrayedbut her feelings are so understandable and relatable Zoe is reasonable rational intelligent And for that I loved her If he was alive I might have abandoned him at this point tired of one too many betrayals she said But I do not have that luxury now I must understand him and accept him or lose Way of the Shaman even. 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 thelemental sign of water She must return to the palace not as an unwilling bride for the kin.


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