I usually enjoy young adult fantasies but Troubled Waters is so dull I stopped listing. I gave it a fair shot, hoping something would move the story forward but finally decided I didn't want to spend further time on it. I lost interest in the outcome. At the point I stopped listening, more than a year had passed since the story opened. The book read more like an outline than a completed novel. The characters are lifeless and lacking in emotion. If Zoe mourned her father's passing, the reader did not get to share in her grief. If she was afraid of what would happen to her when she was forced to marry the king (which didn't happen), the reader could not sense her fear.
When it was revealed that Zoe was 23 years old, I was shocked. At no time does she express interest in men, in marriage, in what her futures holds for her. In most societies, a young woman of her age would have some sexual thoughts and desires. Zoe is a blank. When Zoe escapes from the man taking her to marry the King, she casually goes on her way and life go on. She never wonders if they are looking for her, and if they are, the reader does not experience the search. When her long lost relatives discover she lives and is the Prime, not of them plot against her. They help her and welcome her. It feels false. There is no tension or conflict.
This could be a perfect family book because it contains (at least until the half-way point) no sex, no sexual innuendo, no drugs, no cursing (not even a "darn"), no racial tension, no evil, no conflict, no violence. Unfortunately, there isn't much to hold the interest of listens.
I enjoyed the narrator and would listen to her again.
Several reviews have mentioned how Trouble Waters does not compare well to the author's other works. I don't know if I will try another and compare or not.
I personally love when an author creates a new social structure within the story. In this case, the world the characters reside in is dictated by random fortunes that are drawn when a child is first born. These fortunes don't necessarily reveal themselves in obvious ways, but definitely play a part in creating the personality of their recipients.
One thing I don't particularly like about this story is how obnoxious the main character starts to sound. I think she stops being all sensible and strong, and instead starts to sound downright bossy.
avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
It's pretty typical fluff. Zoe is an interesting character, and this was a pleasant enough listen. It made good background listening at work because I didn't have to fully pay attention to understand the story. The narration was great.
I liked that the book didn't drag, though the main character can be annoying for her childishness at times. Somewhat predictable, but still very satisfying.
Love to read, and love to hear a book read to me.
I really enjoyed this book. The world that she built was very interesting. I liked the heroine very much. The romance was a bit muted for my taste and kind of crammed into the end, not completely satisfactorily. I will definitely read the next book in the series. The reader was wonderful. She really enhance the book.
Narration was nice... Zo is an amazing woman, although it's never explained where her talents/worldliness comes from. She's thrown into a new world, and just adapts... I guess as a Coru woman....
The story just ends... the last hour or two are so dramatic and then it's as if the author was in a hurry to finish or was tired of writing. The same drama/plot/dialogue was not put into the last part as the rest of the book. It was very hurried along to get it over with.
I enjoyed the story. It is more character than plot driven, which is uncommon for me. Regardless, it kept my attention. The world building is particularly intriguing.
yes, I did not know where the story would go. she could have gone so many ways with the book. I loved it.
I did not have a favorite here. they all had color and shine.
every time the water got away. and that is all I will say. lol :)
it is a bit long for that. but it is easy to get back into as you start back up with it.
give it a go. I am glad I did. and will be looking for more of her work.
Geeky, weatherman, birdwatcher, ultra-marathoner (if you've never run 50 to 100 miles for fun you wouldn't understand)
Yes, I would recomend this book to a friend. In fact I did by posting it to FB. Sharon Shinn is a very good writer and she easily keeps you interested in the story and it's characters.
I like that the story isn't some pulp fantasy following a typical storyline and it doesn't rely on conflict of good and evil. Each of the charaters either likable or not is someone most anyone would meet in their life.
Jennifer has a great deal of flexibility in her voice in producing all the unique character traits needed to make this story come to life. It was a joy to listen to.
Really? you want me to do a spoiler? I don't think so. You'll just have to listen for yourself
I look forward to listening to the next book in the series and I will add Sharon Shinn to my list of must read authors.