The final adventure in the beloved and best-selling Margaret of Ashbury trilogy, which began with A Vision of Light and In Pursuit of the Green Lion.
Margaret of Ashbury is ready to settle down; the medieval healer is looking forward to an uneventful life in the country. And, indeed, life with her true love and a brood of rambunctious children is nearly perfect - except for her husband Gregory’s ever-meddling family. Finding himself deep in debt once again, Gregory’s father has plotted to sell Margaret’s daughter off in marriage to save his woodlands from a greedy abbot. In a panic, Margaret turns to her old friend Brother Malachi to help save her daughter by whatever means necessary. The tension within the feuding family rouses an ancient being that dwells in a spring at the center of the disputed woodland. The watery creature has its own plans, and its eye is on Margaret’s infant son.Favorite characters return, the stakes are high, and the air is thick with intrigue and danger.
Written with the historical accuracy, supernatural plot twists, and humor that Riley’s readers have grown to love, The Water Devil is a high-spirited adventure that brings Margaret’s odyssey to a satisfying conclusion.
©2007 Judith Merkle Riley (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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"Oh Ms Flosnik - if that is REALLY your name"
I love Judith Merkle Riley books and the Margaret of Ashbury trilogy most of all. Her characters are human and lovable, memorable and natural, her story is gripping, the underlying love story(ies) are heart warming and the supernatural element is always there and the ambiguity of the water devil in the pool is very clever. Her take on God is wonderful and warming. But oh my goodness, the narrator is APPALLING! Sounds like a computerised speech generator. What next - Stephen Hawkins's wheelchair narrating A Brief History Of Time!?!
It's so difficult to choose. Margaret, Gregory, Brother Malachi, et al, and the wonderful Madame Agatha. And God, of course. All of Judith Merkle Riley's characters are human, humane, natural and endearing. Wonderfully, gently funny and just the right side of whimsy to avoid over-sentimentality. She is particularly good at writing children.
In every. Conceivable. Way. Sorry. The performance was stilted, the emPHAsis on THE wrong syllABLLES is so off-putting and the tone is groany and monotonous and sing-song. The character's voices are all too similar. It really detracted from one of my favourite book. Not a natural narrator I'm afraid. I gave the performance one star because I couldn't give it no stars.
Yes when I READ the book rather than listened to it, the interactions between Margaret and Gregory, and Margaret and God are lovely. And this woman writes children so well, completely believable characters, e.g. the two year old Peregrine noticing a dappled mule, saying he was going to have a blue spotty one and a green spotty one, and he would have one spare for his sisters to use, but his would be the only one that would fly. Just lovely.
Is Anne Flosnik a human being or are the publishers experimenting with cyber speech. WE DEMAND TO KNOW!! I don't wish to be offensive to Ms Flosnik and actually, I've bought two of the trilogy so far so she can't have completely ruined it, but it could have been so, so much better. I really think she was struggling with keeping up an English accent and in concentrating on that, missed so much in the interpretation of the story. I'm sure she is a lovely person and kind to animals and small children but keep her away from my favourite books please.
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