Master storyteller Sharon Shinn created the thrilling and enchanting world of Welce in her acclaimed novel Troubled Waters. Return with her to that elemental universe in this tale of secrecy, romance, and a battle for power...
Josetta is a princess of one of the Five Families. But she is far from the throne, so she is free to spend her days working in the poorest sections of the city.
Rafe Adova, an outcast since he was born, lives the life of a career gambler in those slums. He has no ambition other than cheating at the card tables - until the night he decides to help a girl named Corene, who looks like she's stumbled into the wrong bar.
She, too, is a princess - sister to Josetta, who finds her with Rafe. He fascinates her. Josetta has never encountered anyone like him - someone seemingly devoid of elemental blessings.
He is drawn to her, though he thinks they are unlikely to ever meet again - but their connection grows strong when she nurses him back to health after he is assaulted by foreign mercenaries. And when they learn the reason he's being hunted, they know that the truth about his history could endanger not only their love but also their very lives...
©2013 Sharon Shinn (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I was so excited to see this book. I love 'Troubled Waters'. It's one of my go to books when I'm looking for something good to listen to, and I always wanted to know what happened afterwards. This was definitely a worthy sequel.
The only downside was that Ms. Van Dyke didn't pronounce certain words and names the same way as she did in the first book and I found that a bit jarring.
I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)
This is a nice Romanic story in the same vein as Troubled Waters just more Romanic and less magic. Nothing is going to truly surprise you but at the same time it's enjoyable. I personally missed the magic level of Zoe story. It's well written and moves the characters and story about 5 years from the end of the last book without a ripple.
I have to admit my original opinion of this series may have been a bit harsh. I listened to book 1 again this week and was compelled to get book 2. To let you know how much I enjoyed it, I used a credit I was saving for a pre-order. There ya go. I enjoyed it and now that I've finished book 2 I am ready for the next installment in the series.
Absolutely NOT time well spent. I was so annoyed by the over-enunciation and over-emphasis of the narrator's reading voice that I gave up by the end of the first chapter and bought the Kindle book at Amazon. This same reader has been used for all of Sharon Shinn's books at Audible, and at first she was just an annoyance, but the irritation factor seems to multiply the way additional exposure to a food allergen does. Now I just find her performance intolerable. Sentences that should have sounded completely natural become overplayed and purple-prose-like from her mouth. I've read nearly all of Shinn's books--she has a very natural and easy style of writing that isn't the least bit purple--it takes a real talent to be able to amke good writing *sound* awful just by the style of reading.
I feel like I'm writing a book report now. Ugh. this isn't grade school and i'm not here to help Audible make suggestions based on reviews. However, I would probably compare Ms Shinn's writing style somewhat to Robin McKinley's mixture of fantasy and romance--both combine them well, with good characters that are immediately relateable. So maybe a bit like her Beauty or Deerskin.
As mentioned above, her reading style is over-the-top, overly-enunciated, and unnatural, emphasizing too many of the words in each sentence and doing execrable "voices" for the characters that were completely unnecessary and might better have been eschewed. This reader needs to read the way that people speak in real life, not like every word is playing to the back row of an ampitheatre--over-emphasized with the audio equivalent of expansive gestures and heavy stage makeup.
Read more Sharon Shinn books? Get back to writing my magnum opus?
Shinn's writing is very natural and instantly likeable. She writes good characters and intriguing worlds. Until Audible finds a better reader for Ms Shinn's books, read them rather than listen to them. And don't judge the writer by the limitations and excessive drama of the performer.
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