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Troubled Waters: Elemental Blessings, Book 1 | [Sharon Shinn]

Troubled Waters: Elemental Blessings, Book 1

Zoe Ardelay receives astonishing and unwelcome news: she has been chosen to become the king's fifth wife. Forced to go to the royal 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 the elemental sign of water. She must return to the palace, not as an unwilling bride for the king, but a woman with power in her own right.
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Publisher's Summary

The author of the Twelve Hours series welcomes readers to a new fantasy world, where the elements rule.

Zoe Ardelay receives astonishing and unwelcome news: she has been chosen to become the king's fifth wife. Forced to go to the royal 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 the elemental sign of water. She must return to the palace, not as an unwilling bride for the king, but a woman with power in her own right. But as Zoe unlocks more 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 court.

©2010 Sharon Shinn (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This entertaining and suspenseful story is full of lively characters, and the intriguing new system of magic and politics provides plenty of potential for sequels." (Publishers Weekly)

"Filled with vivid characters, beautiful scenery, sweet friendships, surprising destinies, political intrigue, mystery, a slow satisfying romance, and an interesting take on personality types, Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn is a book that just feels good." (Fantasy Literature)

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    connie WEST MONROE, LOUISIANA, United States 08-01-12
    connie WEST MONROE, LOUISIANA, United States 08-01-12
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    Would you try another book from Sharon Shinn and/or Jennifer Van Dyck?

    yes..mabe


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not sure


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck?

    mabe


    Do you think Troubled Waters needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This book has a great plot...overall...but seams the little things were hard to follow....left alot of questions of why this and why that...could just be me...couldn't really place a face with the main characters....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. G. Bawden Gold Canyon 06-04-12
    J. G. Bawden Gold Canyon 06-04-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Troubled Waters' title says it all!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is really a weak attempt at fantasy fiction. The narrator was annoying as the protagonist and lacked emotion. I REALLY struggled to finish this and actually skipped through much of it and didn't feel lost picking up 30-40 minutes into the plot line.


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    Rogdon 05-14-14
    Rogdon 05-14-14 Member Since 2008
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    What did you love best about Troubled Waters?

    everything


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Troubled Waters?

    the water races


    What about Jennifer Van Dyck’s performance did you like?

    she makes you feel like you are there


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I dont that the money to make a film


    Any additional comments?

    I think the book was very well written and it held my attention all the way through.

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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 10-24-11
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 10-24-11 Member Since 2009

    I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.

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    "Really weak effort from a great writer"

    Sharon, what happened? It felt to me as if 2/3 of the way through this book, Shinn forgot what she was writing about. I found it very strange how the book just fell off at the end and turned into something completely bizarre. I am a big Sharon Shinn fan, but this book just left me scratching my head. What a waste of time and a credit.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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