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Troubled Waters Audiobook

Troubled Waters: Elemental Blessings, Book 1

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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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    Arwen Nightstar 11-05-15 Member Since 2011

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    "She Didn't Follow The Pattern"

    This heroine didn't follow the pattern. I really loved that. Sharon Shinn takes what might have been a simple Cinderella story and turns it on its head. Zoe Ardelay loses her father and is whisked away to become the fifth wife of the king. It will create balance.

    This is a world where numbers come into play. 5's and 8's are lucky. Each element has a prime--a person who carries the full force of that element with them. There are politics and intrigue at work as well.

    The worldbuilding was nicely done and very subtle. I enjoyed the Blessings and the fact that they played such an ongoing part in this world.

    The character of Zoe Ardelay may well be one of my favorites ever. She was stubborn. She was impulsive. She made mistakes that made sense for her to make. She just seemed real to me. She didn't understand her power. She also didn't really do a lot of work around learning it until it was nearly too late.

    This audio performance was very well done as well. The narrator gave each person a distinct voice.

    I've already put books 2 and 3 on my wish list.

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    Dawn Stillman Phoenix, AZ 06-10-15
    Dawn Stillman Phoenix, AZ 06-10-15 Member Since 2013

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    "A good read!"

    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.

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    Danielle Liverpool, NY, United States 02-07-15
    Danielle Liverpool, NY, United States 02-07-15 Member Since 2012

    Love to read, and love to hear a book read to me.

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    "Terrific"

    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.

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    foodforthought 02-04-15
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    "Enticing world"

    An extended adult fairy tale replete with credible, strong characters, a thoughtful and intriguing philosophical sensibility, and a strong storyline. Very satisfying.

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    Heather L. Nixon 12-31-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story... but it just ENDS"
    What made the experience of listening to Troubled Waters the most enjoyable?

    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....


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 12-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A good story hobbled by an awkward performance"

    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.

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    Carol Scott 11-08-14
    Carol Scott 11-08-14

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    "story kept me guessing where it was going. lol"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, I did not know where the story would go. she could have gone so many ways with the book. I loved it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I did not have a favorite here. they all had color and shine.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    every time the water got away. and that is all I will say. lol :)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    it is a bit long for that. but it is easy to get back into as you start back up with it.


    Any additional comments?

    give it a go. I am glad I did. and will be looking for more of her work.

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    Stewart 05-29-14
    Stewart 05-29-14 Member Since 2012

    Geeky, weatherman, birdwatcher, ultra-marathoner (if you've never run 50 to 100 miles for fun you wouldn't understand)

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    "Excellent Fantasy!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Really? you want me to do a spoiler? I don't think so. You'll just have to listen for yourself


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Goldenberg 04-03-14
    Goldenberg 04-03-14
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    "Pure delight!"

    This book started being interesting from the first 5minutes.
    It became absolutely captivating couldn’t stop listening at about 4 hours in.
    The magic in this book is good.
    The romance in this book is light.
    The intrigue is just right!
    The narrator was good but not great.
    This is one of those books that you are really sad when they end so the next day after it ended I re-listened to the last few chapters :)
    Too bad there seems to be only one more book in the series in audible.
    LOVED it and yes it is worth the credit

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    Amazon Customer Brooklyn, NY, United States 11-27-13
    Amazon Customer Brooklyn, NY, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Very good romantic fantasy"

    I'm going to say the "bad" first - why does the narrator pronounce the name "Zoe" - the main character - as ZO? It's Zo-ee and always has been, whether it's spelled Zoe or Zoey. Hearing Zo Zo Zo throughout the book is really frustrating.

    That said, the narrator does a great job, I enjoyed listening to this very much.

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