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The Watermight Thief

The Fire Queen's Apprentice, Book 1
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
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Welcome to Pendark, a city of murky canals, brutal gladiator fights, and sorcerers who feud over access to the silvery magical substance known as Watermight.

Tamri is a scrappy magic thief who’s trying to get her grandmother out of this festering swamp of a city. But when a quick score involving a dragon goes wrong, she’s shipped off to a distant mountaintop kingdom where the legendary Fire Queen is starting a school for magic wielders.

Tamri's not just going there to learn. The King of Pendark suspects the Fire Queen is up to something more dangerous than training young wielders, and he orders Tamri to find out the truth. If she fails, neither she nor her grandmother will survive the school year.

©2019 Jordan Rivet (P)2019 Jordan Rivet

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 05-01-19

Lightning is a jealous mistress

This book starts off with Tamri stealing watermight and a dragon. She is immediately caught and wrapped up in a tangle of mess. While Sel, the Princess of Vertigonia, ends up interceding on her behalf where Tamri ends up in her lands to study at a magic school run by the Fire Queen. The King of Pendark doesn’t trust the Fire Queen and uses this opportunity to spy on her. Holding Tamri to an unbreakable oath with her grandmother as leverage, Tamri has no choice but to spy. Meanwhile, Sel is to travel to Sool to meet her fiance who she finds out has been missing.

I honestly was not expecting to like this book so much. The description seemed like a generic fantasy novel but I love my fantasy so I decided to give it a try. This was anything but a generic fantasy tale. I did not read her first set of novels, but not once did I feel lost in this world. I wish I had a little more background of the war that took place but it didn’t dampen the story at all. Everything was paced so well and I truly enjoyed each part of the story. It was surprising that the two points of view were given. Based on the description I was only expecting Tamri’s story but I really enjoyed Sel’s part of the book as well. Both of them on separate adventures but eventually everything blends together. Each storyline had my full interest and I never wanted one over the other.

Along with both interesting storylines, each character was interesting. I loved Tamri’s loyalty to her grandmother. Even though she knows the King of Pendark is an evil guy, she will do what she must. Along her time in Vertigonia, she comes to appreciate the friends she makes and the school there as well. I thought the oath was very clever because usually I have issues with miscommunication but she literally couldn’t tell the royal family of the King’s plan even if she wanted to. Sel was also very enjoyable. She was so smart and I liked the way the royal family was very good. It was also nice to see an arranged marriage, who Sel arranged for herself, work out! All of these things really made it easy to connect to the characters. I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series with these girls.

Overall, this was a fantastic book. With so many different elements to the story and an interesting magical system, I was never bored. The secrecy and discoveries were all paced out so well that I wanted to keep continuing the novel. I highly recommend this book for those who love elemental magic with strong main characters.

Caitlin Kelly was meant to narrate this story. I’ve listened to one other book by her, but she was perfect. I really enjoyed listening to her bring both of these characters to life. She made it very easy to distinguish which point of view and the different importance of each scene. This is an audiobook I would recommend if you were planning on reading this book.

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Absolutely Rivet-ing!

This story took me surprise! Not only was it refreshingly original, the narraration was simply fantastic! ❤ I highly suggest this book!!

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Fantastic!

First, the narrator does a fantastic job of switching between voices. The story aside,her vocals we're pleasant, captivating, and enjoyable to listen to. She really brought the characters to life!

Second, I have not read the other series that takes place in this world, however, I can say that this book is very enjoyable and understandable without reading the other series. I thoroughly enjoyed the world this book is set in and that the magic aspect of the story is done differently than the average story containing magic and it works incredibly! I do not want to give away any spoliers, so I will just say that I am looking forward to the next book so I can see how the characters hand what comes next and how the relationships develop, the hard part will be waiting!!!

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Fun YA magical dragon romp!

This is the story of two women, Tamri and Selivia. Tamri is a gutter urchin in the city of Pendark, who uses her ability to wield Watermight to steal it and sell it to the highest bidder. She does this primarily to make money to take care of her ailing grandmother. But one day, she gets roped into being a spy for the King of Pendark, and sent to gather information in the mountain kingdom where the Fire Queen runs a school for students to learn to use the magical substances, Watermight, Fire, and Air.

Selivia is the sister-in-law to the Fire Queen, and is on her way to a neighboring kingdom as she is betrothed to a nobleman there. Their betrothal is hopefully going to strengthen the alliance between those countries. But when she gets there, she finds out that her betrothed has gone missing. Selivia investigates his disappearance, which is likely due to his latest research on magical substances. Seems he may have gotten himself into some shenanigans.

This book apparently takes place after the events of a different series by this author, and it should be said that I have not read that series at all end yet had no trouble getting enjoyment from this book. This was a dragon-filled YA romp through several different lands. I started out not completely convinced that I was going to like it. Mainly because I didn’t start out really liking Tamri as a character, but it also took me a while to get really into the story. I did get there, though. This one got markedly more interesting as it went along, and as Tamri grew as a character, I was more and more on board. I listened to the last half of this one in one sitting, to put that in a bit of perspective.

The magic system is somewhat similar to Avatar’s idea of bending, though people are able to wield more than one element and require a specific magical substance to do anything. Each region in this world has a source of at least one of the magical substances, and so it is more likely that people from that region will learn what is the most available. Tamri starts out being quite talented with Watermight, as that is what there is abundant in Pendark, and yet learns to somewhat control Fire while at the Queen’s school where Fire is more abundant. There is consequence to not learning both at once from the beginning though. Because she is already so proficient with Watermight, it hurts Tamri to wield Fire, and she struggles to find ways to overcome this weakness. I enjoyed that the magic system had this complexity, consequences for its use and so on.

There is a bit of romance in store for each of the main characters, and I will admit that I was absolutely on board for both of them. The relationships were quite cute at times, and fleshed out really well, and as the book went on and I started to like the characters more and more, I cheered for them to end up happy in the end. The romance between Tamri and her beau felt a little rushed at times, considering his circumstances with other characters, but ultimately I cheered for the two of them.

As this was an audiobook, I have to say that the narrator, Caitlin Kelly did a pretty great job. She has a great tone of voice for narrating teenage/early twenties female characters, and I found that she made Tamri and Selivia seem more real to me. There are a few accents sprinkled here and there as well, which gave it a bit of depth that I probably wouldn’t have experienced in the print version.

So, all told, I thought this was a well-written and enjoyable YA romp, with a slower start, but plenty of action, intrigue, magic, romance, and dragons overall. After that ending, I’m interested to see where this series goes!

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Exciting fantasy adventure

Confession - this is the first book I've experienced by Jordan Rivet, and I absolutely loved it. I loved the pacing throughout the story. As an audio book, it took a few chapters to be fully comfortable with the switching perspectives; however, this didn't interrupt the flow of the story in any way. There are enough mysteries and surprises to keep you engaged throughout the story as well as leave you dying to have the next story in the series.

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Great story!

I was given a copy for an honest review of the book..
I really enjoyed this story and look forward to seeing where the author takes it next. I love magic, dragons, romance, and the spying. I think it could have been a little edgier, but I feel like this is a great read that won't leave you with an awful hangover.

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A Fantastic Story Continues

The Duel of Steel series is one of my favorites and I was so glad to the store now continues with The Watermight Thief. The book was as great as the original series and I can't wait for the next.

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  • Rushton Lee
  • 04-08-19

JK Rowling meets Trudi Canavan

I was introduced to this book by the author on a facebook page. After reading the synopsis I decided it was the kind of thing I would usually read and decided to give it a go. All I can say is, where is the sequel already? I've been in a reading funk for quite some ti.e and this managed to get me out of it. The characters are well thought out and well written, likeable where necessary, despicable where needed. The story itself has been done several times before. Underdog gets into trouble with higher powers, charms them all, has her biggest critic fall in love with her and eventually comes to save the day. It's been done so many times that it's now difficult to write a story which feels original, remains engaging and keeps me turning the pages. Somehow Jordan Rivet manages it. I find her style and story telling to be a mix of JK Rowling and Trudi Canavan, I believe fans of either author will like this book. Coming from me, this is high praise indeed as they're my two favourite writers. I truly hope the sequel is already in progress and can't wait to read it.

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  • Mr. R. A. Hart
  • 04-01-19

A great fantasy story

The Watermight Thief.

This was the first Jordan Rivet book that I have read, so I was not sure what to expect. I have to admit the cover is what caught my eye originally, it is absolutely stunning.

Once I started the book, I found it to be a really interesting story, in an intriguing world, which I would love to see a map of.
I listened to the audiobook version, which I have to say I really enjoyed. The narration is brilliant. Caitlin Kelly read it well. The characters were really interesting, I liked the contrast between the two narrative perspectives. Tamri and Selivia, one of which is a family orientated, poor thief from the swamps of Pendark, the other a princess. Both of which are strong female leads. Story wise I enjoyed it very much, and yes there are dragons, and dragon riders. Who could resist anything dragon? Need I say more.

I will have to read the prequel now, Steel and Stone, as I have heard that the characters, such as Selivia are in it. I would love to get a greater insight into them.

Overall a great read.