The Living Waters
Series: The Weirdwater Confluence duology #1
By, Dan Fitzgerald
Format Read: Physical Copy/ E-Book 300 Pages
Book Links: Goodreads, Purchase Link
How Obtained: Review Copy for Book Tour from Story Tellers on Tour and Author
PUBLISHED: October 15, 2021
GENRE: Sword-free Fantasy
INTENDED AGE GROUP: Adult
PUBLISHER: Shadow Spark Publishing
When two painted-faced nobles take a guided raft trip on a muddy river, they expect to rough it for a few weeks before returning to their life of sheltered ease. But when mysterious swirls start appearing in the water, even their seasoned guides get rattled.
The mystery of the swirls lures them on to seek the mythical wetlands known as the Living Waters. They discover a world beyond their imagining, but stranger still are the worlds they find inside their own minds as they are drawn deep into the troubles of this hidden place.
The Living Waters is a sword-free fantasy novel featuring an ethereal love story, meditation magic, and an ancient book with cryptic marginalia.
The Living Waters is a Sword-Free Fantasy Novel By Dan Fitzgerald, and the first book of The Weirdwater Confluence series. I was lucky enough to be accepted to obtain a review copy of the book and join in on the tour by SOT Tours and the Author.
I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into when I saw that it was a sword-free fantasy as I had always thought the two went hand in hand. Dan Fitzgerald turned my world upside down changing my thoughts on what a fantasy tale could be. Dan weaves a tale of magic, mystery, action, and a bit of a love story together to make quite an original piece of literature that is sure to make others change their minds on what fantasy can be.
The book is intended for adults or an older age group as there is some content that could be considered a bit sexual in nature though not overbearing or in graphic detail at all. there is also plenty of action throughout the book to keep you entertained and a great adventure in a beautifully set up world filled with great characters, beasts, twists, and tough moral situations.
This book is incredibly more intense compared to what I would think a sword-free fantasy could be. The trip that you go through in this has is a roller coaster of emotions and events that can be a bit much to take in at times. I also wish I knew a bit more about the background of the culture of the painted people and some of the others you meet. Maybe some sort of prequel novella or novel that could help set this book up a bit more as you do get thrust into it all pretty quick.
In My Opinion, This is a great book to get out of that familiar comfort zone that many of us turn to in the fantasy genre and is a great start to the series. I look forward to the next book and hope I get the chance to get to it (looking at you Dan)
I give this this book a 4 out of 5.
About the Author:
Dan Fitzgerald is the fantasy author of the Maer Cycle trilogy (character-driven low-magic fantasy) and the upcoming Weirdwater Confluence duology (sword-free fantasy with unusual love stories). The Living Waters comes out October 15, 2021 and The Isle of a Thousand Worlds arrives January 15, 2022, bothfrom Shadow Spark Publishing.
He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, twin boys, and two cats. When not writing he might be found doing yoga, gardening, cooking, or listening to French music.
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