Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Troubled Waters (Elemental Blessings, #1)Book Review:  Troubled Waters

Author:  Sharon Shinn
Published:  October 2010
Series:  Elemental Blessing #1
Genre:  Adult Fantasy

The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
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.

My Two Cents 
Sharon Shinn is one of those magical fantasy writers.  She can take you into a different world so easily and make you believe anything is possible.  I read Archangel not too long ago, and I was excited to see what other feels Shinn could bring out of me.  And while I think Archangel was definitely better, Troubled Waters was still a fun and delightful read.  I loved the powers and diplomacy in this book.  So many secrets to be uncovered meant there really was no dull moments.  The thing that troubled me the most with this book was the main character and her romance.  Zoe was awful to someone she supposedly had feelings for.  95% of the time she was yelling at him and demanding he always tell her truth, even when she knew he was the king's counselor (and they had just met!).  Yes, for me the romance fell flat because of Zoe, which is sad because this novel could have been great!  I'm awarding Troubled Waters 4 out of 5 stars.  Zoe could compete on The Bachelor for all the drama she cooked up!    

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