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Troubled Waters (Elemental Blessings Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Sharon Shinn
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Reprint edition (27 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441020895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441020898
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 625,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent offering from Ms Shinn 27 Nov 2011
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Troubled Waters tells the tale of Zoe Ardelay who is called back to the royal city after the death of her father to become the king's fifth wife. The novel takes her on a journey to discover the depths of her power both mystically and of her personality.

This book contains many elements familiar to readers of Sharon Shinn's other novels. There is of course the very gentle romance that develops although with more suspicion on the part of the heroine than usual. There is also a genuine sense of mystery as Zoe tries to uncover all the secrets of her father. In particular like her Twelve Houses series this book has characters who have mystical abilities divided into specific groups in this case: earth, air, fire, water and wood. The author does her usual excellent job of weaving this mystical concept into all of the world building.

Set in a different world to any of her previous novels this one has some particularly enjoyable differences. The drawing of blessings, coins with certain symbols, is a theme throughout the book and is an interesting concept. You can have a look at the symbols assigned to each blessing on Ms Shinn's website. Another difference from the Twelve Houses is that everyone has a mixture of the five elemental traits and there is a lot of reference to characteristics of individuals as being more of one than another.

As to be expected with Ms Shinn all the characters are well drawn so that even minor characters have a depth to them. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would love to spend some more time exploring this world. I can only hope Ms Shinn writes a sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rich, romantic fantasy 9 Jan 2014
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I love the heroine of this novel, Zoe, who is strong and passionate and warm-hearted and has a temper that can be terrible. I love the way she progresses from feeling like an empty shell at the beginning of the book, hollowed out by grief, to finding her own true power (and a perfect partner, too, along the way). I love the rich worldbuilding and the fabulous magic of the story. The romance is a subplot, not the main plot, but it's wonderfully handled. I can't wait to read the sequel, about one of one of my favorite side-characters in this book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Shinn 21 Jan 2013
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This is a diverting read, though not Sharon Shinn at her very best. Completists should get it and it's a good intro to her style.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The power of the elements 25 Jun 2012
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A new fantasy novel from Sharon Shinn, a writer who specialises in fantasy and science fiction novels with strong heroines and a touch of romance.

This one runs for three hundred and ninety nine pages and is divided into thirty three chapters.

It's a completely new setting for any stories from this writer, with no tie ins at all to any of her previous work or series. And it is pretty much self contained, although it does leave the door open for more stories from this world and with these characters at the same time.

Our heroine is Zoe Ardelay. The world she lives in is quite an interesting creation because although this is a fantasy world it's more advanced than the usual one. The level of civilisation and technology is largely 18th - 19th century from our world, and rudimentary vehicles feature. But the land is ruled over by a King. And there's magic all around. In the elements. And everyone is attuned to one of them in particular. People will go to temples and draw out coins from there which have symbols on them that give guidance.

Zoe has been living in a remote village with her father, who was exiled from the royal court. But he has just passed away. Soon after the funeral she is summoned to the royal court. To become the King's latest wife. She travels there with Darien, a rather serious man who was sent to summon her. But she takes a chance to slip away and to find and her own path in life. Which is one that reveals she has a great deal of power.

All of which will come in handy when dealing with the intrigues that await...

This is not a book of incident for the most part. It's one of character and of setting. Two things that this writer excels at. And the first half of the book does pass by very nicely as it deals with this.
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Sharon Shinn writes lovely characters that are interesting and are developed in a way that one wants to know more. It is nice to read a book that makes you feel happy to be reading!
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