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Body of Water (The Orcadian Book 1) by [Wakefield, Stuart]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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About the Author

Stuart Wakefield hails from Northumberland, but has been sighted in Essex. Despite his artistic leanings he finally settled on a career in IT, and channels his creative energies into writing for print, web, and screen. Seeking wordy inspiration has always been a part of his daily life. He is happiest when writing about men who love men.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 804 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Magic Toy Books; 5 edition (12 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H7UVAA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #359,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Overpriced for its length, this M/M romance-fantasy novel is nonetheless a compelling and satisfying read.
It has some flaws which seem to be due to Mr Wakefield's inspiration taking sometimes the upper hand over his literary judgement but it also has the undeniable ability of plunging the reader straight into its fictitious world to have him come back to reality unwillingly.

The novel is slowly set in motion as a boy's coming of age story. Leven is an orphaned, conflicted child who finally finds loving foster parents. The supernatural elements are introduced gradually and transform Leven's story into something more mysterious but it is not until he arrives to the Orkneys that the fantasy/mystery element pervades the plot entirely. In the meantime we have come to love Leven, to know what makes him tick and what can hurt him (and the plot never drags).

I have never been to the Scottish isles but although Mr Wakefield does not indulge in lengthy descriptions I felt the Orkneys surround me as a wild, exotic fantasy setting made of ageless rocks, unending, cloudy skies and unrelenting waves, the perfect background for an element-based magic and for bringing raw passions to the fore. Leven will finally be able to discover the mistery behind his birth and find true love.
What sex scenes there are are explicit but always plot related and well executed.

Although the story is self contained this is clearly the first of a series and a second instalment is already announced.

On the minus side this work has some problems.
Several plot twists appear a bit contrived and characterization is sometimes erratic as if the author had written on impulse without taking the time to properly define plot and personalities beforehand.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I downloaded Body of Water thinking I'd read one chapter then come back to it when I had time. Well, I couldn't stop!

The story is gripping and engaging. You know when you read a great fiction book when you pause to make a cuppa and get confused about the reality of your kitchen versus the world you've been immersed in for the last hour or two.

Leven is so tangibly real he could be someone I know. The struggles he lives through as a child then into teen years is believable and emotive. The description of Orkney is so real I feel I have seen, touched, heard, smelt and tasted it. I did spend a lot of time marvelling how Stuart Wakefiekd, the author, had managed to create such a real a vivid world inside my head. I have to admit I am more than a little bit in awe!

The sex was a bit full on for me and I know what trunkguy meant by wondering if anyone was reading over his shoulder! But it was part of was is undoubtedly an amazing first novel. Sign me up for the next, and the next and the next!
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The blurb intrigued me, and as I have a great fondness for all that goes towards making the Scottish islands special places, I bought BODY OF WATER. I started reading it as soon as I downloaded it to my Kindle. And couldn't put it down. BODY OF WATER is a fast-paced ride, with a powerful plot, strong and intriguing characters interacting in a fascinating setting, and it delivered everything I hoped it would. I'll be keeping my eye on this author, and if there's a sequel, I'll grab it so fast Amazon might have its fingers singed.
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I fancied reading a gay themed book for a change as I'd not read any for a while. The choice of gay books in Amazon Kindle's Lesbian and Gay section is pretty limited, most being erotica. I plumped for this book, along with a few others, that seemed to be at least slightly more literature than porn from their descriptions and reviews.

The description for Body of Water in no way prepared me for what the book turned out to be about, which is probably a good thing, as had I known, I would never have chosen to download it in the first place.

The story follows troubled teenager Leven, who is moved from foster home to foster home, but then finally ends up with loving parents Alex and Ruth, who manage to tame and eventually adopt him. Upon Ruth's death, Leven heads north to the Orkneys to meet his real father and to learn the truth about his origins. The book at this point becomes wildly far fetched, as we are plunged into a mythological world of Selkies, Fin men and sea spirits and we finally learn why Leven has always been warned not to go near water.

I guess this is a sort of Twilight saga, but instead of vampires and werewolves, we have a different mythology, with a wealth of horny, explicit gay sex scenes thrown in for good measure along the way.

The characters are well crafted and I cared about them, but while reading, I was aware of a fairly amateurish "creative writing class" feel to the writing. I wasn't aware until finishing it, that the novel is actually a self published work, which may go some way to explaining this.

A truly bizarre, but strangely compelling read!?
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I'm rather unsure about this novel, It starts off well with an interesting foster-child's view of life and perceptive reasoning as to why he behaved as he did. But beyond that and overall it does not hold together well being an odd mix of teen romance which latter moves off to dark dealings involving sea creatures morphing into humans. I found it at times a little confusing to follow, and difficult to create consistent images of places and characters.
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