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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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!?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Couldn't really get into it. Rather weird. Characters not very believable. Might soon some readers.Published on 15 Aug. 2014 by Jockanory
I read the review for this book in The Orcadian Newspaper and decided to buy a copy as I live on one of the remote islands of Orkney. Read morePublished on 23 July 2013 by Paul Lawton
I really loved the relationship between Levan and Dom, it was well written and very sweet. I liked the different characters introduced and it kept me interested until the last... Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2013 by helen
only read this if you are into science fiction. This book was so far fetched it was not very enjoyablePublished on 11 Mar. 2013 by ALASTAIR MAIN
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As a sequel, it does at least offer some closure, but the storyline is crazy and often hard to follow; that it is unbelievable and doesn't always hang together is one thing, but to... Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2012 by heartface
What a disappointment. I think the main issue with this story is that it seems to be a badly-worded first draft. It feels disjointed. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2012 by Martin
I downloaded purely because I love to read any novels about Scotland. I didn't know what to expect but was bowled over by this one particularly as I read it while on holiday on... Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2012 by E. Luxton
Really gripping storyline well done on your 1st book. Great book, doesn't need the full on gay sex description. Love the mythology aspect.Published on 28 Oct. 2012 by Teresa