- Hardcover: 266 pages
- Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group (Jun. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399237968
- ISBN-13: 978-0399237966
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.7 x 23.6 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,193,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits Hardcover – 1 Jun 2002
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I picked up this book because I loved Fire. While Water does not have the same strength in its stories, they are still good, interesting, entertaining, and sometimes even haunting. I recommend it to people who enjoy McKinley's wandering words and spiral stories.
If you expect Peter Dickinson's writing to be like McKinley's, you will be disappointed. His voice is very different - a sparer cello & oboe melody compared to her dancing flutes and trumpets. It's not better or worse, but it is different. His stories are more stark. The themes are darker. But they have their own beauty.
I also really enjoyed the one Damarian tale. As McKinley's writing has matured, her female heroines have become less fairy princesses, and more survivors who find it within themselves to meet challenges and endure. Her heroes also have a few more realistic warts. This story is about a survivor. A woman who keeps her soul intact against all odds, and ultimately finds it within herself (with her sister's encouragement) to follow her dreams and change her destiny. I also liked that it was set in the present day. Perhaps there's just to much realism in it for some - we all know creeps like Hetta's parents - but I think that makes it even more satisfying. Who needs dreams more than those whose reality is a prison?
In any case, if you read the book, read it one story at a time, and enjoy the changing voices.
It has seven stories:
1. Prologue: The Water Sprite
2. Mermaid Song
3. The Sea-King's son
4. Sea serpent
5. Water Horse
7. A pool in the Desert
The stories are mesmerizing, so if you like mermaids and ocean tales, this is a MUST!