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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing; large type edition edition (25 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155404961X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554049615
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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From a landslide beginning `Wind Over Troubled Waters' sweeps us along with the perfect mix of misadventure and challenge on Cerridwen and Sasha's parallel quests.

Batten down the hatches! Wind Over Troubled Waters sweeps readers into a future world devastated by flood. Surviving a landslide, grief and desolation, Cerridwen's quest is to fulfill her mother's dying wish. Sasha's quest is for freedom, adventure and meaning for her life.
The world Stanley and Parzefall create is familiar in a frightening way. The journey through a future flood-ravaged world reveals the value of the storyteller, the healer, the quick witted and the strong. Through Cerridwen and Sasha's parallel quests we rediscover the value of old skills, loyalty, compassion, freedom and the deeper emotion of love.
A maelstrom of adventures and challenges contrast with the beautiful crafting of characters and settings and sweep Wind Over Troubled Waters straight onto the `favourites' shelf.
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The world we know has changed in a great flood. Well, that’s different from nuclear war or zombies, so I’ll go with it. Within a few generations, the world of today has been swept away and the descendants of the survivors have been thrown back into the Dark Ages. This is Corn World, the last known place on Earth. And Britland lies in its westernmost peninsula.

Here we follow Cerridwen, the heroine, as she embarks on a journey across a land unknown to both her and the reader. Cerridwen is a sweet girl, good-hearted, wise in herb lore, and a gifted aura reader. Oh, and she’s the Chosen One. Of course she’s the Chosen One—she has no character flaws or any kind of imperfections that might make her human.

There are others in this curiously beatific post-Apocalyptic world: Trevly the pig-whisperer, who speaks with animals, brave and clever Aron, and the tempestuous Sasha. Much of the time, the action bounces back and forth between the two couples, Cerridwen & Trevly and Aron & Sasha. That forces readers to keep track of who's who, which is difficult, since Aron and Trevly are pretty much the same character except that Trevly does the pig-talking thing. Amusingly, the first time Trevly and Aron meet, it's when they're both searching for their lost women.

Except for one truly psychopathic rapist, none of the characters in this post-Apocalyptic world seem all that bad. Even the thugs mostly come off as big dumb scoundrels. Sasha finds Boris the Brute as appealing as the clever and handsome Aron. Most of the characters tend to have good reasons to do bad things.

When I saw the word “husk band” in place of “husband”, I thought it was a typo.
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It is not unusual for me to read a book in one sitting, but usually I take time for bathroom breaks and even snacks and water. But this book never let me put it down, not even for a second. I was totally absorbed into the authors' world and could see it and the characters as the story unfolded. I am eager for the sequel to come out and will shamelessly beg for a sneak preview.

I am also impressed by the authors' combined voice. Even with previous knowledge of other manuscripts by each, I am unable to recognize their individual voices. I can point to no word or scene with any conviction of who wrote or devised it.

Even more amazing, especially to those who know me and my past work, I felt no urges to get out a red pen. And those urges tend to be common even when reading books from more acclaimed publishers.

So someone take pity on me please and get me more to read from this duo!!
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The story is set in post-apocalyptic Britland, offering a vivid picture of what used to be Great Britain after the big floods have destroyed everything. Civilization has come to an abrupt halt and humanity returns to the times when day-to-day survival was hard work. In this world, Cerridwen embarks on a journey to Saint Eyes, fulfilling a promise to her mother. Both have a gift to see into the past, and this gift tells them of a mural pointing to a better future for Britland. Along the way, Cerridwen meets Trevly, whose gift is to communicate with nature, and a group of people all very different, and all so well described they feel like friends to the reader.

It is very easy to picture the characters in this fantasy world, the description of man, animal and nature. Each stop on the way to Saint Eyes is a new adventure. The fight for survival, the worst and best of humanity, are portrayed in such rich detail it's impossible to put the book down.

I highly recommend this book, the first in a series. The story is a treat for readers of any genre, not only those who enjoy fantasy. Although impossible to know how Britland and its inhabitants would look like, the writers rise to the challenge, giving us a world so foreign, yet so familiar.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd8f1bc) out of 5 stars Witty and gloomy 27 April 2012
By A. Solveigh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
After a devastating flood the modern world as we know it is taken back to an archaic life where violence predominates and people are struggling for their lives. While humanity is threatening to collapse a group of people are fighting to prevent a major calamity.

Cerridwen, a healer who can see auras is the only hope for the world. She bonds with Trevly, the nature boy who has highly developed senses. Sasha, a haunted wanderer who seeks happiness in materialistic values, and her two 'knights' roam Corn World. When their path crosses that of Cerridwen and Trevly, they must decide if they want to join her quest or seek the treasure the mural in Saint Eyes is supposed to point to. Each character has abilities that turn out to be essential for reaching the mural that is said to help rescue the world.

This fantasy novel is set in a world that is masterly described. A marvelous entertainment, by turns witty and gloomy, full of profound insight into human nature with nicely crafted characters to which I got attached more with every turn of the page.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e03d9fc) out of 5 stars Hooked! 26 April 2012
By Silvia Villalobos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The story is set in post-apocalyptic Britland, offering a vivid picture of what used to be Great Britain after the big floods have destroyed everything. Civilization has come to an abrupt halt and humanity returns to the times when day-to-day survival was hard work. In this world, Cerridwen embarks on a journey to Saint Eyes, fulfilling a promise to her mother. Both have a gift to see into the past, and this gift tells them of a mural pointing to a better future for Britland. Along the way, Cerridwen meets Trevly, whose gift is to communicate with nature, and a group of people all very different, and all so well described they feel like friends to the reader.

It is very easy to picture the characters in this fantasy world, the description of man, animal and nature. Each stop on the way to Saint Eyes is a new adventure. The fight for survival, the worst and best of humanity, are portrayed in such rich detail it's impossible to put the book down.

I highly recommend this book, the first in a series. The story is a treat for readers of any genre, not only those who enjoy fantasy. Although impossible to know how Britland and its inhabitants would look like, the writers rise to the challenge, giving us a world so foreign, yet so familiar.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa006d0c0) out of 5 stars Straight to my 'Favourite' Shelf... 25 April 2012
By Rosalie Skinner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
From a landslide beginning `Wind Over Troubled Waters' sweeps us along with the perfect mix of misadventure and challenge on Cerridwen and Sasha's parallel quests.

Batten down the hatches! Wind Over Troubled Waters sweeps readers into a future world devastated by flood. Surviving a landslide, grief and desolation, Cerridwen's quest is to fulfill her mother's dying wish. Sasha's quest is for freedom, adventure and meaning for her life.
The world Stanley and Parzefall create is familiar in a frightening way. The journey through a future flood-ravaged world reveals the value of the storyteller, the healer, the quick witted and the strong. Through Cerridwen and Sasha's parallel quests we rediscover the value of old skills, loyalty, compassion, freedom and the deeper emotion of love.
A maelstrom of adventures and challenges contrast with the beautiful crafting of characters and settings and sweep Wind Over Troubled Waters straight onto the `favourites' shelf.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9df213f0) out of 5 stars : Dark, Edgy, Confronting. Humanity in the raw. 25 April 2012
By Calamity - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Wind Over Troubled Waters, the first book in a futuristic fantasy series, is a dark, edgy novel, driven by flawed and tortured people struggling to survive in their battered and ruined communities. At its heart, seventeen-year old Cerridwen casts a shining light. She is the hope for humanity.

The story hooks us in the opening scene when Cerridwen flees with her mother from a devastating mudslide in the dead of night. She draws us into her primitive future - a future where derelict buildings and abandoned cars planted with wild herbs are the only evidence of an advanced civilization before the great flood destroyed it.

Cerridwen, named after the goddess of healing, sets out from Red Roof on a quest to find the wise old woman of Hailing who will guide her towards fulfilling her destiny. It is her mother's dying wish that Cerridwen (Wen) make her country, Britland, a better place for everyone through the power of a moonstone ring.

Even at this young age, it is clear Wen is a gifted healer. She sees and interprets auras of those around her and has visions of the Britland of a bygone era. She comes to rely on a mysterious traveller, named Trevly, who has exceptionally well-developed senses and the ability to calm the wildest beast. Together they make the dangerous trek through Corn World to Hailing. Along the way, Wen brings hope and healing to the needy, in spite of the abuses they subject her to.

Cerridwen's story runs parallel to Sasha's, a manipulative, materialistic woman whose nature and purpose are in stark contrast to Wen's. Sasha travels from the opposite direction, with her two `knights', Boris, a rough brute, and Aron, the man who rescued her from a cruel `husk band' in Pens Dance. Sasha delights in pitting the two men against each other while they travel through Corn World in search of a better future for her, but she becomes separated from them with dire consequences.

The contrast in the lives and nature of the two women is a striking reminder that most people seek a better life for themselves and their friends, but very few of us seek to improve the life of strangers.

In this violent age, where misconceptions lead men to torture the innocent, people still attempt to create order out of chaos. When men put aside rivalries for the love of a woman and communities overcome bias and anger to show mercy, we see the signs of human decency and dignity.

Wind Over Troubled Waters is the powerful creation of co-authors Edith Parzefall and Francene Stanley. The writing is seamless. I couldn't quess which characters belonged to which writer. But, come to think of it, the scenes definitely came from an unusually high creative stimulus. Ms Parzefall and Ms Stanley place before us an honest portrait of human nature at its best and worst. Every character and incident moves the story forward, forcing us to confront humanity in the raw...with eyes wide open. #
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e43b7ec) out of 5 stars Wind Over Troubled Waters 9 Jun. 2012
By Jennifer Killby - Published on Amazon.com
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Wind Over Troubled Waters is a delight to read. Cerridwen will capture your heart from the beginning. Her kind giving nature in a brutal unfair world will inspire those who read it. The other friends she meets on the way are the right mix of talent, brute, and exquisite elegance that balances out the world they travel through. You'll love the tender way Edith and Francene weave their words to form a poetic view of a world gone terribly wrong. This book is a definite read for anyone of any age and for those who are looking for something different.

I enjoyed every minute of it.
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