• CK Sorens

Book Review: The Living Waters

Happy December! I hope this late part of the year is treating you well. I have a fantastic share for you from Dan Fitzgerald. I've reviewed his debut trilogy, and though only The Archives (book2) and The Place Below (book 3) have posts on my blog, you can find these and my review for the first book, Hollow Road, on Goodreads and Amazon.

A fan of his work, I jumped on the chance to join him and Story Tellers On Tour to tell you about the first book in his latest duology. They have an amazing giveaway running, which I will link you to at the end of the post. And to catch other portions of this book tour, please check out the tour schedule here.

In The Living Waters, Dan is showing us an entirely new portion of the world he's created, with pale skinned people who wear paint to protect themselves, to tall, elongated beings who take care of the secret lands called the Living Waters.


About The Living Waters

When two painted-faced nobles take a guided raft trip on a muddy river, they expect to rough it for a few weeks before returning to their life of sheltered ease, but when mysterious swirls start appearing in the water even their seasoned guides get rattled.

The mystery of the swirls lures them on to seek the mythical wetlands known as the Living Waters. They discover a world beyond their imagining, but stranger still are the worlds they find inside their own minds as they are drawn deep into the troubles of this hidden place.

The Living Waters is a Sword-Free Fantasy novel featuring an ethereal love story, meditation magic, and an ancient book with cryptic marginalia.

Add The Living Waters to your Goodreads lists, or purchase it via Shadowspark Publications or Amazon.


My Review

The Living Waters presents the reader with a leisurely boat ride steeped in the mystery of an unexplained phenomenon - the swirls. Though they'd been seen rarely in clear waters, they are now appearing closer to human settlements and no one knows why.

The novel was a bit tricky for me to get into at first, simply because we were dropped into some very specific cultural events before two of the main POV characters go off on their roughabout, which is the core of the novel. Once we're on the river, though, I felt as if I was floating along with them, meeting new people and discovering new things. By the time we're caught in the Living Waters, I was fully in, and ready for the next book so the story wouldn't end.

There were some moments it was tricky for me to follow whose POV I was reading as it's in third person, though every POV has a definite and specific role to play so I wasn't too bothered to flip back to remind myself. Just something to keep in mind for readers who prefer fewer POV's.

Over all, I love Dan's easy style and the way the chapters flow into one another. The world he has created is diverse and well developed and I am excited to read more of it in the future.


About the Author

Dan Fitzgerald is the fantasy author of the Maer Cycle trilogy (character-driven low-magic fantasy) and the upcoming Weirdwater Confluence duology (sword-free fantasy with unusual love stories). The Living Waters comes out October 15, 2021 and The Isle of a Thousand Worlds arrives January 15, 2022, both from Shadow Spark Publishing.

He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, twin boys, and two cats. When not writing he might be found doing yoga, gardening, cooking, or listening to French music.

Find Dan Fitzgerald at:

Website: https://www.danfitzwrites.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanFitzWrites

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danfitzwrites/


Don't forget to enter the giveaway run by Storytellers On Tour! Click the image to be taken to the submission page, and good luck!


A note from C.K. Sorens

The Street Team sign-ups are officially closed for Afflicted, book two in the Trimarked Series! There's still a chance to help out, though. ARC readers are an important part of the process by providing one of the most important pieces of a book's success - reviews! ARC sign-ups are open through December 17th for everyone who wasn't quite ready to join a street team, but are still interested in helping out with Afflicted's release.

To let me know you're interested, let me know via my Contact page. To keep up to date about my books, be sure to sign up for my newsletter where I'll be announcing a contest of my own, soon! You can also find me on Instagram or Facebook. To buy Trimarked, check out this link for a short list of retailers or ask for it to be ordered at your favorite bookstore.

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