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Water Witch (Witches of Etlantium #1)

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Enter an ancient world filled with magic, romance, sorcery, and danger--a place where legends are born, wars fought, and love is denied . . .

All power has a high price, and no one knows that better than Alaysha, a formidable and beautiful water witch living in the realm of Sarum. As daughter of the most powerful man in the city, she should be free to do as she pleases, but
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published April 14th 2012 by Thea Atkinson (first published April 8th 2012)
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Feb 09, 2013 Yodamom rated it really liked it
A young girl raised by her distant father to be a warrior and kill his enemies. To live without emotions, no fear, and no attachments. She is his blade, his witch, and he treats her with disdain. She kills, never questioning him until she wipes out one village of people that have similar markings as her own. She starts asking questions about her dead mother's people and why she has to kill them. More questions are raised when one of the village shows himself to her and she doesn't turn him in to ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This book was a little slow in the beginning but quickly picked up. It is interesting and kept my attention because I wanted to find out more. Alaysha is a Water Witch who can kill people by taking the water from them and the earth. Alaysha is treated bad by everyone around her including her father. She doesn't know anything about her mothers family history until she meets Yenic, who then gives her information about he ...more
Feb 23, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
“When a witch can't control her own power, others will try to control her.” Alaysha is a unique witch raised by an emotionally distant father who uses her as a weapon to gain more land and control his subjects. She is raised in isolation and taught to view people only as targets. Fear brings her devastating power forth, which she can barely control, so she has learned to separate herself from her emotions. When one villager escapes from her power, her father orders her to track him down. Alaysha ...more
Sep 27, 2012 Nereid rated it liked it
Shelves: magic-and-mayhem
Alaysha has the power to end them all, she is a water witch. Ostracised and feared for her gift, she is used as a weapon by her father to decimate those who oppose him. She is tired of being used and runs away only to stumble on to an evil man much worse than her father. Into the mix comes Yenic the last of her mother's tribe and he has offered to train her so she has control of the power but he also offers her companionship which she has never had before. Interesting story how Alaysha comes int ...more
Lisa Bateman
Jun 10, 2016 Lisa Bateman rated it it was amazing
This book was so emotional for me. It is a somber story of a young woman with the ability to draw all water from anything or anyone around her. I could feel all her emotions all through the book. She was treated so bad by her people. Especially her tyrannical father! I hated him so bad. He used her all his life to fight his war battles. Even when she was a tiny toddler and couldn't control her ability. He also never showed her any kindness. I could only imagine how it would feel to live all your ...more
Sherry Christenson
May 24, 2013 Sherry Christenson rated it really liked it
Well written creative story.

I found this an easy read that pulled me in right from the beginning. I wasn't sure I could relate to Alaysha as she seemed so unaffected by the death she caused but quickly saw that was not the case. Her concern for her sister Browyn and Aedus was genuine I knew she would risk everything for them. I love the story and immediately bought blood witch as I miss the characters already
Jacque Brant
Mar 28, 2015 Jacque Brant rated it it was amazing

Thea Atkinson has created a world beyond belief!! Alaysha is one bad a** woman!! All her characters come together in this electrifying story that I blew thru all 4 books in no time!!! Thea gifted me with this series, so I can't leave a review for all the books, so it's all right here!!! I've never wanted to jump into a world as I did reading this series!! I'm utterly useless for words, yet this series is stunningly beautiful, mysterious, sexy, sensual, gripping and just WOW!!! BRILL
Maureen Hoar
Mar 17, 2016 Maureen Hoar rated it really liked it
Different but good

I like this book. Its very different but I like it. The world is dark and bleak but somehow familiar. The characters are dark, well imagined and compelling. The struggle for truth and good is written on every page. I loved ashalyns fight for her freedom and the her search for love and her place in the world. Her life is balanced on the edge of a knife. One push could unbalance her and destroy her and the world. I am conflicted by two characters, Yuri her father and yenic the yo
Sep 30, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed this. The characters are well constructed and the world building was fantastic. I just love the magic system you are building. Will definitely be reading your next one xo
Debra Martin
Jan 23, 2016 Debra Martin rated it it was amazing
Alaysha has been used and abused as a killing machine by her father, Yuri the Conqueror. She has undergone brutal training sessions to strip her of any emotional response to the destruction and death she causes with her magic. She's a pawn in a grand scheme, but when she meets Yenic, a survivor from one of the villages she decimated, her worldview begins to change. Alaysha starts down the dangerous path to find out who she really is and to know her heritage, but who can she trust--her father who ...more
C.M. Truxler
Jul 09, 2012 C.M. Truxler rated it really liked it
Thea Atkinson’s Water Witch is an adventure in magical creativity. The story’s base places the reader in the midst of a world overrun by power hungry leaders and supernatural conquests. Delight envelops the reader as each moves further into the Alaysha’s world where ruling powers will do anything to control her and her powers.

The plot is well developed and interesting, holding the reader’s interest with no effort. Atkinson has created a new spin on the standard hero’s quest, rich with vibrant l
Patricia Lynne
Jul 19, 2012 Patricia Lynne rated it really liked it
The story starts off shortly after Alaysha destroys an entire village. What she is capable of is laid out before us and it is quite horrifying. Especially given the fact that she can't really control it. She releases the power and if you're within reach you are DEAD. Of course, this power makes her quite useful to her conquering father. But it also leaves her feared and hated. Alaysha has spent the majority of her life alone and hated, constantly sent out to destroy. In a way, she is a slave. Th ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Fawn rated it really liked it
This is different from what I am used to in fantasy. You are introduced to a character who has spent her whole life so far believing what she is told as she is used as a weapon and a tool. I would like to read the next book. I hope the characters evolve a little more in the next one. I would like to see Alaysha grow and move a little out of the innocence part to help you understand more of what is happening in her world. This is a good introduction to a new kind of series.
Alane Magana
Nov 15, 2015 Alane Magana rated it liked it
I'm always looking for a new fantasy author.

I found one. I'm a huge fan of fantasy and magic and Water Witch is an enjoyable read. A plausible plot leaves you sympathetic to the heroine and keeps you reading to the end hoping she overcomes the obstacles before her.
Mar 14, 2016 Sandy rated it liked it
This series good, really good. They are hard to follow though, so it is imperative to get her free prequel from her web site. I gave each book a three because the story is so convoluted. Ms. Andrews says she writes off-center, and she does.
Tobyann Aparisi
Feb 16, 2013 Tobyann Aparisi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who like to read about romance, and magic
Recommended to Tobyann by: bookbub
This was well thought out. The characters well described and you could sympathize for them or whatever emotion was supposed to be provoked. The story flowed well. I guess all in all it just was not for me. It was fine as a stand a lone book and with a few more chapters I felt could have been wrapped up completely but I see this will become a series and well I just wasn't that taken that I would want to read more and more about these characters. The author is talented though and I feel could use ...more
Sep 21, 2014 Ky rated it really liked it
A different kind of witch story.
Jul 18, 2015 Yvonne rated it liked it
So many unanswered questions

This book is a cliffhanger, big time. No sex scenes, and I never really could identify with the main character, but there was no conclusion to the story. It's kind of a turn off.
Jamie Johnson
Jan 31, 2014 Jamie Johnson rated it liked it
I liked this book but found it a bit slow.
Larry Enright
Apr 15, 2013 Larry Enright rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Water Witch immensely for its story line - a person of power being used by people of uncertain motives - but what I found most excellent was the compelling and complex character portrayals, not only of the witch, but of the minor characters as well. I love character-driven literature, especially fantasy, and I highly recommend Water Witch to those of similar tastes.
Mary Beth
Jun 19, 2012 Mary Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Let me start by saying I don't normally read these types books. I was given the opportunity to review this book by the author. Alaysha is a young witch with powers that she is not quite in control of. Her father seems to only want her for the power she possesses. I enjoyed this story; and look forward to finding out what happens in this series.
Jan 17, 2016 Tammy rated it liked it
Shelves: my-ebook
this was good - not spectacular, but still good. Good enough that I'll go on to book 2.
Axle Black
Mar 13, 2013 Axle Black rated it really liked it
Water Witch is not of the genre that I normally read, but I thoroughly enjoyed every page. I found the content to be of a very macabre nature, but clean, well written, and very well conceived. The story line is such that you want to keep reading on through the night. I'll be reading the next in the series for sure.
Feb 25, 2013 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-free
A very interesting and very complete world. Unfortunately the story itself felt incomplete. Yes, I know it is part of a series, but I strongly believe that each book in a series should still tell a complete story in itself. It has intrigued me enough that I'd still be happy to read more of the series.
May 19, 2013 DL rated it it was ok
I really could not even continue after the first chapter.
Hailey Lindgren
Jun 14, 2015 Hailey Lindgren rated it liked it
Reas this book in one day and on kindle
Nov 19, 2013 Isis rated it liked it
To come. . .
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Thea writes what she calls left-of-mainstream fiction. No matter what the theme, it's often dark, gritty, edgy, and doesn't fit into any one recognizable genre.

She has been an editor, a freelancer, and a teacher, but fiction is her passion. She now blogs and writes and twitters. Not necessarily in that
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