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Water Witch (Elemental Magic, #1) (Witches of Etlantium #1)

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When a witch can't control her own power, someone will certainly control her.

ALAYSHA is a unique witch reared to be the tool of Sarum's Emir--who just happens to be her own father--to conquer and plunder lesser tribes, bringing them into the city as chattel for its citizens to own and exploit in their own turn. Lately, though, he has used her to destroy entire villages, ta
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Published April 14th 2012 by Thea Atkinson (first published April 8th 2012)
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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
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
“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
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
Sherry Christenson
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

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
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
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
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
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.
Tobyann Aparisi
Feb 16, 2013 Tobyann Aparisi rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
A different kind of witch story.
Jamie Johnson
I liked this book but found it a bit slow.
Larry Enright
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
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.
Axle Black
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.
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.
I really could not even continue after the first chapter.
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 order.

Please visit her blog for ramblings, guest posts, giveaways, and more
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