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Transformation (Water #3)

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Nia and Corwin have each fought their own battles. Now they are Joined together to face their most dangerous enemy yet: Ma'el, the evil Avatar. In order to defeat Ma'el, they must retrieve a magical sword from Atlantis. But after a treacherous journey through the sea, they are shocked to discover that the sword is nowhere to be found.As Nia and Corwin search for the sword, ...more
Paperback, 233 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Avon Books
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Roshani Chokshi
When I read this trilogy, I had just entered that weird moment of ish-adolescence where you're holding your breath and waiting for that final/horrific shove into puberty (Dear 13-year-old Rosh, I wish I could go back in time and snatch that tube of Nair from your hands before you gave yourself a chemical burn mustache). When I read this trilogy, I still wanted to grow up and become a mermaid (this was before I realized that most oceans are cold and so no thank you). The movie Atlantis had come ...more
Kiera Beddes
Mar 18, 2016 Kiera Beddes rated it it was ok
Shelves: eng-420, ya-lit
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Jan 11, 2011 Ithlilian rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
First, I would like to say that I loved this trilogy. There is plenty of action through each book to keep anyone entertained. Unfortunately, this was my least favorite in the series. The book starts out where the last one left off. Nia and friends head into the water to find the peace making sword in Atlantis. Along the way they run into traps laid by Ma'el, but our heroes work together to get through them. When the gang arrives in Atlantis they find it changed completely. During their quest to ...more
Feb 04, 2011 Kathryn rated it liked it
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Feb 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Nia and Corwin are joined together as Avatars, linked together with Gobaith, the young Farworlder. Now they face their greatest challenge yet as they travel to Atlantis to stop the evil Avatar Ma'el and his Farworlder, Joab. Nia and Corwin hope to find a magical, powerful sword that they hope can help them defeat Ma'el for once and for all. But they arrive in Atlantis to find the sword missing. They must search for the sword in the once-grand city, now a ghostly near-ruin. But even if they find ...more
Aug 10, 2009 Betsy rated it really liked it
An easy read. Though the series has a semi-disappointing end.
Mar 11, 2015 Mae rated it it was amazing
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Fantasy Literature
Jun 12, 2013 Fantasy Literature rated it liked it
Transformation is the final book in Kara Dalkey's Water trilogy, beginning with Ascension and continuing with Reunion, both of which are essential reads if you want to understand this final book. Previously, young mermyd called Nia from the underwater city of Atlantis came ashore in order to find Gobiath, a squid-like Farworlder that rules Atlantis. He is one of the last of his kind after Atlantis was betrayed by the evil mermyd Ma'el and his Farworlder Joab, and now Nia is an Avatar (someone ...more
Aubrey McKay
Jul 15, 2015 Aubrey McKay rated it did not like it
Shelves: 13-25
In this less than thrilling conclusion to the Water trilogy (one third of which was actually on land), we dredge through a hundred pages to finally get to the point that the author wishes to make. Corwin and Nia face surmountable obstacles to eventually get home to Atlantis. Once there, they search for the sword, their one hope of defeating Ma'el. The tale finishes in quite the unexpected twist, but the ending is worth getting to.

I started out really loving this trilogy, but it just kept going
Sep 07, 2011 Garrett rated it it was amazing
WOW! This one was epic! I read it in just two sittings - in one day, too. Everything just builds to a huge climax, and there was action around every corner. I still love Nia. The scene in the Farworlder nursery made me cheer her on, because you can tell Nia's ready to kick some Avatar butt. I love Dalkey's writing as well; there were several lines that made me chuckle as I read. We also return to Atlantis in this one, which we didn't get to see in the second novel. I tore through this book, and ...more
Kay Iscah
Nov 28, 2011 Kay Iscah rated it liked it
For the most part, the trilogy as a whole would make for one decent movie, though it would need some rewriting towards the end. The reasoning behind how she ends up floating in the lake is rather thin. I think the story would have been better if Dalkey'd given up on the Arthur tie-in and just ran with the characters/Atlantis world she had developed. If you weren't already familiar with Arthurian Legend, you would be very confused. If you are familiar with Arthurian Legend, you might be put off ...more
Raven R.
Dec 19, 2014 Raven R. rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow.

Sure the end didn't go they way I thought it would. Sure they're romance still burns even if they're not physcially together. But what really did it for me was the way it tied everything back to my Arthurian tales. I love Arthur and all of that, it honestly made me so happy to see the connection. It really did.

So even though they didn't get the romance I wanted it was still okay. Amazing read... even if that underwater sharknado thing got a little too graphic. Seriously. This ser
Aug 16, 2011 Alana rated it liked it
Well, as everyone has been saying, the ending is sad and kind of sucks. For me, the ending is bad for another reason- it feels very incomplete. You've spent a whole series setting up the fate of Atlantis only to not tell us what ends up happening! The book on the whole is better paced than the other two, but the characterization becomes sloppy- if the author didn't mention whose thoughts we were now following, I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference most times. Overall, though, it was a ...more
Feb 24, 2015 Veronica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
I don't know what it is about me that makes me keep reading and loving books that break my heart with their endings, but it's happened again. That isn't to say that this wasn't an excellent book, because it was, but I really wanted to see a happy, happy ending to Nia and Corwin's story not just a bittersweet, happy enough ending. A strong close to an amazing series, I am looking forward to rereading these books and, hopefully, sharing them with my future children.
Gorgo Mage
Aug 10, 2011 Gorgo Mage rated it it was amazing
THESE TRILOGY books are SOO GOOD. kinda cheezy yes, but hey what is wrong with that. its kina a mermaid thing but it plays into a bit of camalot and that whole story. Mostly a scifi with a touch of romance. weird but SOOOO GOOD. ive read them at least three times. but whatever you do, do not read the back of the books because they sound so stupid.
Sep 29, 2011 Lili rated it liked it
I loved the first two of the series a lot, and I kind of liked the first half of this book. but it was the ending that I was just so confused. I was just so mad because I expected more o Kara :| oh well...
Amanda Surowitz
May 23, 2013 Amanda Surowitz rated it really liked it
I suspected what would happen in the epilogue based on the cover, but it was still a pleasant read. The ending does leave me wondering what eventually happened to Corwin and Nia; it would have been nice to know if he did actually return to Atlantis as the new ruler.
Mia Israelsen Blackwelder
This was a pretty good finale to the series. The romance seems a little forced to me and wasn't really developed very strongly. The plot was pretty good, though it was a little rushed at the end. Overall, a good, clean, fun series.
Jan 08, 2012 Tammy rated it it was amazing
Another book from my childhood that I loved. In fact, so much that I wrote a short story in my college fiction class inspired by this. Loved the idea of a kingdom under the sea. I also enjoyed Corwin's transformation to breathing with gills in the beginning of the book. Such a good read.
Jul 20, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it
I loved this trilogy when I read it. It was hard to get a hold of--my library system only had like one copy of each volume, but it was good!
Sep 29, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok
Still a very fast read and interesting but the story was too "neat". Oh look, so and so wasn't really dead. I love you and I have to sacrifice myself. A bit too much and not enough at the same time.
Nick Fitzgerald
Apr 02, 2014 Nick Fitzgerald rated it liked it
Good wrap up to a series. I'm glad I forgot how it ended from when I read it as a tween. I enjoy the story very much.
Feb 18, 2011 Josie rated it really liked it
The Mermyds are back- and this war must end now. Will they come out victorious? Or, will the forever be slaves of an evil dictator? Read this book to conclude the Water series.
Jan 22, 2012 Nora rated it really liked it
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Jul 29, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
And now our mermaid's destiny, and fate, become clear . . . Such a lovely book, with a surprising ending. The whole trilogy is a delight.
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Kara Mia Dalkey is an American author of young adult fiction and historical fantasy. She was born in Los Angeles and has lived in Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Colorado, and Seattle. Much of her fiction is set in the Heian period of Japan.

She was married to author John Barnes; they divorced in 2001. She is a member of the Pre-Joycean Fellowship and of the Scribblies. She is a graduate of the Fashion In
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