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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
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Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published April 14th 2012 by Thea Atkinson (first published April 8th 2012)
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Yodamom
Feb 09, 2013 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
Laura
Jun 16, 2012 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
Linda
Feb 23, 2013 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
Nereid
Sep 24, 2012 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
Sherry Christenson
May 24, 2013 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
Emma
Sep 18, 2012 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
Amy Braun
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book, way better than I was expecting! The story was complex and exciting, though there wasn't much by way of typical action. It still kept up the suspense and drama. I loved the characters as well, especially Yenic. Alaysha is a great main character with a strong heart, thought she doesn't quite know what to do with it. The ending kind of threw me for a loop and I don't know that I'm really buying it (or the whole gravity of it) and I would have liked a little more magic usage, but the wo ...more
Roxanne Glawson
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Roxanne

Wow this book kept me hooked from the first page. Alaysha is water witch. Her father rules her with an iron fist. Can she stay alive thru all the hell coming her way. Will she learn the truth about what really going on and change it for the better.
Pam Blome
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Pretty good story

It was hard to engage with the characters at first with all the killing, but Alaysha grew on me as I kept reading.
Patricia Lynne
Jul 03, 2012 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
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