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The Water Travelers: Heir of the Unknown

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Adventure finds those who are brave enough to take the first step. Aaron never wanted to pursue kingship, but his care for the lives of his people forced him toward it. When his father, The King of Upitar, sends him on a quest to find a girl who was prophesied long ago to destroy their world, Aaron finds himself fighting the option of running away forever or fulfilling his ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published July 14th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published July 13th 2014)
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Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
More reviews can be found on my blog Blackbird Talks Books

Before even reading this I didn’t even know this book was out there waiting for me to devour. But when the author reached out to me and asked if I would want to read and review it I was immediately intrigued when I read the synopsis. When I first started this book I had no idea what to expect because the synapses doesn’t really give a lot away about the plot, which I really like. I like not knowing what the book is about before diving in.
Glenn Conley
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I didn’t expect to like this book. It’s fantasy, and I’ve never been a big fan of that kind of fiction. Often times, I just find it silly. Childish, if you will. But this book was not silly, or childish. It was actually quite a refreshing read.

It’s the story of The Water Travelers, people who can travel from one planet to another through water portals. Pretty much any body of water that is deep enough to submerge in, can be used for a portal to another world. As the story begins, our hero Aaron,
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Heir of the Unknown is the first book in the Water Travelers series and I am glad that I finally got around to reading it. I thought it was such a fun read and it kept me interested throughout the book. I was dying to know what was going on and was going to happen next! I even stayed up until 1:30AM to finish it knowing that I had to get up for work five hours later. I didn’t want to put it down. I loved the world building and I loved the entire concept of water traveling. I was tempted to jump ...more
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads

Now, before I start this review I should point out that this is definitely a different kind of novel to the type i usually read. I don’t often read YA novels – although when I do I usually really enjoy them so I should read more really!- and fantasy isn’t a genre I tend to read a great deal either. Because of this, I was really intrigued to start The Water Travelers and see what I thought of it.

The novel uses quite simple language and is fairly easy to read and follow. There a
Annette (booknerderie)
Not sure how to rate this... review to come.

Daniel is a fellow blogger and budding author. His debut novel, The Water Travelers is a story rich in adventure and fantasy. And I think Daniel has the potential to grow into a successful author. Did I love this book? No. And that's okay.

Having read too many YA novels has ruined my brain box. I can sniff out plot twists, love triangles, and endings just by how characters are introduced. This novel is no exception. I knew from the moment I learned of
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book introduces you to first to Madalyne, then to Aaron. As Madalyne is living in the world as we know it, her part is shorter; we need to comprehend Aaron’s background to get the picture. When they meet, it is more than ‘boy meets girl’ or ‘when two worlds collide’.

With The Water Travelers: Heir of the Unknown, Daniel Waltz has created a suspenseful story with a hint of romance. The story comprises a variety of characters with sufficient depth and a pretty good combination of fast-paced an
Samantha Dragon
I tried so hard to get into this book, I just was never able to get into it. I'm not a big fan of romance, expecially if the characters are teenager instead of adults. I'm giving it three stars cause, even though I didn't like it I didn't read all of it. The second half cold have been amazing and I just didn't get to it. Maybe I'll pick it up and try to read it again sometime. ...more

please be aware that :
• english is not my first language
• this review was written on may 10th, 2015 by my 16-year-old self

// I got an eARC from the author himself in exchange for an honest review //

First of all, I wanna say I’m sorry because my brain doesn’t wanna work with me right now, so forgive me for any misspelling words here. I’m currently sick and my brain just… it just doesn’t wanna work with me! Ugh! Curse you filthy-little-brain!

I’ve never heard this book before. But then suddenly,
Amanda Beguerie
Actually 3.5 Stars

My WORD was that book a rollercoaster. Not sure if that's a good thing or not.

At the beginning, I wasn't completely into it. It was a little draggy and not really believable. However, I pushed through, and I think that I'm glad that I did.

Writing and Grammar: 3 Stars
The grammar was a little bit sloppy, as if it was written by a teen blogger. Yeah, I'm a teen blogger and occasionally use this style, but I know it's not proper. As a (slightly hypocritical) grammar nazi, it bothe
Lizzy Baldwin
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recently fantasy books and I have had a bit of a fall out and it’s been a long time coming. Although I read all genres of books and am very proud of that as a book blogger fantasy is one of my least favourites. However when I stumble upon one that I enjoy I like to let you all know. So as the rather long blurb points out, the book follows Aaron the prince of Upitar, who is sent on a quest by his father to find a girl who is said to be the one that will end the connection between their world and ...more
ash lloyd spanton
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on

When Daniel Waltz approached me to review his book The Water Travelers, coincidentally I had just added it to my to be read pile. I was really intrigued by the concept of traveling through water to another universe and really interested in where Waltz would take this.

I enjoyed reading this, it was an interesting story and had enough going on to keep me intrigued. I loved the concept of water traveling and the way Aaron was able to bring people with him thro
Alethea Chaney
Jun 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: high-school
For me this was a pretty solid read. It had its ups and downs but kept at a relatively steady pace throughout. The simplistic plot was refreshing and I appreciated the focused direction it took. I loved the basic idea of two worlds that can be breached by traveling through water. It completely embodied the spirit of Fantasy and definitely grabbed my attention.

The secondary romance plot line wasn’t quite up to par for me. The book kicks off with a classic “boy meets girl” moment where Aaron sees
Feb 07, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
This review originally appears on What Am I Reading?

Rate: 1/DNF

I tried really hard, maybe not my hardest, but really hard to read this book. But it wasn't working out. And part of it was just me not having the time and patience in my schedule right now to continue. But part of it was the book.

Everyone has a favorite writing style and if you claim you don't, then you at least have a writing style that you're used to. You normally don't notice these preferences until you read a book and either the
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
The premise of this story sounded very intriguing to me. Even though the execution does need some work, I thought it was quite an interesting read for fans of this genre, like me.

The whole idea behind the ‘water travelling’ was original, and unlike anything I’ve seen before. I loved how the fantasy world of Upitar connected with Earth. I enjoyed reading about how the people of Upitar were familiar with the people of Earth, but at the same time didn’t understand some of the basic things, like dri
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a good book, and so first I’ll give you a summary, and then I will tell you what I thought. :) (I also have come to believe that this is the first book in a series)

Summary: Aaron is the son of the king of Upitar. Upitar and Earth have not gotten along in the past, and the King wants Aaron to go to Earth, bring back a girl, and kill her. There was a prophecy about the girl saying she was going to destroy some pretty important things. Uh-oh. haha. Anyway, Aaron goes to Earth (the people f
Claudia {SparrowHawk}

The only thing this book had going was its premise ― I mean that, in every sense of the word. You have a group of people who are able to travel between their world and Earth, through water!? Yeah, I'm intrigued! However, the book just didn't sit well with me
- The writing is stunted, clunky and the dialogue is stilted
- Most (if not all) of the characters lack the motivation for the actions they carry out. In other word
Josephine Knight
May 08, 2015 rated it liked it
The first book in a fantasy series, The Water Travelers was honestly a great book! I did have some problems with it that may just be pets opal to me but let me just say that this was an awesome book to read if you are looking for an easy, lovely adventure to read.
The world that Daniel has created is so unique and interesting to read about and kept me hooked on wanting to know more. The plot was good, went at an average pace throughout most of the book and by the end it was fast paced and things
Casey Catherine
Jun 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very interesting and unique concept for a story. It took an adventure plot line to another level. The uniqueness of the plot definitely kept me interested the entire time. There were some pros and cons about this book for me.

Pros: Setting and World Building- The setting and the creation of two different worlds was really very well done. You could always tell the difference between the two. A lot of different locat
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ever considered what it would be like to set foot on another planet, more advanced than our own or just different? My husband asks that question daily so I think I may have to give him this book.

The synopsis of this story is that there are 2 planets – Upitar and Earth. These 2 planets are joined by a series of water ways but only the people from Upitar are able to use these waterways to travel back and forth. Upitar is under threat from an unknown force whom his king believes to be a girl on Ear
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Aaron, a water traveler, is heir to be be king in his kingdom of Upitar. Although he doesn’t want the responsibilities, he is willing to do whatever it takes in order to be a good future king for his world. That is until his father gives him an almost impossible mission. In order to become king, he must kill a human girl that was prophesied to destroy the waterways to his world. He hesitantly takes the mission. Once on earth he falls in love with a human girl, despite the difficulties. However, ...more
Heather Lawson
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted here:
A race of people, water travelers, is linked to Earth in a harmonious way - so long as the earthlings never find out about them. Aaron's father, the King of Upitar, needs him to find an earthling girl and kill her before she destroys the waterways and puts their race in jeopardy.

I was pleasantly surprised by this story. It starts relatively slowly, but when the action kicks in, it hooks you. There was a g
Kimi Cope
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series has started off great. You get to meat Mati and Aaron. Mati is from earth and Aaron is sent to get her and he is from another universe. I love a lot of scenes in this book like the water tower scene and the scene where Aaron learns to drive a stick shift. Anyone would like this book young and old. It's not too long and not to short its just right for me. The characters are great and easy to relate to and that's something I look for when rating a book. I read this in a day and did rea ...more
A. Moran-Soley
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Water Travellers' by Daniel Waltz is a great new fantasy adventure aimed at the young adults market.
Aaron and Madi are from different worlds but facing very similar problems - trying to find their way in the world in the face of parent pressure and increasing responsibilities.

Both characters are easy to sympathise with and the relationship that forms between them is very naturally written. Waltz has created a unique world and the way it links to ours is just a brilliant idea. He has also
Amanda Bigger
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Water Travelers is a self-published novel written by 2013 Howell, MI High School graduate Daniel Oswalt under the name Daniel Walt.

Loved this story! I would best describe the book as: young adult/fantasy/adventure. It was a very quick read and definitely leaves you wanting to read book number two!

I gave it 4/5 stars only because as a 30 year old myself, it does read as a young adult book (occasionally underdeveloped or unrealistic) but that is the genre so I wasn't surprised or disappointe
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

It took me longer to read this book because I was reading another one for a book club then some personal stuff came up. It's been a hectic month.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the whole water traveling aspect!! I really enjoyed envisioning my own version of Upitar!

The ending of the book shocked me and I can't wait to read the next one!!
Dori Sabourin
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Aaron, who lost his older brother Samuel, in his youth, is destined to become King of Upitar. His father, the King gives him a task to do, as a prerequisite to his ordination. He has to go to Earth, and find the girl who it is prophesied will close the waterways so the people of Upitar, and some other planets with water travelers will no longer be able to water travel. He is ordered to kill her which is against Aaron's nature. On Earth, he meets Madi, not realizing that she is the girl who he is ...more
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Disclaimer: The author of this book contacted me via my WordPress site and requested a book review. I said sure, but I bought my own copy with my own hard-earned money. So there you go. Consider yourself informed.

The official title of this book is, The Water Travelers: Heir of the Unknown. It’s the first book in a series by first-time author Daniel Waltz (as of this writing, book 2 is available). I don’t know if the concept in this book is unique, but it was unique to me, so I was curious about
Stephanie Fischer
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-novels, reviewed
Great read!

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me in exchange for a honest review. 

The Water Travelers was not the novel I expected it to be from the start. The beginning of it was action-packed and kept my heart racing. First Chapter, we met Madi Harper, a human being from Earth going about her daily life. Second Chapter, we met Aaron Archien, the prince of Upitar, who happened to be chasing a bad guy throughout his kingdom. The ability to water travel to other parts of their world is what ultim
Draegon Grey
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I realize that all reviews are subjective. Daniel, the author asked be transformed into his world and share my experience. Most important for me reading a story, particularly non-fiction, the goal while venturing into the author's world is to be taken from my world for the time I am reading. The Water Travelers did that especially being it's a fantasy novel.
This is the story of a young man, Aaron meeting a young girl, Madi. They find they have chemistry that lasts through their many adventures
Angela Mazon
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Daniel Waltz for giving me the eBook copy of his book in exchange of an honest review.

Let me start my saying that the protagonist here in this book has the same name of my dog, which is Aaron. It was a bit awkward because sometimes, I imagine my dog being the protagonist of the book. AND THAT WAS INSANE! Totally insane.

Anyway, I didn't find out about the name of the protagonist not until I started reading the book. I actually don't know what the story is about not until I f
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