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The Waterfall Traveler

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  29 reviews
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All eighteen-year-old Ri wants is to cure her adoptive father Samuel from his hallucination-inducing illness. Everyone in her village tells her it's impossible. But when she meets two newcomers in the forest—a gruff rogue with a vendetta against the gods and a charming fugitive with the power to travel through water—she'll be torn away fr
ebook, 439 pages
Published April 19th 2017 (first published April 17th 2017)
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Vishnu Chevli
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, english
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Frankly speaking, I chose "The Waterfall Traveler" based on its cover only. From the cover, I thought that book would be a light read for kids. But it proved me wrong completely. The book was more than a kids genre.

'The Waterfall Traveller" is a story in a fantasy world. This world was created and maintained by three God-siblings. A girl name Ri, adopted by a guy called Samuel, spent all her childhood in her village with Samuel. They lived a life of the outcast. One fi
Josh Mendelssohn
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome read! Ri is so lovable and fun. She's got a sort of edginess to her, and she's certainly a strong character. Very easy to like a cheer for.

The dialogue between the characters was smooth throughout. Very well polished. Plus there's a lot of back and forth witty lines, often with some fun flirting that always made me smile.

Carter can be a bit overconfident and not all that loyal... but weirdly, I really like him anyway.

Baxter is a cool bro. Badass warrior type, man of few word
Melanie James
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this story and found myself reading late into the night to finish it. The characters are so well developed. Ri (the main character) is likable, but my favorite character by far was Mallory. He's not really the villain--but he's far from the good guy too. Because of this, we're constantly kept guessing what his motives are... That goes for the other characters too, even the love interests.

I recommend this book
Constanza Mayer
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading Lem’s work and I have to say that I have become and instant fan. The Prologue captivated me completely with its beautiful description and history, I was very glad to see that this is something that echoes throughout the entire book. I personally enjoy descriptive books that contain a balanced amount of dialogue and action, and that is exactly what I found in “The Waterfall Traveler”. The story starts out with Ri, a headstrong eighteen-year-old, that wants to cure he ...more
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book One of this young adult fantasy introduces its tale with a map showing an island off the shore of a land mass which includes such intriguing images as a castle at Sea Dragon's Point and a mountain range called Funeral Mountains. This provides a visual sense of the landscape and adds an element of intrigue right from the start. Enhancing the sense of adventure is a prologue that features a goddess, her brother Death, and her sister Fate, who together weave a new world.

But this sense of magi
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Engaging YA fantasy with a beautiful cover. This book exceeded my expectations. I was thinking this would be in the younger spectrum of the YA genre, so I was pleasantly surprised.

Ri is driven by emotion, for sure, which means logic sometimes takes a back seat when she makes decisions. This can be a little irritating for some readers, but it's why I like her character. That's not to say she isn't strong, though. She takes charge and makes quick decisions, even if they are impulsive at times.

Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Waterfall Traveller is a fun and entertaining read which brings you into a world where in every country, the weater is different. In the town where it all began for Samuel, Ri's adoptive father, a horrible man reigns the por with an iron fist. But two guys stand there and smuggle healing weeds and medicine into the city. Rice, Mallory and Baxter are part of this unforgiving town and help Ri get back to Samuel, but what she discovers on her way back is not only amazing, but also confusing and ...more
T. Gillmore
I love this story! I’m not much of a Fantasy reader, but within the first chapter, I was taken to an imaginary world that felt real. The story is character driven, especially confronted with their own problems and demons. The protagonist, Ri, takes each dilemma realistically and is one of the reasons why I enjoyed the story. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I do need to mention the hideous monsters that prey on the people. The story grows intense, definitely a page-turner, and its mature f ...more
Deanna Kahler
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Waterfall Traveler is a unique book filled with adventure and fantasy. It was very well written, and the author's vivid descriptions really brought the scenes to life. There are many conflicts, dangers and twists throughout, which keep the story interesting.

Main character Ri is a strong, brave young women who isn't afraid to stand up for herself or take risks to help those she cares about. I loved the hint of romance between her and Bryce, as well as the tension between her and Carter.

The st
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free though Xpresso Book Tours.

I’ll admit the cover was the first thing to catch my eye. It really jumped out of the email from Xpresso Tours and right at me. The description made it sound like a unique fantasy story, so I requested to be put on the tour. But this book was so much more than what first impressions made it seem.

The Waterfall Traveler, is about Ri an orphan who lives with her guardian Samuel, however Samuel’s mind is affected by a strange ailment and by the ti
Nana Roberts
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great read. I lost myself completely with the characters. Please tell me their more to read by this Author.
Liz Delton
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The world behind it is just as intriguing and mysterious as the cover will lead you to believe. Ri just wants to cure her adoptive father Samuel, but two chance encounters in the woods lead her on a wild journey through worlds she never knew–and Samuel and his sickness are part of a much bigger tale. And to top it off, a strange phenomenon called the Culling is wreaking fatal havoc wherever they go.

The characters immediately grow on you. Ri herself had an element to her that I couldn’t quite pla
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had some issues with Ri. Scratch that, a lot of issues with Ri. She much of the book reacting to the plot, but never felt a part of that plot. Samuel wandering off and Ri chasing after him is how the book opens. From there its uneven pacing as she meets Mallory (an extremely questionable sort who alternately threatens and sort of mentors Ri), Bryce (also rather questionable, but less dangerous than Mallory and protective of Ri), and Baxter (ok so he's questionable too, but not as much as the o ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
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The Waterfall Traveler is an interesting title that combined YA fantasy and engaging characters. I liked this title because of it's main character Ri and in spite of its YA nature (as I'm not a big YA fan). However the plot pace was a bit slow in places and the ending thankfully made up for it (while it was predictable, it was still a lot of fun to read). ...more
Martin Felando
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Author SJ Lem vividly articulates a fantastic fantasy world that I thoroughly enjoyed. Young, spirited Ri finds romance and adventure during her journey into another realm to find her adoptive father Samuel.

What I really liked about the story are the moment-to-moment descriptions of people and places, and what is going on inside Ri’s heart and soul.

Ri’s soul by the way has a lot to do with what started this fast-paced adventure.

I got into The Waterfall Traveler quickly – a lot of the excitemen
Morgan Sheppard
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young_adult
THE WATERFALL TRAVELER is the first book in The Waterfall Traveler series although I can't actually find the second book. This tells the story of Ri, an outcast in her village who loves and cares for Samuel, an elderly man suffering from The Sickness. She meets mysterious men in the Dark Woods and ends up being taken to a completely different place where all she wants to do is return home.

There are a handful of characters who assist her along the way - Bryce (the Waterfall Traveler), Carter (his
Amy Shelton
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I absolutely adore fantasy stories. They allow you to enter another world in your mind and enjoy a story that is intriguing, and oh so enjoyable. It’s so fun to read about things that wouldn’t necessarily happen in real life but are fun to daydream about. This story was no different. It was an absolute incredible escape from reality!
The characters really made this book as enjoyable as it was. Their relationships with each other, or non-r
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
When I started reading The Waterfall Traveler, I thought that it was a young adult book. However, the characters never quite felt mature enough for a YA novel (even though they weren't children). I think this might be a case of "it's me, not you" for this book though.

This pacing of this book was very slow for me. Part of that may have been due to the fact that I never really connected with any of the characters. Additionally, there were some oddly sexual comments by one of the characters that d
E.M. McIntyre
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Waterfall Traveler is a unique fantasy adventure that had me reading late into the night and devouring the rest in my next sitting. All the characters were interesting and extremely well developed - my favorite was Mallory. The only con I found with this story was the length - there were bits here and there which I skimmed through to get back to the dialogue and/or action, but everything else about the story was so good that this aspect couldn't keep me from loving it. A big thumbs up for th ...more
Donna Mulvenna
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not usually one to read a story set in a fantasy world, but The Waterfall Traveler was recommended to me and the cover sold me. I thought it would be a light-hearted, easy read that I'd skim through. What a surprise to find instead a book with strong characters, engaging dialogue, wit and humour, with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. I savoured every word. Highly recommended. ...more
Esther Haddie's Haven
DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC of this book for honest review. My opinion is my own and remains unbiased.

This was a very enjoyable read for me. I feel this is a book all readers will like. The characters, especially Ri, were very fun and adventurous. It was smooth transition throughout the story. Loved it.
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The story was intricately and cleverly woven. This one gave me a sadness hangover when it ended. I'm so glad she is writing more! ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
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I tried so hard to like this book, and while based on the description I should, it's just not for me. First of all, it was insanely long for the story it was trying to tell. There were so many places that the scene could have been shortened just a little bit, and it would have made a lot of difference. Secondly, the characters with the exception of one all seemed the same to me. Especially the boys. They just all seemed to do the same things, and their personalities were inter
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May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Complex characters, beautiful descriptions, and sharp writing along with a captivating story makes this a fantastic read for young and older fantasy fans alike. Readers of Shannon Messenger's Keeper of the Lost Cities series will adore this new adventure, which promises to be a thrilling and engaging series in and of itself. The cover will draw you in, but the storyteller will keep you reading. ...more
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