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Waters and the Wild

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Amy was five when she vanished during a family trip, only to be found hours later, clutching a golden acorn and claiming to have visited fairies. Now she's eighteen and the fairies are calling her back.

While attending a wedding deep in the Antrim glens, the voices grow darker and their song takes hold. Not sure if she's mad or if the fairies are real, she flees, drawing w
Kindle Edition, 183 pages
Published July 23rd 2017 by Inspired Quill
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Annie Rose
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a completely enthralling new novel from Jo Zebedee! Throughout 'Waters and the Wild' there's a haunting sense of disparateness - between goodness and evil, darkness and light, truth and lies and, movingly, between what each character believes they know and what really is. From the very opening chapter, the reader falls headlong into a mother's nightmare; on holiday in the Glens of Antrim, little Amy suddenly and completely disappears. We're drawn into spiralling panic as Amy's family search ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it

It can be tricky reading authors you've read plenty of when they branch out and try a different trick, as the brain expects certain things and when other things happen there is a dissonance.

Maybe its that which led me to be lukewarm about the opening chapters of Jo Zebedee's Waters and the Wild. Or maybe it was trying to do so with my mind elsewhere. Maybe its just I didn't care much for Simon, the PoV character at the book's opening. Its Simon, lad around Belfast and nice chap, who drags us
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When you think Northern Irish literature, you think dark and scary, right? Well, "Waters and the Wild" is dark and scary, but not in the way you're thinking. "The Troubles" are only mentioned in passing. These modern Northern Irish characters are living perfectly normal lives. Except for the fairies.

Yes, fairies. This is a story of psychological, not political, unrest. Amy was taken away by the fairies as a small child. Ever since, they've been haunting her. Or does she suffer from schizophrenia
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Zebedee paints a powerful portrait of a family being torn to shreds by the main character's possible schizophrenia and/or psychosis, as well as by the feelings of guilt, helplessness and anger that follow in her illness' wake. At the same time, we get a compelling drama as the main character, Amy, desperately tries to escape the clutches of the fairies who may or may not be figments of her imagination. (And these aren't your average, everyday fairies. It's more like they've read too ...more
T.O. Munro
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an intriguing tale set in the atmospheric glens of Antrim over one long wedding weekend.

The story reads well, carrying me along at a decent rate. Its essence is a compact storyline revolving around a traditionally nuclear but not so traditionally dysfunctional family. A rugby playing wedding guest gets drawn into the swirling vortices of the families unravelling past.

The setting and the small central cast make for a claustrophobic tale, events pressing in as Amy teeters along a boundary
Bryan Wigmore
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Waters and the Wild centres on eighteen-year-old Amy, who sees and hears fairies, and finds herself drawn to them even as she perceives the danger they represent. This has been going on since an incident at age five, but things come to a head, and the story begins, one night at a family wedding in the Amtrim Glens, when Amy heads off towards a supposedly fairy-haunted waterfall. She is stopped by wedding guest and distant cousin Simon, who is concerned for her safety, and who thus finds himself ...more
J.L. Dobias
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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From the first word to the last, a pleasure to read.
There now I've really gone and said it.

Waters and the Wild By Jo Zebedee.

Just received in the mail the paper edition. I've read and enjoyed a number of Jo's books already and though this is not my usual genre to read I knew I just had to read this one. Jo does not disappoint.

I admit to having read similar novels; as out here there is a local author William Voigt who has a number of novels that integrate local folk lore into local settings. And
Passit On
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've become a fussy reader in my old age, if a book doesn't catch me within the first few pages, that's it, I'm away. I have read another of this author's books called Inish Carraig. I couldn't leave that one down. The eyes were hanging out of my head because I was up till 3 a.m.. I had to finish it, I had to know what happened next. It didn't disappoint.

When I saw that Jo had another book out I decided to chance it again. I wasn't sure what to expect. Thank God I was on holidays. The book was
David Foster
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tales of people being called by fairies are not new but this book takes an interesting view on it – looking at not only the central character, Amy (is she mad or are they really calling her) but also on the adverse affects on her family over the years.
Set in modern day Ireland, the story takes place over a couple of days as the call of the Fairies on Amy becomes impossible to ignore. The book captures the increasing frantic nature of Amy’s struggle and her friends and family’s efforts to keep he
Dorothy Winsor
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a book about fairies meddling with an Irish girl who can see them when no one else can. Not your cute, fluttery Tinkerbell type fairies, but menacing, primitive creatures you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley. The story is told from several points of view, as different people react to the girl's ability. It's nicely ambiguous about whether she really can see them or whether she's mad. There are lovely details about the landscape that made me jealous as a writer. I did feel that after ...more
Byddi Lee
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Right from the first page, I was pulled into this bewitching story that mixes fantasy with realism with hinting at mental health issues. Beautifully written, brilliantly paced and totally enthralling Zebedee takes the reader on a heart-stopping journey through the Glens of Antrim. Looking forward to reading more of her books.
Heather Bane
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. It’s very well written with likable characters. I love the cover as well. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. I would recommend reading.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Steven Poore
If there's a line between fantasy and madness, then Jo Zebedee's characters are dragged kicking and screaming across it. A dark fable about belonging that is rooted as deeply in Northern Ireland as it is in the fantasy genre, with shades of Graham Joyce thrown in for good measure.
Jane Talbot
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of high-octane psychological thrillers [with a supernatural twist], this could be the book for you. It's fast, it's furious and it's got faeries in it. ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book was brilliant, really enjoyed the story. I was totally engrossed in the tale
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