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The Lake of Living Water (The Firstborn's Legacy)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Set in the world of "The Firstborn's Legacy" series, this Christian fantasy short story mixes the Biblical story of the fall with dragons and talking animals. It is a story of discovery, loss, and hope.

Life is perfect.

Life is good.

At least, that's all Nhardah has ever known. He and his siblings embark on their greatest adventure yet: They plan to climb the tallest mountain
Published April 9th 2018
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Bethany Fehr
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story prompted a change in my outlook on life, which is something I can say of very few stories. I sometimes wonder what a growing, deepening relationship with God would look like in a perfect world, where change isn't about shedding sin but is all about growing into a deeper knowledge of God's glory: what God intended for humans at the world's beginning, and what His children will experience during eternity in His presence. This beautiful story gave me a picture of what such a life might l ...more
Lauren (The Novel Lush)
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: july-2018, indie
I woke up at 3 am and couldn’t sleep so I picked up The Lake of Living Water. It’s a reimagining of The Fall, but here there be dragons 🐉 The writing style is something I particularly enjoyed, reminiscent of traditional fairytales and very pretty without being overly flowery or bogged down. Some authors get so caught up in prose that it’s less pretty and more like an essay that needed a higher word count. The story was a mix of hopeful and sad, especially the ending, but if I had a lick of sense ...more
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The Lake of Living Water is a beautiful retelling of the Biblical tale of the fall of man. It started out a bit slow for me, but the chilling shift in tone toward the end of the narrative proved more than enough to warrant it four stars.

The Lake of Living Water serves as a brief prelude to Wangler’s new novel, A Child of Kaites. Perhaps the most impressive thing about the story was the world-building; in this short story, Wangler hints at an intricately crafted world that I now eagerly look forw
Nate Philbrick
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's to review this story...

On the one hand, Beth Wangler continues to impress me with her fluid narrative and her ability to evoke emotion through her characters. There's a higher quality to her use of language that makes the prose effortlessly enjoyable to read.

In terms of the story itself, The Lake of Living Water (as a retelling) leans heavily on the Biblical account of mankind's fall into sin and its repercussions on creation. Readers who aren't familiar with the source material
Hannah Heath
This story is beautiful.

I have read the story of the Garden of Eden many times. I knew what is was, but I've never felt it quite like this. Wangler captured its beauty and innocence so well. Reading about Aia's presence and the joy of the Lake of Living Water brought me such an amazing sense of love and peace. And, though I knew how the story would end, my heart still broke during the Rending. I felt Nhardah's sorrow and anger. But, more importantly, I felt his hope.

This type of writing takes an
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This short story was an absolute delight to read. It's the first thing I've read by this author, but it won't be the last for sure. I've heard that her work is something like reading original fairy tales and I got that vibe for sure. Told like a grandfather passing on wisdom to his grandchildren, this short story evoked a feeling of wonder throughout. The gorgeous descriptions were occasionally interrupted by the narrator to overlay the entire thing with a slight hint of dread. The ending was i ...more
Katelyn Buxton
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Lake of Living Waters is an imaginative retelling of the Biblical account of the Fall, in a fictional universe. I loved the comfortable form of narration, as if the main character was telling you the story themselves. I think it takes real talent to make a perfect world interesting—and Wangler pulled it off. The anthology synopsis says it’ll leave you feeling hopeful and refreshed, and it does. The Fall was not the end. One day Aia shall repair what was rent.
emrys merlin
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Were I to choose one sentence to classify this short story, it would be magically innocent. Magically innocent, but not in a kumbayah sappy sort of way. Rather, a pure and peaceful innocent that makes it a real joy and pleasure to read instead of making me want to hurl bucketsfull of, well, you know.

Wangler clearly has an extremely creative mind. The way she not only managed to put a fresh spin on the fall of mankind, but also made a perfect world incredibly interesting and imaginative, is noth
E.B. Dawson
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie-authors
I adore this short story!

This short story is a prequel to Wangler's upcoming novel, "Child of the Kaites," which I have been privileged to read an early draft of. It is phenomenal. This short story is no less so. Beth Wangler has the ability to capture the magic of innocence. This story, in particular, reminds me of some of the work of C.S. Lewis. It is as refreshing as crystal clear water and makes me feel like I have gone on an adventure very different from the mundane of everyday life.

It is
Margo James
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The origin story why the firstborn left their home. Nice background of their god Aia and the wonderful things he did for them. Loosely fashioned after the creation story in the Bible. Lots of detail to set the backstory for the rest of the series.
Lindsi McIntyre
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy allegorical Christian fiction you'll want to give this short story a read. Beth Wangler finds a way to create whimsy and terrible dread all in the span of a few pages. I can't wait to read more of her work. ...more
Azelyn Klein
I feel really harsh being the first to give this short story a 3/5-star review. But it just had too much telling and not enough conflict for a short story. I know you can only have so much tension when your story literally takes place in paradise, but readers didn't find out about the danger until after it happened, and the narrator seemed to know all about it beforehand. And I have some issues with the theology. (view spoiler) ...more
Elza Kinde
Putting their talents and limits to the test, Nhardah and his adventurous siblings aim to climb higher than anyone has dared to go and see what awaits at the top of the tallest mountain.

The Lake of Living Water takes cues from folklore and classic literature, blending lyrical imagery and journeyer's lore with fantastical creatures and frightening forces. A wending and wondrous beginning lures you into a false sense of security-- which makes the jarring climax exceptionally well-timed.

I believe T
Julia Garcia
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful short story depicting The Fall.
I'm very thankful for writers like Beth Wangler who can capture the feelings of innocence and innocence lost while ending the story with hope.
I started getting emotional at the ending and it is difficult for any book to give me an emotional response.
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Beth Wangler has loved stories since before she could read.

Growing up, she had a voracious appetite for books and loved nothing better than losing herself in a story. On one particular day around third grade, Beth paused in reading to realize that she could add books to the world, too. She’s been writing ever since.

Beth predominantly writes speculative fiction, though she occasionally branches out

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