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Joyful and blessed are Voice-bearers, for the Heavens have set them apart.

As Whisperers gifted with the Voice, Betka and her people are enslaved. Only they can control the dangerous spirits that haunt the waters, but they are forced to serve under cruel taskmasters. Betka has little hope of freedom from her service or her own bitterness.

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Published February 19th 2019 by Uncommon Universes Press LLC
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Umairah | Sereadipity
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Plot: 4/5 Characters: 4/5 Writing: 5/5

Whispers from the Depths was a dark fantasy novel that captivated me throughout. It wasn't a story with a happy ending but it still ended on a note of hope and the promise of better things.

The Whisperers were a group of people gifted with the 'Voice' that allowed them to communicate with the water sprits that resided in rivers, lakes and seas and therefore had the ability to manipulate water. They were not able to harm other people using their power
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Debjani Ghosh
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
[Reviewed by Debjani Ghosh for Readers' Favorite]

Whispers from the Depths is a thoroughly engaging, dark fantasy novel. In a brief span of 297 pages, it packs a punch with fantastic world-building, rich imagery and a colorful ensemble of characters. I was surprised to find an exhaustive explanation of the rich legacy of the Whisperers’, their magic, their ways of working and their descent to slavery in this short book. Such succinct expositions are unseen in today’s fantasy novels.

Further, Briar
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Rachael Ritchey
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book so much, and about three-quarters of the way through I lamented the fact that nowhere can I find a hint of this being part of a series! I knew I was going to want more from this world and C. W. Briar's worldbuilding before I'd even finished Whispers from the Depths. Still, the story is wrapped up nicely.

In this dark fantasy novel, a young woman named Betka is one of a special group of people who have been given a gift--or a curse, depending on whom you ask--that allows them t
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Laura A. Grace
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So.



I’m supposed to be a writer who can forms words to adequately express my thoughts and feelings, but what do you do when you don’t know how to put them into words?

Case in point, this book.

It was a delightfully, beautifully, breathe-stealing tale that made me cry by the end because it was so powerful.

Delightful in how the author really weaves a story that blew me away and how I went from despising one character to hoping his life doesn’t end.

Beautiful in that everything I’ve been reading abou
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Jessica Belmont
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THIS. BOOK. Seriously. Just stop reading this review and go read this book. It is absolutely everything I wanted it to be and way more. I am going to re-read as soon as possible because I just want to go back into this world.

C.W. Briar has created a beautifully deep debut novel of friendship and love overcoming darkness. A very dark tale, but captivating and I just couldn’t put it down.

The characters…the world building…everything about this book was incredible. 5 stars for sure and it is definit
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J.L. Mbewe
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Whispers from the Depths, and my heart is bleeding out. It is a raw, powerful, deep story that punches you in the gut. It's about a young girl who has the ability to calm the dangerous water spirits-- She is a Whisperer. Others fear and hate the Whisperers, and have enslaved them. Betka suffers much abuse as she does her best to embrace the humility and servant heart that Whisperers are supposed to have, but she sees her gift as a curse and struggles greatly with hatred a ...more
Savannah Jezowski
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Horrifying yet Compelling Read

This was a dark story for sure, more gory in places than I care to read, and emotionally trying. The characters suffer so much. I would have liked there to be more goodness and happiness in their lives, but that wasn’t the purpose of the tale. This story is an epic battle between Hate and Love, and the difficult road between them. The writing was beautiful, almost poetic at times. And the power of the sea spirit was truly terrifying, nearly as terrifying as the powe
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Claire Banschbach
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Guys. This book was soo good. I received an ARC from the publisher and read it in one sitting. It’s rightfully pitched as Beowulf meets Frozen and Briar constructed a fabulous world with an epic magic system and mythology. ⁣

I’m always down for sibling stories, so I loved Betka’s mission to go find her sister. But then so many other awesome relationships formed like with Asi and Kuros. ⁣

So so many powerful messages about forgiveness even in the face of adversity and cruelty (which was a hard one
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Anna Tan
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Whisperers are trapped by their own powers. Although they have the power to speak to and control water spirits, they cannot use the same powers they wield to set themselves free—whatever harm they cause to others will be inflicted on themselves. When the tribute is late from Kysavar Castle, the king sends a team to find out what happened, and Betka, a palace Whisperer, gets herself sent there so she can find out what has happened to her sister. What she finds instead is horror—betrayal, muti ...more
Brittany (brittreads)
Thank you so much to the author for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was a little nervous going into this because I’ve never read much fantasy before. But wow, C W Briar has made a fantasy fan out of me. His writing is incredible, the character development is amazing, and it’s action PACKED from beginning to end. It’s not often I find a book that is so character driven and also so plot driven and done so well with both.

I felt a connection to every single character, I think the multiple
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C.O. Bonham
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-met-the-author
This is one of those rare books that not only entertains but also reveals deep truths buried deep within yourself. My truth? I would make a very bad whisperer.

Whisperers are people blessed with the ability to control water and water spirits. They are also cursed with the inability to take revenge or to act violently. This makes them easily enslaved.

While reading this book I became Betka and suffered with her through her torments. I often found myself wishing she would just kill them all, curse o
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Josh
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whispers in the Depths was a thrilling ride from the opening chapter to the final words.
Sophia Hansen
Painful in its beauty.

This tale full of new wonders will grip your heart as you weep with those who weep. Only the greatest voice will prevail, and that only when the greatest price has been paid. Your eyes will sting and your chest ache, but your soul will be satisfied.
Kirstian Semprevivo
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

One of my favorite reads of 2019!

A dark fantasy that left me an emotional mess. Though, to be honest it is not that hard to mark me cry when it comes to a book especially when it is a book like this. By that, I mean that it resonated deeply with me and I became lost in it. I am currently suffering from some serious book hangover effects. While I am somewhat disappointed that this will most likely be a standalone s, I feel it broug
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Corinne Morier
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-fantasy
Disclaimer: I received a free paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and all thoughts and opinions I give are my own.

Whispers from the Depths is a standalone epic fantasy that I think would appeal to fans of Brandon Sanderson or Robert Jordan: political court intrigue, interesting magic system, etc. I think if someone was just starting out with the epic fantasy genre, this would be a good introduction, as it’s not too long or overwhelming. Though you will see later t
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Lindsi McIntyre
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A truly heart-wrenching tale of adventure and love.
Cath
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In a kingdom where Whisperers can use the Voice they have been gifted with to control dangerous spirits, to the advantage of those in power, doing so ended up with war and their kingdom being the losers. Whisperers are supposed to use their talents for the goodness of others, but some were easy to be led astray. This led to Whisperers being enslaved by the conquering population.

Betka is one of these Whisperers, at a young age and just beginning her training when the war occurred. She now lives
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NoNo JoJo
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Preface: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I'd give it 4.5ish stars.

The book throws you for a loop from the first page, beginning right in the middle of a religious uprising. The Whisperers, whose magical Voice allows them to commune with water spirits, are being attacked by proponents of another religion for their help in oppressing the common people. Violence ensues, as the Whisperers struggle to protect their most precious
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Tori Rainn
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books I didn’t think I needed until after I read it. Whispers From The Depths is a dark fantasy novel that I highly recommend to readers of this genre. This gritty read is packed with action, bravery, love, mystery, and an excellent dose of horror. The story gives a beautiful display of friendship and love. It’s the classic good overcoming evil. Love overcoming hate and revenge. The main characters, Betka and Asi emphasized these themes through their noble actions to save th ...more
K.J. Simmill
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Betka had been branded at a young age, her markings present for all to see. While men tore her elder sister, Tonsa, away, she was allowed a precious few years to remain with her father before being forced into servitude. Her Whisperer Voice condemned her to a life of service, and to hurt another was to reflect and amplify the pain back on to herself. She was a captive in mind, body, and spirit, forced to sacrifice for all. Her only hope at freedom was to earn eleven rubies for her shackle. When ...more
Gretchen
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark but not Devoid of Hope

I came across CW Briar with his short story anthology, Wrath and Ruin and fell in love with this collection. He’s a master of creepy horror but with satisfying endings. His stories hold their own with the masters Poe and Bradbury.
With this in mind, I dove into Whispers from the Depth. See what I did there?
The back story which starts as something of a prologue weaves well into the main story. However, it’s in the main action, Briar’s story shines. He has great descripti
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Paige Green
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Whispers From the Depths

Author: C.W. Briar

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 2/5

Publication Date: February 19, 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, dnf-ed

Publisher: Uncommon Universes Press

Pages: 292

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Synopsis: Joyful and blessed are Voice-bearers, for the Heavens have set them apart.

As Whisperers gifted with the Voice, Betka and her people are enslaved. Only they can control the dangerous
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H.A. Titus
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Starting off, I loved the focus in this book. We don’t really get a wide sense of the world, like a lot of fantasy—but the worldbuilding, the characters, and the magic system are all very tightly focused and it really benefits the plot.
The characters are well-drawn. Betka was an easy protagonist to sympathize with, and I felt instantly drawn to Kuron--I especially loved that, while he seemed to agree with her more often than not, he showed it not in dramatic, outright rebellion, but in small, si
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Kylie
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: hidden-gems
I wanted to like this book so much, but it just didn't happen. The beginning of the book was very good. The world building and the character depictions were well done and made me eager to read more. We learn that Whisperers are basically slaves that have gifts called the Voice, which allow them to communicate with water spirits. Their "owners" use Whisperers to give them safe travel over seas and promote rain and such. Betka is a Whisperer who finds out that the palace where her sister Tosna is ...more
Hannah
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-books
I enjoyed the story, especially at the beginning, and the plot was very captivating. The world building was well done and I found myself yearning for each additional kernel of detail about the world and about the Whisperers. However, the further I got into the book, the more frustrated and, frankly, disgusted I became with Asi's character and the message she was bringing to the book. The message of "if we choose to serve, they are gifts regardless of who compels them," and so basically excusing ...more
Janice Verhoog
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow.
This book is so good! I'd give it five stars, but there was a smattering of language, and that keeps me from it. There were also some dark themes, and some violence, which didn't bother me, but for more sensitive readers, I'd give it a PG-13ish rating. Otherwise I'd give it 1000 out of 100.

Betka is a Whisperer slave. Through her prayers and Voice, she can battle water spirits and keep the people safe, but she's hated for the very thing that she's kept alive for. When the king hears that a fo
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J.M. Jablowski
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wow this book was... I'm having trouble finding a good word. Moving. Beautiful. Haunting. Chilling.

First off, I don't normally enjoy books that have such a dark element. I'd say this is a dark fantasy with some mild horror and strong Christian themes throughout.

The main theme of forgiveness, loving one's enemies, not hanging onto bitterness and vengeance was really well handled. I could relate so much with Betka and her desir
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Caytlyn Brooke
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mind blowing! This book far exceeded my expectations and delivered on every single page! From the amazing storytelling and world building, to the imagery, I could not put this book down. I loved all the characters and even though the Whisperers had magic and powers that could crush their mortal enemies and masters, they chose to use them for protection instead.

This book does an excellent job of exploring morals and valuing other's lives above your own. At times it is quite dark but CW Briar add
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Liz Delton
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A new and interesting take on water-wielding in fantasy
I wanted to read this book because of the magic, and I was not disappointed! Briar does a great job building the world of the whisperers--their tragedy, their magic, and the curse of not being able to fight back against anyone--their cruel masters especially. Betka's voice--her magical one and regular one--was strongly written, and I was drawn to her plight.
The story overall was good, it often went in ways I didn't think it was going (which
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R.J. Metcalf
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the very first chapter, I was hooked.

I'm actually struggling to find words that adequately portray my deep respect and awe of this book. Beautiful prose, a riveting plot, dynamic characters, and characters that reach out to the reader and grasp the heart in their hands.

Yes, it's dark, but the end of the story has enough light to balance it, and the impact of the story on the reader is simply stupendous. Whispers from the Depths has become one of my favorite loaner books already, because it'
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C.W. Briar writes dark fantasy stories that fuse the suspense and creepiness of horror with the senses of wonder and adventure from fantasy. His first book, Wrath and Ruin, is a collection of haunting short stories from a variety of genres. His next book, Whispers from the Depths, is coming January 2019.

Briar is a graduate of Binghamton University and works as an engineer on trains and aircraft. H
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