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The Watermight Thief

(The Fire Queen's Apprentice #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  461 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Welcome to Pendark, a city of murky canals, brutal gladiator fights, and sorcerers who feud over access to the silvery magical substance known as Watermight.

Tamri is a scrappy magic thief who’s trying to get her grandmother out of this festering swamp of a city. But when a quick score involving a dragon goes wrong, she’s shipped off to a distant mountaintop kingdom where
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Published February 15th 2019 by Staunton Street Press
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 Simply Sam ツ
If you haven't read Jordan Rivet's Steel & Fire Series, I suggest that you do before starting this one. While technically a new series, it takes place some years after the first series, and many of the elements from the first carry over to this one. Of course, sometimes it's fun to meet characters after their stories are told and then go back to find out how they got reading a prequel. I did that accidentally with another series and have no regrets. In this case, though, I wish I had ...more
Sylvia Mercedes
Let me start with a confession: I have not yet read the Steel & Fire by Jordan Rivet, which is the prequel to The Watermight Thief. (I know, I know, what am I waiting for? It’s high on my TBR stack, believe me!) But I can wholeheartedly affirm that this new book does NOT need the first series to be completely and utterly enjoyable. The author introduces the characters and magic and world as though it’s all fresh and new—though with so much confidence, you know that she knows this world very well ...more
A. Hoyle
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a bit of a Jordan Rivet fangirl and of course I loved The Watermight Thief. Waiting at least a year for the second book in this Fire Queen's Apprentice series will surely be the death of me, so I would recommend y'all wait a bit to read so you're not hankering for too long. While you're waiting to get closer to the second book's release, you could read Steel & Fire and Empire of Talents series by Jordan Rivet! ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, spfbo5
Full review is here, on my blog!~

This is the story of two women, Tamri and Selivia. Tamri is a gutter urchin in the city of Pendark, who uses her ability to wield Watermight to steal it and sell it to the highest bidder. She does this primarily to make money to take care of her ailing grandmother. But one day, she gets roped into being a spy for the King of Pendark, and sent to gather information in the mountain kingdom where the Fire Queen runs a school for students to learn to use the magical
Sarah N
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having loved the Steel & Fire series by author Jordan Rivet, I couldn’t wait to immerse myself back into the world full of fantasy, mystery, and suspense! In The Watermight Thief, Rivet gives us everything we loved about the Steel & Fire series and more, in a brand new adventure! Expect well developed characters, both old and new, more dragons, more magic, and the same level of intensity and excitement! The Watermight Thief will have you sitting on the edge of your seat from start to finish. I f ...more
H.S.J. Williams

So this is set in the same world as Steel and Fire, which I haven’t finished yet, but it doesn’t require you reading that series first to fully understand what’s happening here. But it WILL spoil several things from the first series, so bear that in mind.

Our story follows two very different young ladies—one a scrappy young thief who is forced to become a spy at a school of magic, the other a sensible princess tracking down her missing betrothed who had set out to discover a mysterious new
Bryn Shutt
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
I knew being back in the world of Steel and Fire would be a treat ... but I wasn't expecting to be blown away. In this new series, Rivet blends the old with the new in what I can only describe as mesmerizing. I struggle to connect with female protags more often that not but Tamri and Selivia pulled me in at the start and didn't let go till the last word. Rivet has always been a favorite of mine when it comes to crafting love arcs and the Watermight Thief was no exception. Sniff. I want all my da ...more
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Series Info/Source: This is the first book in The Fire Queen’s Apprentice series. I didn’t realize that this is a companion series to the “Steel and Fire” series. After reading this book I would recommend reading that series first since the rulers in this book are characters from that series. I borrowed this book through Kindle Unlimited.

Story (5/5): Right from the first page this was an engaging story. The story follows Tamri, a magic thief who tries to steal a dragon and finds herself sent off
Tony Hisgett
Feb 01, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really wanted to like this book but I’m afraid I just didn’t. I knew it was a YA Fantasy, but I found it was more a children’s book.
The author states that “you don’t need to read the Steel and Fire books before reading this one”, but I suspect you really do.
Rickey Morris
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Watermight Thief Jordan Rivet

Once in a Great While, we read a book that while still in the genre we love, is so different from the norm, that I feel as an Author must when they have Writer's Block. The Book begins in a Country called Pendark, the main supplier of a material called Watermight. Magical in itself, but only useful to the rare people who can draw it into themselves, and use it. It's a poor area having most the wealth concentrated in the Royalty, and of course, it's Military, poor
Marjorie Meleton
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for a fair review. The review below is spoiler free.

The Watermight Thief puts us back in the world from the Steel and Fire series. I enjoyed this book so much, and was so happy to revisit some of my favorite characters. It felt like breathing oxygen I didn’t know I needed!

This author is fantastic, and truly excels in this world. These books are just so exciting and fun. The books are hard to put down because of the pace. The other star in this story is the unique m
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Go, and learn enough to make sure no one, not even me, can ever tell you what to do again.”

this quote spoke to me

I LOVED THIS SO MUCH me liking a book with dragons??? unbelievable. Tamri new favourite ya heroin we love to see it. Heath was getting slapped left and right due to this own damn fault stop having feelings son I gotta say the dialogue and side characters were a leeeeeetle underdeveloped and the villian was unconvincing but WHO CARES the world building and magic system were developed
Heather Roth
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition long do I have to wait for the next book?
I really enjoyed Steel and Stone, and was so excited when I realized the Watermight Thief was in the same world with Dara and Siv. I also loved that Sel got to hol dher own perspective, like she did at the end of the last series. I'm especially happy that the first book didn't give too much away. We, as readers, got a glimpse of the magnitude of what could be awaitingthese characters, but it was not enough of a glimpse to be able to form a full
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I'm always hesitant going into spin off series. How could I possibly love any characters more than the originals? It can't be!!
Well, Watermight was great. You get two main characters, one old and one new: Princess Selivia and a Pendarkian street rat named Tamri.

Sel, for her part is as plucky and happy-go-lucky as she ever was. Tamri, though has lived a life only of survival. Her goals are few and simple: stay alive and keep her gramma Teall in as much comfort as possible. If that mean
Andrea Loveless
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Back into the world of Steel and Fire!

I was given a free ARC for my honest review.

3.8 stars.

This is Rivet's first in a new series that takes place in a world we already know and love. Set 5 years after the end of Night of Flame, this book starts by throwing us into conflict. Tamri, a self-proclaimed gutter urchin, is going to /borrow/ a dragon with a belly full of watermight that she hopes to steal. She's a Pendarkan worker that depends on her skills to provide for herself and her ailing grandm
Camillea Camillea
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was initially drawn to The Watermight Thief because of its gorgeous, electric cover. I love the bright, cool blue and the dark metalwork decorating the cover. That, in itself, gets a star from me. Besides that, the story of a magic thief seemed like an interesting premise, so naturally, curiosity got the better of me and I just had to know who this little thief was!

Confession: I have not read the Steel and Fire series. I’ve heard a lot of praises for Jordan Rivet’s work and although I had plan
Mar 01, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Weak MC - spoilers

I just couldn’t get past how weak the MCs were. Selivia didn’t bring anything important to the table but I liked her well enough which is basically all I can say about her but Tamri was just annoying. I get that she protected her granma by accepting the deal but come on even she can’t be naive enough to think the king will release her if she provides a ‘jewel of information’ and yes that’s how she constantly refers to it. And no one checked her letters?! Even though they had re
Gary Holt
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is set in the same world as the author's Steel and Fire series, happening a few years later. You knew that the truce that ended the Steel and Fire series was going to break down; here is the beginning of the unraveling.

I'm not sure if you could read this and understand it without having read the previous 5 books; *maybe* it would make sense on its own, but I think you'd miss a lot. On the other hand, you probably *ought* to read that series, because it's pretty good (and the whole thin
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First Jordan River book I've read: My YA Review

A hint of homosexuality: "She vaguely remembered one of the women being much more interested in Reya." (Reya is a woman, rest of crew are male.)

Have you ever noticed how many authors write about an angry or surprised character, "he cursed"? I will quit reading a book where the author feels obligated to be more explicit, but still, I wonder what that term suggests to Young Adults about strong language (and I believe this is categorized as a YA book)
Tricia Mingerink
You have no idea how excited I was to figure out that this series was a follow up series to this author's Fire and Steel series. I didn't know how much I missed all these characters until I stepped back into this world.

While this book is a follow up series to a previous series, it could still be read without reading the other series, though it would spoil the ending of that series and some of the characters might not have quite the meaning to the reader as they do if you read the other series f
Kristina Hart
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Watermight Thief.

This was the first Jordan Rivet book that I have read, so I was not sure what to expect. I have to admit the cover is what caught my eye originally, it is absolutely stunning.

Once I started the book, I found it to be a really interesting story, in an intriguing world, which I would love to see a map of.
I listened to the audiobook version, which I have to say I really enjoyed. The narration is brilliant. Caitlin Kelly read it well. The characters were really interesting, I
Jeanette George
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tamri is just trying to provide for herself and her grandmother when she is whisked into a world of rival kingdoms and dragons.

The Watermight Thief is full of adventure and intrigue. I thought the magical angle was original and I liked how the author blends that with the fantasy. I didn't know until later that Jordan Rivet also has a series in this world - Steel & Fire. I plan to check that out. However, you can pick up on The Watermight Thief right from the start without any prior knowledge of
Heidi Hanley
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book because of Jordan Rivet's riveting book 'Wake Me After the Apocalypse' which grabbed me like a noose around the neck with the first page. This did not have the same affect on me. It wasn't until the second half of the book that I got hooked. It is a great read, don't get me wrong but it took a bit to get into the story. Once you meet all the characters, it becomes a great read. The characters are interesting with a nice interplay between them. The plot is really well do ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being in quarantine, I’ve started reading all the YA fantasy books I can get my hands on. Finding this book on Amazon Prime, it took me no time to get immersed in the world and its characters. Highly highly recommend for any lovers of fantasy.

It had everything I wanted—dragons, criminals, magic, romance, ect... I took me until I looked the book up on Goodreads to find out it was a spin-off from another series. You can definitely start with this one if you want, as I was never lost or confused at
Lyndee Archie
Aug 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didnotfinish
I stopped reading after about 49 pages. From the beginning, everything happened so fast that I felt there was no time to actually connect with the main character. Or any of the characters really. The whole idea was interesting. Dragons, elemental magic, magic school. I wanted to dive into that. But the execution felt like it lacked depth. I felt like I had been thrown right into the middle of the story. The author did explain things here and there ofcourse, but almost with an air of "oh yeah, th ...more
Neil Plakcy
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Great world-building here, in this story of countries that have learned to control various kinds of power, harnessing water, fire, lightning and so on.

Tamri is a scruffy young thief who has untapped powers wielding watermight, a water-based magic. When she's caught stealing the substance, her sentence is to attend an academy where she can learn to harness her powers.

The catch is that she has to spy on her new friends and teachers or her king will have her beloved grandmother killed.

This tension
Wanda Jewell
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I liked about this book was the characters and the story. The characters were well written, relatable and likable. Although, there there were some you loved to hate such as Killarion the king of Pendark. Tamri is a young thief who is struggling to feed her elderly grandmother that has a bit of a problem remembering at times. She strikes a deal with other young thieves to borrow a dragon and steal the watermight from it. Unfortunately, she gets caught and the story goes on from there. There ...more
Rene Averett
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reader copy of Jordan Rivet’s new book, “The Watermight Thief.” Creating a world where the elements – wind, rain, and fire—can be manipulated by those who have the talent, Rivet takes the reader on a magical adventure with a finely crafted plot. While the story is mainly about Tamri, the titular characters, it is also about Princess Selivia who crosses her path. This is the first book of a new series that is set in the same universe as Rivet’s “Steel and Fire” series, and ...more
Deb Barringer
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s, favorites
The Watermight Theif is a story about a 17 year old guttersnipe just trying to survive life and take care of her elderly grandmother. Getting caught stealing sends her on a grand adventure where she will ride dragons, meet royalty and ultimately save the day. The storyline is fast-paced and unique. The characters are well-developed and endearing. It's nice to visit with old friends and storylines from well-loved previous series but not necessary to enjoy the book. I can't wait for book 2 to see ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC for an honest review.

I found the book surprisingly enjoyable. I am not big on YA fantasy. The story moved quickly. The world building and characters were interesting. I liked that it finished the story adventure while leaving it open for the rest of the series. It is also well written/edited. My issues were more with one or two characters whose actions seemed incongruent with their personality at times. I would recommend reading it and you don’t have to read any of her other
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Jordan Rivet is an American author of swashbuckling YA fantasy and post-apocalyptic science fiction. Originally from Arizona, she lives in Hong Kong with her husband.

Jordan's YA fantasy series include Steel and Fire, Empire of Talents, The Fire Queen’s Apprentice, and Art Mages of Lure. Her science fiction includes Wake Me After the Apocalypse and The Seabound Chronicles.

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