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Waterwight: Book 1 of the Waterwight Series (Volume 1)

by Laurel McHargue

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McHargue's Waterwight has all the simplicity and charm of stories like Labyrinth and The Neverending Story, replete with talking animals, fantastical creatures, and amazing abilities. Well, mostly. At times, it seemed a bit like Alice in Wonderland after 'talking to’ Mary Jane.

I loved the beginning. Got me hooked quick. Like Celeste, or because of, I wanna know what happened to make so many kids orphans. And why doesn't anyone want to talk about it?

This is a quest story perfect for children. Celeste is alone amidst dozens of other orphans, one of many, yet quite extraordinary. She is a curious girl, which, of course, gets her into trouble. She leaves the safety of the orphanage confines, and embarks on a quest to find a way to stop the spread of the 'ooze’ that is overtaking the land. Not long after setting out, Celeste learns she has some pretty nifty talents, like flying.

Celeste doesn't get far before she meets Sharon, another person with unique talents. Sharon is a shifter, and can take on myriad different forms.
She wants likes to stay as they are, which pits her against Celeste. I felt sooo bad for Sharon. Her childhood kinda struck a nerve, that notion of being an inconvenience to parents, though not quite for same reason, and I was lucky enough to have grandparents who filled that lack.

Along the way, Celeste meets Orville, a flying frog who aids her as Falkor aided Bastian in The Neverending Story. She also meets Thunder, a rainbow-hued jaguar that brought to mind the Many-coloured Death, who aided Bastian in NE.

Later, Celeste becomes trapped in an underwater castle akin to the junkyard in Labyrinth, and the excess use of the Auryn’s power of creation in NE Story. A diversion to the task at hand, namely finding a way to stop the rise of the 'ooze', and quite terrifying at that, given the truth behind the castle.

Some of Orville's French is not translated and context makes guessing difficult if one is not good with languages. This could be frustrating for some. Same with Teresa's Spanish.

The Event seems to have been Ragnarok. Odin and his ravens show up, and Old Man Massive's account of quakes, volcanoes, and fire also suggest Ragnarok. It is supposed to herald a new world, with new growth after the destruction. Other pieces didn't fall into place though. There was no Loki, and if it were after Ragnarok, then Odin wouldn't be around at all.

Overall, this story left me feeling restless at the end. There were too many unanswered questions. What triggered the Event? Why is Celeste so special, among all those left? Why did the emergence of the 'ooze' cause magick? Why did the people change to copper? Why were Sharon’s parents so cold? What does Odin have to do with things? It has great potential, though, and I look forward to seeing the author grow in their writingcraft.

🎻🎻🎻 Recommended for those who enjoy stories like Labyrinth, The Neverending Story, and Alice in Wonderland. ( )
  PardaMustang | Jun 8, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0996971106, Paperback)

In a post-cataclysmic world threatened by stinking ooze, a brave girl searches for her missing parents with the help of talking animals and evolving powers. When a mountain spirit challenges her to save the planet, she and a flying frog must overcome a magical, malicious castle of sand and a shapeshifter who wants her dead.

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