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Water Shaper by Laura Williams McCaffrey
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This was an enchanting read. The author really wove a beautiful work, taking aspects of real folklore. The main character is realistic and indecisive in her thoughts. She feels as if she belongs nowhere. She can't trust others because her whole life she's been harassed and belittled. But she has an inner fight. The magic brings a real element of curiosity. I wanted to learn more the whole story. I couldn't wait to see it's secrets unfold.
The book is just so amazing. A real tale told by a master storyteller.
Brilliant. I was completely sucked in.
Clean read. Would even be safe to read aloud as a family. Fairy-tale lovers would enjoy this book. ( )
  LisaRector | Sep 28, 2017 |
Margot is a not quite literally a fish out of water, living a miserable life as the shunned princess in her father's water-hating, inland kingdom. Unexpected friendly advice from her stepmother sends her fleeing with a visiting king from the west, toward the Isles where Margot's great grandmother came from. But Margot soon comes to find that while she didn't fit among her father's people, neither does she fit among her mother's. Satisfying first installment to what is certainly planned to be a trilogy. ( )
  yarmando | Mar 15, 2007 |
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Margot is the daughter of a king, but she is beloved by neither his court nor his kingdom. She has “water in her blood,” a trait associated with magic and looked upon with distaste and suspicion. When she meets Orrin, a foreign king who is respectful, not scornful, of her affinity for water, she flees with him to his castle by the sea, though she soon realizes he is not as benevolent as she first thought. Intertwined with Margot’s story is that of Bird, a storyteller who must tell stories for Orrin, though he can barely stand him. When Orrin steals the Book of the Sea, a magical gift given to Margot by her mother, Margot knows she must run away once again, and the threads of the two stories begin to intertwine.

A convincing and beautifully realized world, a strong-minded female protagonist, and elements of Celtic folklore mark this rich, multilayered fantasy. Author’s note.

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Having escaped from her father's control with help from a handsome holy man who is king of a western land, fifteen-year-old Princess Margot finally travels to the sea where her mother lived, and from which she can draw a powerful magic.

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