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Kelpie is the first book in The Water Horse Chronicles by Ashley Chapman. Vivienne Griffin arrives in Savannah, Georgia, full of hope and vigor, eager to start her new life with Jesse Leighton, heir of the influential Leighton family. However, witnessing a brutal murder tears Vivienne's world apart. She comes across creatures from ancient Celtic legend called kelpies, flesh-eating water horses who prey on human flesh. Vivienne unwittingly embroils herself in an age-old battle between kelpies and their mortal human enemies, the Comhlan. But not everything is as it seems, and she soon finds herself forming a friendship with a kelpie named Eelus. Realizing that not all kelpies are evil, Vivienne is determined to douse the flames of hatred between the Comhlan and the kelpies. Meanwhile, her love life becomes complicated when she develops feelings for the mysterious billionaire Riley Slade.
Full of romance, mystery, and magic, Kelpie is a page-turner of a novel that fantasy lovers will relish. Author Ashley Chapman tells a gripping tale of a woman caught amidst extraordinary events and finding herself as the central figure in an ancient war between two powerful factions. The narrative is action-packed, with a tightly-knit, fast-moving plot that rarely gives you a chance to breathe. Vivienne is a relatable protagonist who always chooses to do the right thing despite it being the hardest thing to do, making it easy for the reader to sympathize with her. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the fantasy ride and can't wait to read the sequels. Recommended to fantasy aficionados.