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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
Seventeen-year-old Solace was the daughter of a poor soldier named Soren and a water diviner from the Yeloshan hills. She was a fierce lass with spirit, guts, and determination. Solace also had the gift of water divination like her mother. One day, on her way home from discovering new wells for the Thielers, Rhees kidnapped her. Rhees was an angry lad from Toresz, a country ruled by the wicked King Neuss. His people lived in squalor because they had scraped the arid lands to pay for everything, including water wells given by nature. Rhees was desperate for Solace to help his people find water because he had a secret. Overcoming drought was the first step to liberation. Would Solace brave the sword of King Neuss by helping Rhees? Find out in The Lightness of Water: Water Witch by Toni Cabell.
Everything happens for a reason, and sometimes, the worst situations are blessings in disguise. The Lightness of Water: Water Witch by Toni Cabell was a riveting novel that held my attention from the first chapter. This book featured royal politics, greed, grief, loyalty, deception, and a subtle game of thrones. I also witnessed a David and Goliath moment that added flavor to the story. Who could have thought that the underrated sling would decide their fates? I loved the plot, pacing, storyline, character development, and dialogue. The language also fascinated me because it flung me back some centuries. All the characters fighting for justice were exceptional, from Maysel to Fenwith, Tomyss, the star casts, and more. I adored them. This novel was a captivating first installment of the Water Witch series from the talented Cabell. I await the sequel with bated breath.