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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Undine's Tear by Talena Winters is the first book in the Rise of the Grigori series. Calandra has always known she has a destiny, one that will save all of the undines, thanks to her power of healing and her bonding with a human. Her destiny may be clearly laid out in front of her, but a promise to a human named Osaze to free him could prove costly for her. She has a problem when her powers aren't growing stronger and instead seem to be growing weaker. A shocking secret comes to light that leads Calandra in search of a brother she never knew she had while she seeks to fight the madness that led to the downfall of Atlantis. Elsewhere, Zale makes a discovery of his own when he's visited by a strange presence and embarks on a journey to find his sister while trying to get a handle on his elemental abilities.
The writing has an elegance to it that brings details of the world to life and takes you into an epic fantasy world woven with vivid descriptions. Talena Winters has created a world that puts the epic into fantasy with lush surroundings and an amazing setting. Calandra has her whole destiny set out before her since the moment she was born; on a path to be the savior of her all-female race of undines which comes along with advanced healing abilities. She's expected to stay the course of her destiny and for her people, but her journey isn't an easy one as she develops a rebellious side while discovering what's the best future for herself, even if it means keeping secrets.
The tone of the story is one of discovery and is reminiscent of a hero's quest which Winters delivers with strong-willed and layered characters. Calandra's relationship with Osaze is a key component to the story as her feelings for him create a catalyst to defy her position by keeping secrets and has her making a choice. This also adds an undercurrent of romance in the story with another layer to Calandra's journey, which focuses on her power, her heart, and her duty. The Undine's Tear is an epic journey about destiny, self-discovery, secrets, and charting your own path with stunning writing, vivid descriptions, and endearing characters.