Original Title: The Waterborne Blade
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Angry Robot (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley)
Number of Pages: N/A
First Sentence: “By the time Weaver reached the anteroom to the king’s chamber, the clammy chill of rain-soaked linen had seeped through to his very bones.”
Goodreads Rating: 3/5
The citadel has long been the stronghold of Highkell. All that is about to change because the traitor, Vasic, is marching on the capital. Against her better judgement, Queen Alwenna allows herself to be spirited away by one of the Crown’s most trusted servants, safe from the clutches of the throne’s would-be usurper.
Fleeing across country, she quickly comes to learn that her pampered existence has ill-equipped her for survival away from the comforts of the court. Alwenna must toughen up, and fast, if she is even to make it to a place of safety. But she has an even loftier aim – for after dreaming of her husband’s impending death, Alwenna knows she must turn around and head back to Highkell to save the land she loves, and the husband who adores her, or die in the attempt.
But Vasic the traitor is waiting. And this was all just as he planned.
Well, it is not a bad book. In fact, it is actually quite good. However, it took a lot longer to read than I had anticipated. And it is not just because it is long, it was also due to the fact that parts of the book are slow. This did not help the overall reading experience and I sadly enough found myself bored from time to time. The book felt more as a build up to the following books, which is understandable, but this is not the way it has to be.
The characters are likable and easy to get to know. We switch between three different point of views. The female main character, Alwenna, who is married to the king of Highkell. She is plagued by visions of events that are happening and things that are yet to come. Then it is the male main character, Weaver, who has been entrusted by Alwenna’s husband to protect her. Finally, it is the point of view of the male antagonist, Vasic, who is Alwenna’s cousin and who wishes to gain control over Highkell. They are all easy to understand and quite easy to follow, but so much of the book feels like you are in transit. Something is happening, but it is not very exciting.
I do believe that this series has the potential of becoming something great and I will probably read the rest of the series once published as well. I would like to point out that I read an arc, and that the published verison might be different from the arc I have reviewed.
Do I recommend it?
If you like fantasy set in a historical setting then sure, why not? Like I said, it is not bad, but for me it was a little hard to get into.