Title: Caught In The Ripples
Author: S. McPherson
Publication Date: July 31, 2016
I received an ARC from the author for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.
When the Exlathars escaped the battle that night, their silhouetted figures merged with the sky, their wings swatted at stars and the Coltis people were too busy celebrating their victory to realise that there wasn’t one.
Now the Exlathars are back. And they bring with them remnants of everybody’s past.
Back in England, Dezaray discovers just how deep Coldivor’s connection to Earth really goes. But she cannot change their past and she cannot see how to alter their future. So it seems the ripples that shake the surface are only a glimpse of what’s brewing beneath.
‘Caught in the Ripples’ delves deeper into the Water Rushes saga, answers questions the first book raised and plunges you into an ocean of intrigue and magic.
They thought the Elenfar was the end…turns out it was only the beginning.
Caught In The Ripples is the exciting, action-packed, adventurous sequel to At Water’s Edge . Dezeray is back on earth and her counterpart Lexovia has stepped into her role as the only surviving Elentri. Dezeray is forbidden from entering Coldivor but she and Marc are creative in getting to spend time together. Meanwhile, the war against the Exlathars is heating up with severe consequences and high casualties for the Coltist and if Lexovia and the others are to prevail, they’re going to need a device created several years ago which could be the key to getting rid of the Exlathars. In chasing after this device, Dezeray is going to discover that the Exlathars are not the only things they have to worry about and that Coldivor’s connection to Earth runs deeper than she knows.
This instalment in the Water Rushes Saga feels more vibrant. The characters are familiar yet they are more developed and have certainly grown. Dezeray is still dealing with dark issues after suffering physical and emotional abuse from her brother, but she is stronger and more confident yet still flawed as a character, which makes her very relatable. Lexovia is even more of a warrior now and kicks some serious Exlathar butts. Marc and Dezeray’s romance is believable and cute and doesn’t feel forced or unnecessary.
The author’s writing style is concise and not too flowery, but cuts straight to the point. Her world-building is adequate and I felt I know what I should know about this world and the main characters.
The plot is fast-paced, maybe even too fast and the story shows advancement but it doesn’t flow smoothly. I think the book could have been longer since it seemed ‘rushed’ and I often had to re-read sections as the story felt disjointed and confusing at times.
I really love the overall idea of the different realms and the counterparts but think this series, thus far, lacks that extra punch that would elevate it above being a good read to being a great read. It has all the elements in place but doesn’t yet stand out.
Overall, an enjoyable, action-packed sequel with magic, mystery and adventure and lots of potential. Lovers of YA fantasy with elements of other realms will enjoy this.
About the Author
McPherson is a young British expat living in Dubai and working as a kindergarten teacher. When she is not at work immersed in a world of imagination and fantasy created by the children, she is immersed in her own worlds of imagination and fantasy at home, dreaming up tales and writing them down. ‘At Water’s Edge’ is S. McPherson’s debut novel and the first in the romantic, fantasy series, ‘The Water Rushes’.