Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Watersmeet - Ellen Jensen Abbott


Summary: From her birth, Abisina has been an outcast -- for the color of her hair and skin, and for her lack of a father. Only her mother's status as the village healer has kept her safe. But when a powerful, mythic leader arrives in Vranille, Abisina's life is ripped apart. The outcasts are hunted down, and she escapes alone to try to find the father and the home she has never known. In a world of extremes, from the deepest prejudice to the greatest bonds of duty and loyalty, Absina must find her own way and decide where her true hope lies.
Cover art from indiebound.org, summary from book

My Review: Abisina's only hope of survival lies in Watersmeet but getting there will mean overcoming her own deeply engraved prejudices and trusting those whom she once despised.

With her dark hair and green eyes, Abisina has been an outcast since birth. Never allowed to talk or merely make eye contact with the blonde, blue-eyed, fair skinned villagers. Only her mother's role as the village's sole healer has kept Abisina alive for this long, living in Vranille behind tall walls to keep out the beasts - the dwarfs, the centaurs, and more. When the annual Ritual takes place this year not even her mother's status can keep Abisina safe within the village. With her mother's prized necklace Abisina sets off to find her father at Watersmeet. Getting there will require trusting those she previously had no tolerance for -- a grumpy dwarf who will worm his way into Absinia's heart.  Getting there will mean confronting her deepest fears -- will her father accept her, the outcast? Getting there will require Abisina to look deep into herself and discover her own power. In this dark world full of hatred and violence there lies a land full of love and acceptance. Will Abisina find it in time to save both herself and the members of Watersmeet from the darkness closing in?

This book was a bit confusing in the beginning but it didn't take long to unravel the dystopian society in which Absina lives in. Absina's character is one that will resound well with young adults. She is courageous despite being unsure of her own potential. She fights hard to overcome her ingrained prejudices, not an easy battle, and gains much by doing so. This is such a powerful message for today's young adults. The plot moves at a rapid pace yet contains enough detail to allow the reader to become immersed. This title concludes in a manner that feels complete and yet is intriguing enough to have readers seeking out the next book in the trilogy.

The next title is The Centaur's Daughter.
Cover art from indiebound.org


The last book is currently being called The Keeper and will be released fall 2013. Visit the author's blog for up-to-date information on this series.

My Rating: 3 stars, it was good enough that I will put the next one on my to-read list but not so good that it gets a top spot.

To Sum it up: An entertaining story with a powerful message regarding accepting others for who they are on the inside, not on the outside. 

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