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(The Elemental Chronicles – Book 1)
by Gina Manis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Fantasy, Medium Burn RH
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down & Dirty
A hidden Princess, a land in trouble and a group of men determined to ‘save’ her. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
For the last five years, I have been held captive by my sister, the Queen of Watergate. She cursed and bound my waters powers and turning me into a hideous hag.
Locked behind the walls of a convent in the holy lands kept me safe, but they also kept me from living. That is until I give myself in a sacrifice to the Elemental Powers. They send me three strong men in which I have to form a bond.
Tate, my earth element, was a childhood friend that I had fallen in love with. Seeing Tate again, my heart aches to be close to him, and I can’t control these new desires.
Lindon, my wind element, who is charming and seductive. We will discover our powers together as he is just learning his. That is if we can keep our hands off one another long enough.
Brier, my water element, the commander, is a force I feel stronger than the others. He has suffered the same as me, and it has broken his powers. I have to figure out a way to put him together again for what we must do.
They have freed me, but I am not safe until I am out of this realm. Ogres who want my blood because they are drawn to it by the curse are after us. The one I call Brown is the most dangerous of them all. I fear him the most, but I cannot let that stop me.
I want to live again, and I have made my sacrifice to do so. My promise to the Elementals has to be fulfilled, or else I will never get my water element back. The bond between each of us will strengthen the powers of the elements and give them new life.
Or else the Fire Elements will win. Their element has become too powerful, and they are claiming the earth in which we live. I intend to claim it again.
However, first, I have to find my balance with these three men and make it out of this realm…alive.
My Thoughts on The Water Princess Claiming of Earth
I have mixed thoughts on this book, both good and bad. There is a feel of a fairytale in the narrative, that wrapping of myth and lore that seeps through the pages – but it also feels a bit stunted, like the fairytale isn’t quite sure it wants to be a fairytale. From a jealous sister to a devastating curse, it has all the hallmarks of a Snow White or a Cinderella type epic, without the flush of feeling behind it.
Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the story… it just lacked something I can’t quite define. In many places, it was rushed – though I can understand that to a degree. This poor child has been locked behind the walls of a convent for 5 years, wearing the guise of a monster to all those that see her with an impure heart. That’s enough to make anyone a bit impatient to really ‘start’ their life. That said, a touch more caution seems to be advisable, at least with the men she truly knows nothing about – even Tate, her childhood friend and almost lover.
First Person, Multiple POV
Character Age Range
My Final Verdict on The Water Princess Claiming of Earth
Intriguing story of lost potential, fate and the power of jealousy. It stumbles in places, but holds an aura of myth – offering just enough to make this a decent afternoon read. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
Published September 8th, 2019
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