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Bare Bones Book Review: Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn

Troubled Waters - Sharon Shinn

Zoe Ardelay receives astonishing and unwelcome news: she has been chosen to become the king's fifth wife. Forced to go to the royal city, she manages to slip away and hide on the shores of the mighty river.

It's there that Zoe realizes she is a coru prime ruled by the elemental sign of water. She must return to the palace, not as an unwilling bride for the king, but a woman with power in her own right. But as Zoe unlocks more of the mysteries of her blood—and the secrets of the royal family—she must decide how to use her great power to rise above the deceptions and intrigue of the royal court



Good Stuff:


  • Gorgeously unique world building based upon the elements, blessings and superstitions.


  • Simple, yet gratifying character development.


  • Rolling, well-checked pacing.


  • Tackles hard subjects, but with a gentle hand.


  • Easy, controlled prose.


  • Sweet, but not overpowering romance.



Not Quite So Good Stuff:


  • Not the most mystifying of mystery elements.


  • Felt a little too contrived at times.




A little quieter in tone than my usual tastes, but I still look forward to seeing how the rest of the series plays out. A really enjoyable time out from the bustle of the battle heavy, or grimdarkish fantasy that's crowding the scene at the moment.