Aaaahhh. This cover. I will always love this cover. It’s so gorgeous, and beautiful and yesssss.
In a small river village where the water is cursed, a girl’s bravery—and the existence of magic—could mean the difference between life and death in this elegant, luminous tale from the author of Parched and Audacity.
Along a lively river, in a village raised on stilts, lives a girl named Luna. All her life she has heard tales of the time before the dam appeared, when sprites danced in the currents and no one got the mysterious wasting illness from a mouthful of river water. These are just stories, though—no sensible person would believe in such things.
Beneath the waves is someone who might disagree. Perdita is a young water sprite, delighting in the wet splash and sparkle, and sad about the day her people will finally finish building their door to another world, in search of a place that humans have not yet discovered.
But when Luna’s little sister falls ill with the river sickness, everyone knows she has only three weeks to live. Luna is determined to find a cure for her beloved sister, no matter what it takes. Even if that means believing in magic. . . .
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Age Range: Anyone and everyone. Literally. I would read this to my almost five-year old sisters right now but it’s just a tad bit too long for their attention span. 😉 The only “content” would be a deathly sickness.
My review: This book is magnificent. I was a bit worried coming into it, that due to its slimness it’d be too young for me, but this is the type of book that one can read their whole life and never get bored with. The plot makes me so happy; my emotions were so overflowing when I finished it.
It starts out with a short prologue which tells you in beautiful description a little about where the book is placed. (Okay … I just made it sound bad. Trust me, it’s not) Then comes upon one of the main characters, Luna. The book switches back and forth between the heart wrenching stories of two pairs of sisters who love each other more than life.
The writing is perfect and sweet; just easy enough for anyone to read, but still eloquent enough to catch the eye of any reader. I actually marked a few passages that I loved, and since there’s no better place than now, I’ll share them with you. 🙂
“The sun floated toward the ground, winking through the trees and slinking over the horizon as if even it couldn’t wait to be done with the day. The sky turned to silver, and motes of dust caught and held the last bits of light, dancing on the air like tiny winged beings.”
See what I mean? I have a couple more marked, but there’s definite spoilers in them. You’ll have to read it yourself. 😉
My rating is a very steady 5/5 stars