I was recently sent a copy of Watersmeet by Rachel Cotterill to review.
When a stranger tells her she’s a mage, Ailith is intrigued but she’s also afraid. Magic is heresy, and heresy means death under the Temple Law. Even literacy is suspect in a girl of her background, and her sister’s impending wedding only serves as a reminder that she should be focusing on her future. Then a local priest asks her to rescue his son, and she starts to wonder if her talents could be a blessing, after all.
The Lord Baron of Watersmeet, Leofwin isn’t accustomed to welcoming uninvited visitors. A commoner turning up at his gates should be no more than a minor footnote to his day, but something about Ailith catches his attention. Alchemy can be lonely work and an apprentice might be just what he needs.
As their lessons grow into shared experiments, Leofwin wonders if he might even trust her with his greatest challenge. But Ailith can’t forget why she came to the castle.
I received the book as a digital copy so I couldn’t say if I thought the book looked too long or like a short story but I can say how I found it. It was an easy book to read, it didn’t take very long to get through because it was an interesting story to follow. It’s not a keep you on the edge of your seat story but it does make you want to read on and that’s why it didn’t take me long to read it. It’s quite a gentle story and has a gentle conclusion but it is good.
I’ve never heard of the author before and have never read any of her books so I had no idea what to expect. I have heard that the author has written a few other books but this one is a different series to them, so if you’re a fan, you may not be expecting this style of book from her and could possibly be disappointed.
It’s very magical but with science, so not your average story. It’s a book for anyone that loves a romantic fantasy. I must say it’s not a book I would usually pick up and read but I did enjoy it and I would even go as far as to say I would read it again.
I even think my teen daughter would enjoy it, so I’m going to let her read it next. I would give it star rating of 4 out of 5
What books have you been reading?