At Water’s Edge (The Water Rushes #1)
By: S. McPherson
Publisher: S. McPherson Books
Publication Date: November 10th, 2015
At Water’s Edge tells the tale of a seventeen year old girl in England who falls in love with an eighteen year old boy from another world. A case of mistaken identity, lost portals and battling empires leads to an adventure between worlds, centered around love, loss and magic.
I suppose my life began the night it almost ended. The night I fled down Cuckilbury Mountain and his outstretched hand pulled me through a portal and into his world of magic and empires.
But my journey to his side will end in one of two ways; with my return or with my demise. There are rumours of a gem; a way for us to exist in the same realm but no one knows if these rumours are true or just things of legend.
Now that I’ve found him though, it seems unbearable to exist in a world where he does not.
They say love can cross oceans but can it cross worlds?
At Water’s Edge is not a typical multi dimensional YA read. If such a genre can be described as typical. Dezaray Storm has always noticed the shimmery light that appears near Beatrice Brook and been incredibly intrigued by it. However, her attention is absorbed by school, work, her alcoholic brother’s abusive tirades, and blaming herself for her parents’ deaths.
The world building was original, if a bit stilted at first, and explanations seemed to pop up out of no where and Dezaray would just conveniently nod along. Once the world was cemented in the story line, however, the book began to flow and any rough edges at the beginning were soon forgotten. The worlds of the Coltis and Corporeals, one a dimension of magic, the other our own dimension, were a unique idea, and there was a complex history that tied the two worlds together and produced the book’s plot. The part that I enjoyed the most, though, was how Dezaray was never a trope-tastic special snowflake when she easily could have been. Her counterpart was the so called special snowflake, the girl destined to save her people who is the last of her race and had all the powers of the Coltis under her control and can also fly. It was refreshing having a character that struggled to find her powers, who didn’t live up to expectations and also didn’t whine about it.
The romance is one I have to mention as it could be described, and rightly so, as insta-love (it develops in less than two weeks), but it never felt like it was that short of a time. The time over which it developed felt stretched out, like it was longer than less than two weeks and appreciate how the author put the effort into developing the relationship enough that the characters felt like a couple, rather than the reader just being told that they were.
My greatest complaint with the book was Dezaray’s brother. Mainly, how he treats her and how Dezaray thinks she deserves it. She feels responsible for her parents’ deaths and her brother never lets her forget that he feels the same. His favorite way of relaying this sentiment is beating Dezaray senseless whenever he gets drunk. As the book progressed and Dezaray made such leaps and bounds in other aspects of her life, I expected her to come to terms with her parents’ deaths, realize they weren’t her fault, and realize she does not, and never did, deserve anything her brother did to her. I wanted her to not only stand up to him, but to make it clear that she had healed, that she no longer agreed that she was to blame, but mostly that she would get the hell away from him. And I do understand that the hallmark of abusive relationships is returning to the abuser, believing that they did what they did out of some form of love, or that life with them was not all bad and that the good outweighed whatever evils they inflicted. Even though I get that Dezaray’s actions and feelings are a way that victims of domestic violence feel, it still didn’t cancel out what I really wanted to happen and didn’t get.
At Water’s Edge was a great read, with an extensive and entertaining plot that covered much more than I thought it would. With so much packed into the book and so many questions still left unanswered, it makes me curious as to where the rest of the series is headed, and I can’t wait to find out.
S. McPherson is a young British expat living in Dubai and working as a kindergarten teacher. When she is not at work immersed in a world of imagination and fantasy created by the children, she is immersed in her own worlds of imagination and fantasy at home, dreaming up tales and writing them down. At Water’s Edge is S. McPherson’s début novel and the first in the romantic, fantasy series, The Water Rushes.
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