Perfect for fans of Deborah Harkness and Elizabeth Kostova, The Water Watch is a breathtakingly sexy and atmospheric new novel of ancient folklore, passionate love, and thrilling magic.
After casting out a dark spirit, Callie McFay, a professor of gothic literature, has at last restored a semblance of calm to her rambling Victorian house. But in the nearby thicket of the Honeysuckle Forest, and in the currents of the rushing Undine River, more trouble is stirring. . . .
The enchanted town of Fairwick’s dazzling mix of mythical creatures has come under siege from the Grove: a sinister group of witches determined to banish the fey back to their ancestral land. With factions turning on one another, all are cruelly forced to take sides. Callie’s grandmother, a prominent Grove member, demands her granddaughter’s compliance, but half-witch/half-fey Callie can hardly betray her friends and colleagues at the college.
To stave off disaster, Callie enlists Duncan Laird, an alluring seductive academic who cultivates her vast magical potential, but to what end? Deeply conflicted, Callie struggles to save her beloved Fairwick, dangerously pushing her extraordinary powers to the limit—risking all, even the needs of her own passionate heart–Description from Goodreads
The supporting characters offer a nice contrast to the main character. The friendships described in this book are the kind we all hope for, where a person can be exactly who they are and always have someone to catch them if they fall. This was what made me feel closest to this story.
The plot was enchanting and I thought the story was executed wonderfully. The humor found throughout this book is the kind that makes you burst out laughing when you least expect it. This book was so easy to read and was the perfect way to keep me entertained for an entire evening.
I loved the dialogue and felt like I was right there, having a conversation with the characters. This is not a book that you feel like you are stuck on the outside of. The way it is written pulls you right into the middle. If you haven’t read the first book in this series, you can still read this one, although you may not understand all of the references.
The only thing I didn’t love about this book, was the main character’s indecision over her men. Honestly, was there a guy that she wasn’t attracted to? I felt that kind of took away from the potential romance of the story.
Otherwise, I thought this was wonderful and I would recommend it to any woman who loves romance and magic. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher.