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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Tainted Water by Lucretia Stanhope

Half witch. Half light elf. Welcome by neither. Alice is alone and desperate to fit in at her aunt’s coven when she embarks on a dubious quest for cave nettle.
Dark Elf. Decker is a leader running out of time. Isolated from the main cave system due to a hex making the water in his cave toxic, even the war his clan demands won’t save them.
The two must put aside centuries-old survival instincts and work together to save lives and preserve the fragile treaty between the coven and clan

This book was interesting and creative. It was a little difficult to tell who the “good guys” and the “bad guys” are. I think that was the point though as the MC has the same issue.
This was a quick and easy read, but quite enjoyable. Alice is an interesting character who I am not 100% sure I liked, but I think that makes the novel better. She’s wasn’t a typical “Mary Sue.”
I think this was a kind of retelling of Alice in Wonderland, but very abstract.
The world-building is a little complicated and you really must pay attention to the writing.
This novel falls into a lot of categories, dark fantasy, supernatural, romance. The writing is good, and the pace is fast.
There is mystery and danger, this book has it all. My only real complaint was that many of the characters fell a little short personality-wise.
I totally recommend it!

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