Troubled Waters: Elemental Blessings, Book 1

Troubled WatersAuthor: Sharon Shinn
Book Name: Troubled Waters
Series: Elemental Blessings
Order: #1
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Rating:  Good

Blurb:  Zoe Ardelay receives astonishing and unwelcome news: she has been chosen to become the king’s fifth wife. Forced to go to the royal city, she manages to slip away and hide on the shores of the mighty river.

It’s there that Zoe realizes she is a coru prime ruled by the elemental sign of water. She must return to the palace, not as an unwilling bride for the king, but a woman with power in her own right. But as Zoe unlocks more of the mysteries of her blood—and the secrets of the royal family—she must decide how to use her great power to rise above the deceptions and intrigue of the royal court.

Review:  While I did like this, it just seemed to take forever to actually get anywhere or to have anything truly interesting happen.  When things did start to happen, it was really good, but a huge part of this book dragged on with a large portion of the book dedicated to Zoe shopping and not nearly enough dedicated to the parts that got pointed out in the blurb.  It took until nearly the 30% point before any real hint that she held any actual mystical power was indicated and then nearly 60% before she actually actively uses it.  Considering those really are the best parts of the book and outside of a handful of times that really only occur in the second half, not much else actually happens.

I was torn on trying to figure out where to rate this because I did really enjoy parts of it, but it was just so incredibly slow that it brings it down quite a bit.  I’ve got the next one in this series on my list and am hoping to find that one to be a bit better than this one.


Author: TJ Fox

Slightly sane artist, book addict, wife and mom who is forever rethinking her place in this world.

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