291727Little bit of a love/hate relationship going on here between two of the main characters, Ivar and Willem.  And there’s a love connection that could have been explored a little bit more, but overall the first of the Watercourse trilogy isn’t all bad.

The story focuses on a shipwright and his best friend, both children of Cormyr, who are essentially drafted by masters from a far off city and set off to make their way in the world, becoming apprentices and eventually masters in their fields.

The shipwright (Ivar) only cares for what he designs, he only lives to create.  Nothing else matters to him, which becomes a sore point between he and the friend (Willem) as Willem goes down an increasingly dark path to climb the ladder of success, pushed on by an over bearing mother and power hungry mentor.

Pretty much everyone in this book is messed up in some way, but the character i was most interested in was Ivar’s possible love interest.  Phyera is Willem’s fiancee, daughter of Willem’s mentor, aristocrat daughter, master thief, and self harmer. She is quite the interesting character in and of herself, but she’s only made more interesting when she spends a few months at her family’s summer retreat and returns to the city haunted by ghosts and bearing a blood thirsty blade.

The biggest issue is the tie jump between chapters.  Could be days, weeks, years and it takes a minute to figure out just where in the timeline you are.  Aside from that it wasn’t a bad story, but I think the biggest draw for me to continue the trilogy for Phyera.  I SO want to know what happens to her…

Taking a not-by-choice break as i found myself finished with Whisper of Waves without the next book in hand.  So I wandered into the nearest bookstore and walked out with Goddess with a Blade by Lauren Dane, first in the Rowan Summerwaite series.

11374438Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Physical vessel to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and raised by the leader of the Vampire Nation, she’s a supercharged hunter with the power to slay any vampire who violates the age-old treaty.

A recent string of murders has her at odds with Las Vegas’s new Scion, the arrogant and powerful Clive Stewart. The killings have the mark of Vampire all over them, and Rowan warns Clive to keep his people in line—or she’ll mete out her own brand of justice.

Though her dealings with Clive are adversarial to say the least, Rowan is intensely aware of her attraction to him. But she can’t let it distract her from her duty—to find and battle the killer before more women die.