Publisher: Infinity Publishing (October 16, 2009)
Source: Review copy provided by Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
Thirteen year old Sea Clearwater discovers fourteen year old Thomas Saise, helping unravel the truth of her identity. Join them as they battle the evil Eric Shade, ruler of black benders. In addition to learning fighting skills as a water bender, Sea gains a greater understanding of a life beyond anything she imagined as she encounters wizards, fairies, gentle creatures and violent ones.
Trying not to sound overly harsh or critical, but you could tell that this book was written by a 13 year old. The writing is somewhat rough, and was a little hard to read at times because of awkward sentences. It read more like a rough draft instead of a finished manuscript. However, I am impressed that she was able to finish an entire book at such a young age, so kudos for perseverance!
I'm not going to lie to you; this book was a tough read. I was going to put it down several times, but kept reading because I wanted to try to figure out what I was missing. I've only seen a handful of reviews on this one, but they all raved about it and gave it a 5/5 rating. One reviewer even compared it to the Harry Potter books! Um...no.
Gave this a 2/5 rating because while I was able to finish it, I didn't really enjoy the book. There were too many rough spots with both the dialog and the plot. There are several illustrations scattered throughout the book as well, which I'm assuming were drawn by Selene. The drawings, like the book, were obviously done by an amateur and I'm not sure why they were included. However....the author was only 13 when she wrote this story. I think Selene needs a good editor to work with her and help her polish her skills, then maybe in a few years she'll be ready for publication. Is she ready yet? In my opinion, no. But in a few years...watch out!