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Water Water by Amanda Green

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When librarian Laura Poole sees something strange in the darkness through the window of a London Underground train, she never imagines that she’ll soon be stumbling across a hidden people living below the city in the network of tunnels known as the Riverways. Taken into their confidence she is drawn into their world and there she meets Joseph, the man who for years has been their link with the outside.

But something is happening to the water in London and danger is coming from the sea. An old rivalry is reawakened and the network of secrets is no longer strong enough to protect them. A conflict is approaching that threatens London and Laura becomes a pawn in the struggle. Rescued then abandoned by Joseph, she can’t just stand by doing nothing. Librarians are made of sterner stuff than that, and she sets of to save her city.

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Listed: Mar 6, 2017


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Watery Urban Fantasy

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Oct 7, 2017: Water Water is a refreshing entry into the urban fantasy genre. When I first started it, I was reminded of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, but as I followed the story, it became wonderfully different. We follow the story of Laura, who sees some mysterious people on the subway one day as it takes a long-disused detour, and Joseph, who has some connection with them.

One of the things I liked about the story itself was that aside from Laura and Joseph as main characters, the city of London itself also seems to be a strong character, and I really enjoyed all of the common and uncommon places the author introduces the reader to. I felt like I was getting a native’s sense of the city as I read.

I also liked the way the author works folktales and actual city history into the tale she weaves. Laura is a librarian, and makes good use of her research skills throughout the story, at first trying to research the mysterious people she glimpsed, and then trying to research the pressing concerns of how history and beings of old folktales are influencing the world of today.

At any rate, I really liked this story and would heartily recommend it to anyone who’s an urban fantasy fan, especially those that like stories incorporating peoples from old folktales.

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