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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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