The Waterfall Traveler by S. J. Lem

All eighteen-year-old Ri wants is to cure her adoptive father Samuel from his hallucination-inducing illness. Everyone in her village tells her it’s impossible. But when she meets two newcomers in the forest—a gruff rogue with a vendetta against the gods and a charming fugitive with the power to travel through water—she’ll be torn away from Samuel and swept across the sea to an oppressed city governed by a ruthless tyrant. Once there, she’ll not only have to confront Samuel’s unlawful past, but a vicious evil that threatens all mankind.

In this tale of bravery, friendship, and unexpected love, Ri must discover her own strength to save the men she cares for.

RA Winter’s Review: 5-stars

The Waterfall Traveler by S.J. Lem
First, I want to say that the cover is fantastic.  The colors, the hues, it is wonderful and sets the mood immediately.

This is for any young adult reader, young or old.  It is character driven with a unique plot that will keep you going.

The writing is crisp, detailed and set in a youthful way. The banter between the characters is fun and realistic. Our heroine is driven by her emotions, real ones, giving her dilemmas and consequences that move throughout the story. There are sacrifices to be made on the journey through the waterfall.  Follow the fireflies, beware of the pitfalls and no matter what, find Samuel.

This is a fast-paced adventure for the young at heart. I really enjoyed this and read some of it to a ten-year-old and a six-year-old. They had many questions that were answered for them and kept them entertained.

Anything that keeps them riveted in bed while listening to a story deserves 5-stars.

Sherry Terry’s Review: 5-stars

The Waterfall Traveler by S.J. Lem is so good! S. J. Lem really knows how to tell a compelling story that grabs the reader from the first page. The cover is spectacular and did a fantastic job getting me to investigate the book more. The writing is crisp and clean with just the right amount of detail to make you feel like you’re running through the action alongside the main character Ri.

Ri is wonderfully well-rounded as the main character and her ability to find trouble sets the tone in the first chapter. Even though The Waterfall Traveler is geared to mature young adults, I think this book is great for all ages. I enjoyed it, and my seven-year-old granddaughter is using the book for her 20-minute reading homework with anticipation every night. She’s loving the story.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes to read.

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11 thoughts on “The Waterfall Traveler by S. J. Lem

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  1. If you enjoy YA fantasy adventure with a strong female lead, this one’s for you. Ri is an appealing, spunky teen who gets taken to a new world through, you guessed it, a waterfall. There is a love triangle, but it’s so much more than that. Action, adventure, mythical creatures, this story has it all. And yes, gorgeous cover.

  2. Not usually my preferred genre, but I gave in and read it because I was intrigued by the excellent reviews, and it’s a super cover. I thought it would be a light-hearted, easy read that I’d skim through. What a surprise to find instead a book with strong characters, engaging dialogue, wit and humour, and with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. I savoured every word and the action. Highly recommended.

  3. I didn’t get a chance to finish the entirety of the ‘Waterfall Traveler’, but I did want to pop on here and comment re: how much I am enjoying it.

    I have a younger sister (Age 13) who I think would really enjoy this book, I’ll be buying her one for her kindle for Christmas 🙂

  4. The Waterfall Traveler by S.J. Lem is a fun fantasy adventure novel. Ri, the protagonist is a fiercely independent young woman whose life is consumed with caring for the ailing man who had given her so much. A meeting with a stranger forces her coincides with an encounter with a great evil scourge, the Culling. She barely escapes with her life through the help of another stranger, Bryce, who takes her through a waterfall to his homeland. Ri is caught up in an adventure against her will but rises to the occasion. Her adventures push her to her limits, take her to places she never imagined she’d go, and bring in her in contact with a group of characters, many of whom are at once distinctive and humorous.

    Ultimately, Ri and her comrades will find out that they are fighting forces far bigger than they could possibly have imagined. And winning would require courage and selflessness, which, as one can imagine, will lead to some poignant and moving moments. The characters are distinctive which makes their relationships interesting. There’s potential love, friendship, enmity, and comradery.

    S.J. Lem is a fantastic writer and very imaginative author. I was particularly impressed by her descriptions of nature: trees, forests, waterfalls, rivers, etc. The actions scenes were very well done and drew you in. A small quibble is that I would have liked to see some of that talent used to uncover more of the unfolding of some of the relationships.

    S.J. is a very good storyteller and this story gives the reader resolution while yet opening the door for the next installment of the story. I believe this novel is well calibrated for fans of YA fantasy, young and not-so-young, alike. Great writing, great imaginative storytelling!

  5. Posting for Val Collins:

    The Waterfall Traveller is the perfect blend of YA, mystery, fantasy and non-stop action. I give it 5-stars.

    Eighteen-year-old Ri is on a quest to save her de facto father, her friends and her entire community. On her journey she encounters any number of terrifying creatures.

    Being a great fan of mystery, I was intrigued by the intricate plot which developed throughout the story and came to a very satisfactory conclusion. The nonstop action made it difficult to put the book down and the action scenes were brilliantly executed.

    I don’t normally read fantasy but I loved some of the magical elements in this book.

    For readers who enjoy YA and fantasy, the Waterfall Traveller is a must read.

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