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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