The Water Travelers is an alluring and captivating book, written by Daniel Waltz.
The people of Upitar have the ability to transport themselves between their world and Earth through water. Aaron Archien is the heir to the throne of Upitar and before his father lets him become king, he is given one task – to go to Earth to find the daughter of Michael Harper and bring her back to Upitar to kill her. There’s an ancient prophesy that Madalyne Harper will be the one to destroy the waterways, damaging Upitar irreparably and astronomically.
Aaron is against taking a life and he thinks that maybe the prophesy could be wrong, but he agrees to do it for the sake of his people. However, when Aaron reaches Earth, he unknowingly meets Madalyne. They begin to fall in love when Aaron realises this is the girl he has to kill. Will Aaron do what’s right for his people, or will he risk everything to keep the one he loves safe?
A few days ago, Daniel Waltz read my book review on Don’t Close Your Eyes and asked if I’d like to read and review his book. I was really excited about this, and I was even more excited that his book is currently free on iBooks and some other places – check out his website here for more details.
I expected to like this book seeing as I’m a big fan of most fantasy, and I did. I thought the idea for this book was really interesting. The basic idea is that there is a race of people from a different world who can travel to different places through water which is deep enough to cover their entire body. These people are called the Water Travelers. This book had quite a few twists, which were really interesting to read, but a lot of this book was also really obvious. I’m not sure if we were supposed to know who the girl that Aaron was supposed to kill was from the very beginning, and if so, that definitely happened. This book was really well written. This book began with a bang and that grabbed me immediately. The middle of this book was a little bit slow for me, but the ending was definitely worth my time. The pacing was really good most of the time.
One of the main things I had an issue with was the relationship between Madi and Aaron. Aaron sees this girl while he looks through her bedroom window when he arrives on Earth and he immediately ‘falls in love’ with her. Obviously this needed to happen for the sake of the story, but honestly it just seemed unrealistic. And the fact that Madi would just let a strange guy into her bedroom was crazy. I couldn’t believe that these two people would form such a strong bond in that small amount of time. One would be willing to do anything to save the other and I struggled to see why these two people had such a connection. I would have liked to see some more chemistry between them and for their relationship to grow, rather than just be there. However, the more the book progressed, the more I came to love Aaron and Madi. Towards the end of the book, I was dying for these two characters to kiss. At the beginning of the book when we were just introduced to these characters, I never thought I’d fall in love with them the way I did. I really came to like their relationship and I definitely felt connected to them.
Staying on the same topic of characters, I had another slight issue. I would have like to see some more backstory for a lot of the characters. This story could have benefitted from that because then I would have seen the motivation that drove characters, such as with the King. I also felt at times there was nothing about Aaron that I really liked. He wasn’t overly funny and there wasn’t really anything I liked in him except the fact that he was determined to keep Madi safe. Even that, at times, was questionable because of the fact that they had just met. One thing I liked about Aaron was how he didn’t know how things worked on Earth. It was kind of cute. However, if you’re going to send someone to Earth on a mission, wouldn’t you teach them about how things work on Earth so they don’t look like a complete and utter idiot? Some parts of this book were definitely questionable.
Madi seemed a little bland at times as well. I found it annoying that everyone was always commenting on her appearance or checking her out or even stalking her. There are lots of gorgeous people out there and they don’t all have people watching them or harassing them. I’m not doubting that some people do have issues like that, but I just found it a little frustrating. And the fact that Madi let Aaron into her life when she turned down so many other guys who were interested in her was strange. If I were her and saw a guy staring at me through my bedroom window, I’d call the police, not let him inside and I definitely wouldn’t make a joke about whether he was going to rape me or not. Some of the characters were just frustrating at times, but that didn’t change the fact that I felt for them and I was be sad and angry when something bad happened to one of them.
Another thing that could have been improved was the world building of Upitar was the world building. I wanted to know more about this world and for this book to paint a picture of this world in my mind before we went back there for the second time. In the later part of this book was when I found out what Upitar was really like, and that would have been useful earlier on. In the beginning, because I knew these people were Water Travelers, I even thought that they were mer-people, like mermaids. Maybe I was the only one thinking that, but it would have benefited from a bit more detail in the explanation and what this world was like in the beginning. I was thinking that maybe everything was underwater. The start of this book was just a little confusing and I had to read it twice to get a better understanding of what was going on.
I really liked the second half of this book because we were shown more of Upitar. The mission that Aaron and Madi went on was really intriguing and exciting to read about for the majority of the time. There were a few parts in the middle of this book that were a bit slow, but most of it was really interesting. Even though I had a few problems with this book, it was really grabbing and I didn’t want to stop reading. Overall, this was a really interesting book and I liked most of it. I’d give The Water Travelers by Daniel Waltz a score of 7.5 out of 10. After that cliffhanger, I’m definitely going to have to read the next book! If you like fantasy and don’t mind the plot being a bit obvious at times, I definitely recommend this book!