This novel was gifted to me by Kevin Breaux. I’ve read other books by him but this one is completely different and a breath of fresh air.
America’s population is slowly dying due to an epidemic, and Alexander, an ancient, immortal shaman, has medicine that can heal people. It has one small side effect—Alexander’s able to control the minds of anyone taking the drug, nicknamed “dust.”
Alexander plans to take over the country once dust is released to the general public, crushing anyone who stands in the way. He needs just a little bit more of a certain magical ingredient to make the medication work properly: fairy wings.
An intelligent, stunning fairy, Sabrina was also America’s sweetheart—until a video of a crime she was involved in surfaces, nearly destroying her. A year later, she’s finally ready to step back into the spotlight. Together with her bodyguard, Mira, a water spirit in human form, Sabrina’s prepared to start over.
Things are starting to look up until she meets Alexander in a club and goes from social outcast to tortured captive in the blink of an eye. Will she be able to escape the evil shaman and his mind-controlled slaves in time to save herself and everyone she cares about?
Series: Water Kingdom, #1
Age: 18 years and up
Review: 5 butterflies
This book took me by surprise. I had read the blurb, and I wasn’t sure that it was my cup of tea. However, Kevin Breaux brought out some hidden qualities that aren’t typically in fantasy novels. The book begins en medias res, which is one of my favorite literary styles of all time. We’re thrown into the action, not knowing exactly what happened or what’s going on.
I absolutely loved the mythology that Breaux created—placing a creative twist to the fairy tales that we know and love today. While I’ve read other books Breaux has written, this one is completely different from his dark fantasy series.
Sabrina is a fairy, but not your typical fairy that we’re used to. She’s not even really the typical “dark fantasy” fairy either, since she has a very unique backstory. She was an interesting character to read. She’s the typical starlet who loves fashion and spends a crap-ton of money on clothes and shoes. She lived the party style and had an incident because of it that ruined her reputation. While she’s the type of character that I love to hate, Breaux writes her in a way that makes me sympathize with her and even more: I root for her.
While Cade is on the blurb of the book, I would actually see him more of a secondary character. He’s not even in the book (except for the flashbacks) until the second half. While I enjoyed his character, I don’t really know much about him except for he’s a vampire. Since this book ended in a sort-of cliffhanger, I assume that Breaux will expand on him in other books.
Moselle is a mummy. That’s something I didn’t expect in a fantasy book. Breaux has a very interesting take on mummies. Instead of the gross, falling-apart being that I expected, she’s a very sexually-appealing, confident woman. The history behind her becoming a mummy is actually one of my favorite stories in this novel. Breaux completely created a brand-new mythology for mummies and I loved it completely.
Mira is my favorite character, which is odd, because she is a very minor character in this novel. She just had this very honest and humble air about her. While Moselle and Sabrina are very “valley girl,” Mira is less so. She’s the average girl and that helped me relate with her the most.
Jackson was my least favorite, to be honest. He didn’t really contribute to all of the action, caused more chaos, and actually distracted some of the characters from achieving their goal. This was probably the point of this character, since every good story needs an antagonist, and when you have two, even better.
Alexander Kintner, the bad guy of it all, is the true antagonist. While Jackson didn’t really help (and sometimes hindered), Kintner actively fought against Sabrina. While I don’t know Kintner’s backstory (and I’m dying to) he is a very good antagonist. However, he’s more Voldemort than Umbridge in that yeah, he’s evil and yeah, you want to defeat him, but you’re not really attached and actively hating him.
This story was definitely very interesting and completely unique. While there are a lot of shock-worthy elements, a lot of swearing, and sex, it doesn’t actually matter and I got incredibly invested in the story. There is a small cliffhanger at the end, but all of the issues are resolved in the book. There are a few loose ends, but not enough to make you worry. Breaux brings in some conflict towards the end that obviously points towards a sequel, but it could probably be read as a stand-alone without much frustration (I did fall on the floor in distress when I figured out the book was over but that’s just me). I recommend this book to those who are tired of the typical fairy tales and want a nice twist, but don’t mind some R-rated fun added in.