At Water’s Edge by S. McPherson, Review copy was provided by YA READS as part of a blog tour.
When 17-year-old, Dezaray Storm drunkenly stumbles across a portal one night, her downtrodden life begins to change, mainly because she starts living someone else’s life. Accidentally trading places with the most powerful sorceress of the realm, Coldivor, Dezaray finds herself assuming the identity of her magical look alike, having to convince everyone in the realm that she is the real deal. Aside from a few minor hiccups along the way, like the fact that she is not magical nor does she know even the simplest cards trick; Dezaray soon finds herself settling in. Particularly in the arms of Milo; a blue-eyed jokester with the ability to teleport. However, it doesn’t take long for Dezaray to realise that life on the other side is far from glitz and glamour and that creatures unimaginable are hunting her. A war is brewing between the seven empires of Coldivor and those that long to take over. Dezaray’s enchanted double is their only hope; their secret weapon, set to be unleashed on her eighteenth birthday when she is bequeathed with the powers of her forefathers.
But for the enchantress to return, Dezaray has to leave, and the thought of going back to Islon fills Dezaray with dread, for more reasons than one. Torn between a reality she can’t stand and a fantasy she can’t keep, Dezaray is struggling to see how any choice she makes will lead to a happy ending.
What I Thought…
I was really excited about the premise of this book. Which basically boils down to an inter-dimensional war, alien-like races and doppelgangers who can hop through a portal and hang out – but only for a limited time.
When Dezaray the main character and Milo the hunky guy from literally another world fall in love their need to be together trumps everything, rules, and plans be-dammed!
Dezaray’s doppelganger, Lexovia, who is the last and most powerful of her kind gets stuck on the wrong side of the portal and you get taken along as she attempts to navigate the “Corporeal” world she only learned about in school, but never imagined she’d actually experience it in real life.
What I enjoyed – the characters, they were fun and interesting.
What I didn’t like – At times flowery language and what I felt was the over use of the world “whilst”. Also the author is writing about different worlds – what I imagine is supposed to be our “Earth” is called Islon and yet, she refers to things like “The Wizard of Oz“. Islon is a made up place, and so referring to our popular culture often pulled me out of the story, which as a reader – I found made the story feel cumbersome, when it needn’t be.
Three ★★★, for creative characters and story premise.