Water

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Rated 4.06/5 based on 31 reviews
Elemental powers in the palm of her hand, and it won't be enough to save her. Involuntarily introduced to a life of magic, Kaitlyn becomes part of an organization hell-bent on saving the Earth. Just as she starts to adjust, the organization divides and a rogue member holds Kaitlyn hostage. Now one of the most terrifying men the human race has to offer stands between her and Earth's survival. More
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About Terra Harmony

Terra is author of the eco-fantasy novels in the Akasha Series, 'Water', 'Air', 'Fire' and 'Earth', as well as the Painted Maidens Trilogy. Terra was born and raised in Colorado but has since lived in California, Texas, Utah, North Carolina, and Virginia. Terra served a 5½ year enlistment in the Marine Corp, has earned her bachelor's and master's degree and presently runs the language services division of a small business.

Terra currently lives in a suburb of Washington, DC with her husband of sixteen years and three children.

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Review by: Merissa Sheppard on Jan. 7, 2017 :
Have you ever read a book that you really wanted to like, but upon reading it discovered that you really didn't? Well, Water which is book one of the Akasha series is one of those books for me. There are so many elements (yes, pun intended) to this book that I should like, but somehow it just doesn't work for me. In the synopsis, it says about the earth's survival resting upon her shoulders, but that is only alluded to in the story. There can only be one Gaia at a time, but apart from the fact that Kaitlyn is strong and powerful, nothing else is mentioned.

Kaitylin is our main female, and a more contrary female, liable to give you whiplash, you will never meet. She is supposed to be in her early twenties, but behaves like a child. Micah is one of the main males, and her "protector". I use speech marks because if he is my protector, then I'll do without, thanks, and take my chances. He is someone also likely to give you whiplash as he strives to be a strong, silent type. Shawn is probably the best character as he is evil, and supposed to be, and yet no one else can see it. There is a lot to this book, and like I said, I REALLY wanted to like it. I don't even mind a rape scene, so long as it is integral to the story and well written. However, with a simulated rape scene, followed by a couple of real rape scenes, it was just too much. It was like it was there for shock value, rather than to make the story move along. Yes, I feel sorry for Kaitlyn in these scenes, and yes, I can perfectly understand her anger towards Micah (she's not angry at Shawn though, she just wants to escape!), but it really didn't do much for the story itself at all.

That all being said, I would say that this is well written, although a bit long-winded whilst also 'jumping'. There were no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow. I definitely believe this is a 'marmite' book. You will either love it or hate it, with no middle ground. I personally can't recommend it.

Merissa
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Review by: Jeanne Jernegan on Sep. 26, 2013 :
This book felt more like a "stockholm syndrome" story. It felt more like a man had written it or a fanatical tree hugger! Very disturbing that from beginning to end Kaitlain is abducted, betrayed, abused and used by the very people purporting to live a green lifestyle... the absurdity is Kaitlain is suppose to be Gaia herself, yet she's constantly mistreated. Which makes it hard to believe anyone in the "7" really care anything for her, personally.

This is a no win situation, she's doomed if she works with them (they can't be trusted) and she's doomed if she doesn't. Story left me too disturbed to like it.
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Review by: sarah uk on March 12, 2013 :
(Source: Downloaded for free from Amazon.co.uk)
Kaitlyn thinks she’s dead when she’s swept up in an avalanche while snowboarding, the last thing she expects is to wake up locked in a small room which looks nothing like a hospital.
Deciding to try and escape, Kaitlyn breaks out through a small window, and puts up one hell of a fight when once again cornered, but there’s no easy escape for her, especially when she finds out that the people who are holding her have cleared all her stuff from her apartment, and basically made out that she is dead!

Kaitlyn is in for even more of shock though when it is finally explained to her where she is and why. She has been taken by a group called ‘the seven’, who are trying to fight environmental problems using magical powers, and Kaitlyn is their new Gaia – the woman who has magical powers over earth, wind, water, and fire.
What exactly do these people expect from Kaitlyn though? How is she supposed to use these powers? And will her life ever be the same again?


I’m not really sure where to start with this book. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like this. There was action, there was romance, there was science, environmental stuff, and then there was magic! Such an odd combination! All the way through this book I was in two minds – did I like it? Did I want to keep reading? Could I skip this bit about phytoplankton? But I have to say that when I got to the end, I was strangely invested in finding out what happened to Kaitlyn next!

Kaitlyn was a feisty, headstrong, stubborn woman. She was all alone in the world, and lacked human company, but she sure had one hell of a temper, and put up one hell of a fight when she felt that she’d been kidnapped. She was may have even been a touch over-zealous in her attempts to escape, and it was easy to see how she made some enemies during her first escape attempt.
Kaitlyn really was a feisty little madam, who had some very definite ideas about what she would and wouldn’t do, and made a big point of getting what she wanted when she wanted it, even if her demands were downright unattainable or OTT, this is not a girl I’d want to mess with!

The other characters in this book ‘the seven’ who had basically kidnapped her, and led the world to believe that she was dead were a real assortment of characters. Kaitlyn seemed to like Micah the best, although he later showed her just how far he was prepared to go to train her and keep her in line. Shawn was a nasty piece of work, Alex was the nice guy, and Cato was the Yoda of the group.
I was really unsure who out of this bunch was really trustworthy, and Kaitlyn’s ideas on this subject changed during the book too. These characters were well fleshed out though, and had very distinct personalities.

Part of the storyline in this book is about ecology, and how the planet is changing and being damaged etc. ‘The Seven’ are trying to combat these problems and want Kaitlyn to use her powers to keep the planet in balance. This was quite an interesting and unique angle for the use of magical powers I must say, and also a great way to get this sort of environmental message out there, even if I can’t say that I particularly enjoyed reading about the phytoplankton!
I did like the storyline in this book though, and I thought that even the nastier parts of the story were well written and not too disturbing, which could have easily been the case. This book is new adult or adult, not young adult though, and did contain sexual situations, both consensual and non-consensual.

As I said I did think that the ideas in this book were a bit of an odd combination at points, but in the end I did enjoy this book, and the little cliff-hanger at the end really did make me want to read the next book!
Overall; and interesting combination of action, romance, adventure, environmental issues, and magic!
7 out of 10.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
Review by: Midu Hadi on Feb. 20, 2013 :
What I liked:
the whole idea about people close to nature & how they could draw energy from it was interesting.

the story started well and kept my interest as it progressed.

the cover is really pretty!

What I didn't like:

the Seven were short on funds...so much so that they didn't eat too well most days, yet they could travel all around the world?

I don't think causing an increase in the phytoplankton population can be that easy and even if it was, there are always consequences when humans think they know better than nature.

Kaitlyn's attraction to Micah was too insta-love for me! She accepts everything too easily-kidnapping, almost maiming, almost rape, killing of other Gaias etc.

How nobody, even wise Cato, could see how unstable Shawn really was.

I understood Micah's reasons for what he did in the greenhouse & why Shawn hatched that plan too. What I didn't get was how Kaitlyn could forgive either of them.
(review of free book)
Review by: Michelle Proulx on Jan. 21, 2013 :
Water is a well-written and engaging eco-adventure romance that kept me intrigued from start to finish. I very much enjoyed the pro-environmental conservation message of the novel . You can tell that the author feels very strongly about this subject, and it is showcased beautifully in her writing. I also liked that the magic system was based somewhat off of scientific principles, which grounded the fantasy element of the story and made it seem less far fetched that magic like that could exist in this day and age.

My main qualm was with the protagonist, Kaitlyn. I felt that she under-reacted to a very evident threat early on in the book, to the extent that it was almost unbelievable. And then she–and every other character in the book–continued to underestimate that threat until the betrayal inevitably occurred and it was too late for her to take any action to save herself. This is not to say I didn’t understand why she acted that way, but as a reader it frustrated me, and as a result I had trouble connecting with the protagonist and feeling sorry for her.

Qualms aside, Water was a fascinating book, and one that I will definitely pick up again in the future.
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Review by: Christopher Starr on Aug. 17, 2012 :
Let me get this out the way: Kaitlyn Alder is BADASS!

And now for the more subdued part of my review:
I read Water as part of the OrangeBerry Summer Splash Blog Tour and was introduced to Kaitlyn, her elemental powers and the eco-fantasy genre all in one fell swoop. And Terra Harmony, the author, doesn't waste any time throwing you into the action. Some readers like to move into stories gradually--they want to learn about the sunlight, the intricate shapes the shadows make dappling on pavement, the sounds of children playing from the nearby park wafting through the air. Yeah, screw all that! Harmony introduces us to Kaitlyn as she's snowboarding for her life, trying to outrun an avalanche.

She fails.

And that's just the first chapter.

From here we learn that Kaitlyn is more than a globe-trotting, freelance photographer with intimacy issues: she's a Gaia--a person with the ability to manipulate the elements (Air, Wind, Water, and Fire). Problem is Kaitlyn's all power with none of the control. Where we'd love a light breeze, your girl is causing Hurricane Katrina. Not only that, she's in the custody of an eco-friendly (but pretty freaking poor), shadowy group called The Seven. They lock her up, don't tell her anything, vaguely answer her questions, are footloose and fancy free with sedatives, and promise to teach her about her powers.

What I like about Kaitlyn is that she takes none of this lying down: she puts a hurting on everyone until she gets the answers the wants or until her curiosity is peaked. And she's got a smart-ass sense of humor. She's all attitude, has great one-liners and a good right cross--it's more like Captain Planet meets The Last Airbender with a little Firestarter thrown in there for good measure.

I'm gonna stop so I don't ruin it: Water and its follow up, Air, are both available now and Book #3, Earth, is due out pretty soon. It's a good, action-packed read. But I do have to say, Kaitlyn's journey is no walk in the park: just because it has fantasy in the genre, don't think this is Hunger Games. Harmony deals with some very adult themes in a very adult way and some of the sex scenes in this book are non-consensual.

I have a couple of cons. First, I LOVE villains. Not a fan of this guy. At all. For all the crap he put Kaitlyn through, what he wanted was neither clear nor really all that deep. Ever. And the emotional component underpinning his actions and his goals was too little too late. I didn't get the why of it all and, without that, I couldn't get the point. Other than Kaitlyn learning her powers, the villain didn't give me much to go on. Luckily, Kaitlyn's story is strong enough to go on.

Beyond that, this is ultimately about saving the environment, right? Save the trees and feed the plankton and global warming stuff. It isn't even that governments and companies don't love their trees--it's that they don't want to pay to save them. So if you have a group of people who can fix the environment, through whatever means, who cares? Why be clandestine when you're doing the stuff everybody wants? I couldn't understand the bigger conflict; it was alluded to late in the book but never really clear.

That aside, would I recommend the book? Absolutely. Ms. Harmony is building a bigger story here and Water is only the beginning. It's certainly worth diving in and seeing it to the finish line.
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Review by: Christina Smith on Aug. 11, 2012 :
I have mixed feelings about this book. I love the cover, and the story itself was good, it was fast paced, maybe a little too much at times, but it definitely kept me reading. It was original for me, since I have never read anything like it. I liked most of the characters, just thought some of their actions weren't very believable. The idea was great, saving the world, and again original(for me).

But there were things that about it that I didn't like. First, I found most of the jokes corny, and odd how Kaitlyn would joke when her life was in danger. I also found it strange how she just accepted here captivity and didn't question more of what was happening. The relationship between her and Micah developed way too quickly. And I don't think she showed enough emotion after her episode with Shawn on the Island.

At times during the book I wasn't sure if I would read the next one, but now that I have finished it, I need to see what will happen next.
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Review by: Gregory S. Lamb on Aug. 6, 2012 :
When Kaitlyn Alder, the main character in "Water," Terra Harmony's second installment of the "Akasha" series gets caught in an avalanche while snowboarding, her life takes an unexpected path. Kaitlyn finds herself on a mysterious island where she learns she possesses unique powers.

Ms. Harmony uses well-crafted prose and dialogue to develop a cast of characters who possess unique powers. Unbeknown to her, Kaitlyn Alder's powers are the missing ingredient the others need to harness the power of the Chakra, a mystical spot on present day earth. Their mission involves rescuing the earth from global climate change.

Ms. Harmony cleverly sprinkles in themes that cover individual choice and situations where individuals are deprived of choice. She also hits the ecology button pretty hard. Be ready to learn a bit about oceanography while you're at it. Ms. Harmony's creative framework for this story grabs the reader's attention with a moving plot that covers lots of geography. Reading "Water" will make you want to pick up the others in the series.
(review of free book)
Review by: Jeann W on July 7, 2012 :
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Water from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Like the fluidity of water, the story continually evolved from one simple concept of a girl being held captive, to her becoming a Gaia (a controller of the elements) in order to save the environment, and more. Environmental issues are a topical issue, and having a controller of the elements to deal with these issues is definitely a unique and relevant take on the paranormal genre.

I was hooked on the riveting story and the great ability of the author to convey the character's emotions. Scenarios and the complexity of the relationships between people within a secret organisation are pictured vividly. Kaitlyn, the protagonist who can control the elements, has a great refreshing quality about her, able to think on her feet and to handle her situation (however difficult it becomes) with evolving strength.

As an elemental magic user, I enjoyed the scenes where Kaitlyn learnt to harness her abilities and to tap into the power of nature. It's quite believable and not too technical (unlike Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series) and clearly depicts how the power is being used.

This is definitely not a YA story, but definitely an adult read, as there are some incredibly dark themes which are delved into later on. It was surprising as the first half of the book felt like a YA book evolving with the romance between Kaitlyn and some other characters, before it takes a turn for the darker half of the book. Without revealing too much, I felt quite disturbed at the circumstances which Kaitlyn had to endure (there was rape involved), and hope that justice makes its way to the sequel.

Featuring several twists and turns in the storyline, ulterior motives, and a host of interesting characters, I recommend Water to any mature reader out there who can handle the darker themes within this book. It really hooks you in and deals with some heavy emotional themes, and by the time I finished the title I was ready for more.
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