Whispers from the Depths
C. W. Briar
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Joyful and blessed are Voice-bearers, for the Heavens have set them apart.
As Whisperers gifted with the Voice, Betka and her people are enslaved. Only they can control the dangerous spirits that haunt the waters, but they are forced to serve under cruel taskmasters. Betka has little hope of freedom from her service or her own bitterness.
They toil for the goodness of others.
A powerful water spirit terrorizes the castle where Betka's sister is serving. Betka is assigned to the crew sailing to face the foe, and she fears for the only family she has left.
Rage is found nowhere in them.
In the beleaguered, flooded castle, a new threat awaits—a magic more powerful and horrifying than anything they have ever seen. Loyalties will be tested, and enemies will become desperate allies.
Betka is their only hope of escape—if she can subdue the wrath that endangers them all.
She who wields the waters for revenge drowns herself tenfold.
I’m supposed to be a writer who can forms words to adequately express my thoughts and feelings, but what do you do when you don’t know how to put them into words?
Case in point, this book.
It was a delightfully, beautifully, breathe-stealing tale that made me cry by the end because it was so powerful.
Delightful in how the author really weaves a story that blew me away and how I went from despising one character to hoping his life doesn’t end.
Beautiful in that everything I’ve been reading about the Whisperers bears the fullest fruit by the end, making me cry as a result.
Breathe-stealing because how many times am I going to clinch my hands in a fist, almost wanting to pray no one gets injured, dies, or suddenly disappears.
Maybe this review doesn’t fully convey how powerful this story was, but C.W. Briar is officially an author on my watch list. There is not turning back from this.
And not sure I would want to anyway
Fantastic debut with a deep story of friendship and love overcoming even in the darkest and most hate-filled situations.
Added note: This is a DARK fantasy. For readers who have light stomachs, be forewarned that there are few parts that I had to skim. They were a little too much for me so wanted to give a heads up for anyone who has a light stomach as well.
I received an ARC from the publisher. All thoughts expressed are my own and was not required to write a positive review.