It’s my MTMC Tour stop to talk about Treachery of Water by Angela J Ford!
This was a fun read and packed with magic, mythology, and such a variety of vibrant characters. It’s an adult epic fantasy but it brings that whimsy of classic fantasy stories, with fauns and nymphs and jinns and magic libraries, but add in some adult steamy romance scenes. It was also a fast read, with short chapters and engaging pacing, so I flew through it.
I also have a Q&A with the author below, so read on!!
No one had come, no one had helped, and in the end she’d had to save herself.
Meet our 4 narrators: Darya, Nurimil, Araceli and Elmira! Look, I have my favourites 👀 but I loved reading from everyone’s perspectives and OH when the stories started tying together and the plot twists hit (um, that one about Elmira’s past!!! I didn’t see that coming.) it was so satisfying seeing how all the POVs wove together.
- Darya: She’s a water nymph and doomed to be a guard to keep sirens safe. She’s just…bored, really. But when she makes a mistake and is forced to fix it by going to shore and finding a cure at the Great Library, she is actually excited for a chance to prove her worth. I liked her chapters! She goes through a harsh time, so you really feel worried for her 😩 but she is unapologetically magical and strong.
- Nurimil: He’s a human bounty hunter with a secret past, who ends up on the run from his Gild. His storyline collides with Darya’s and their relationship develops with a bit of “I-like-her-but-pfft-it’ll-never-work-out-so-shouldn’t-even-try” vibes except 😪👌🏻 they catch FEELINGS.
- Araceli: Okay here is my favourite! I LOVED her storyline and her character arc. She’s a blue faun, timid and lowly, never striving above her station and always anxious of being in trouble. But when she’s forced to care for a magical book, she ends up accidentally summoning a jinn. The JINN. Okay he was hilarious and awful and wonderful and I loved him. I also loved how he demanded Araceli admit she deserved better so he wouldn’t have to live in dank squalor with her 😂 He was sassy and extra and flamboyant (and wicked 😌) so basically their chapters were always a riot. And it’s just nice seeing timid characters realise they deserve better.
- Elmira: I can’t say too much about her because she launches the book with a wild and bloody BANG and develops into our sort of anti-hero / villain that you can’t help but be fascinated by. She doesn’t have many chapters, but she’s the child of a prophecy and is bringing doom. But maybe the world deserves it…
The cast of characters was just diverse and compelling, and switching between them kept the pacing taunt as the answers to your questions are always juuuust out of reach.
She was only a civilian, and not trained in anything other than the ismple art of carrying multiple stacks of books at once.
A fun and fast-paced fantasy, packed with magic and women saving themselves and world-destroying prophecies looming on the horizon.
And be sure to head over to my instagram for the intl giveaway!
Foul magic stirs in the depths of the sea where sirens are ruled by the whims of powerful water nymphs. But when fever sweeps the watery kingdoms, threatening to destroy the race of sirens forever, a new hero must rise.
Darya, a water nymph, is chosen to find a magical remedy to save her people. But the spell for the cure lies ashore in the Great Library of Nomadia. Forsaking the depths, Darya begins a desperate quest to save her home, her people and everything she loves. But her quest goes awry when she is captured by slave traders who bind her magic.
Nurimil is a legendary hunter known for his skills in procuring magical creatures and artifacts. Unfortunately, a bounty is on his head and he’s on the run with a risky plan to secure his own freedom. A plan that becomes twisted once he lays eyes on Darya.
Araceli the Faun works in the capital city of Nomadia as a librarian. When traveling mages leave behind a mysterious tome she becomes obsessed with it. As she unravels the secrets of the book, it shows her how to summon a dark and devious jinn.
As Darya, Nurimil and Araceli wrestle with their own endeavors, they will soon discover they have the potential to sway the fate of Nomadia. For unrest plagues the empire of Nomadia. A darkness rises, fuelled by a cruel sorceress with a hideous desire to throttle magic and rule all races with an iron fist.
Set in an immersive fantasy world with diverse creatures, twisted sorcery, powerful friendships and passionate romance, this series will delight fans of classic epic fantasy including Lord of the Rings, Mercedes Lackey and Ursula K. Le Guin.
Angela J. Ford is a bestselling epic fantasy author who has sold over 30,000 copies and has had over 10 million page reads in Kindle Unlimited. Her books have been ranked bestsellers in multiple categories. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing World of Warcraft with her husband. First and foremost, Angela is a reader and can often be found with her nose in a book. Aside from writing she enjoys the challenge of working with marketing technology and builds websites for authors. Angela is passionate about helping indie authors succeed and runs a community and podcast called Indie Author Lifestyle. If you happen to be in Nashville, you’ll most likely find her at a local coffee shop, enjoying a white chocolate mocha and furiously working on her next book.
Hi Angela! Thanks for chatting with me today about your novel, Treachery of Water! Can you tell us a little about how your book went from seed of an idea to finished novel?
The idea for the story came to me in early 2020. I play a lot of World of Warcraft and decided to write a story about magical creatures that aren’t as popular in epic fantasy. I also wanted to give the villain a voice and a background readers could root for. Finally, my goal was to write a universe I could return to again and again and write other novels in. In between writing other books, I plotted out Treachery of Water, wrote 10,000 words and then left it alone until 2021 when I began to write in earnest. Since the story is told through the eyes of multiple characters, plotting it out helped me determine where each character should arrive at the end of the book and I honestly had too much fun with it. It’s my favorite write of 2021!
The actual writing is my favorite part. When I sit down to write, it’s like going on an adventure and while I have the loose plot in my mind, I never know what the characters will say or do, or what unexpected details will arise. I had several AHA moments while writing Treachery of Water which brought the entire plot together.
Oh I love those “AHA” moments too!! So rewarding. Now Treachery has so many epic and magical creatures and races, including wizards, nymphs, fauns, elfs (and more!!) — which was your favourite to write about?
I loved writing about the nymphs and the fauns. It was a bit of a mind warp to write about creatures so unlike us, and I had to keep in mind the faun has horns on her head and hooves on her feet, the way she moves is not like humans. I adore sea-themed books and while there are several about sirens and more about mermaids, water nymphs aren’t very popular. My goal with this series is to give a voice and perspective to magical creatures who aren’t as popular.
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