5 Things About Waer by Meg Caddy

April 20, 2016 Review 18 ★★★★

5 Things About Waer by Meg Caddy
Waer by Meg Caddy
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Publisher: Text Publishing
Source: Publisher
Pages: 310
Release Date: March 1st, 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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When Lowell Sencha finds the strange girl lying as if dead on the riverbank, he is startled to find that she is like them: waer. Human, but able to assume the form of a wolf. The Sencha family’s small community has kept itself sequestered and unnoticed, free from persecution. The arrival of a fellow traveller, and a hunted one at that, threatens their very survival.

Sure enough, the soldiers of the blood-purist Daeman Leldh soon descend on the village searching for her, burning and slaughtering. Lowell and the mysterious stranger are among the few to escape. And now they must find their way to the city of Luthan where, she says, they will find people to help them bring down Daeman Leldh.

If she can persuade them not to kill her.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Fantastic debut!

There is a fear when you start a debut novel that the writing will be subpar or struggle to pull off the premise of the novel due to inexperience. WAER did not have this problem. At all. Every element of the story was constructed well and it reads like some of my fantasy series I’ve been following for years. Nothing confused me and I was more than happy to sit there and enjoy the ride. It even managed to shock me a few times (which twists I really should have seen coming but didn’t because I was too busy enjoying it). I don’t think I can find one element to criticise!

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Fascinating characters

Oh my god the characters! I loved every single one of them so much, and I loved them a lot very quickly. The reasons I loved them were the same as usual: they’re strong, determined, and grow so much over the course of the novel. Each character have their own struggles and drives and are incredibly unique, even the side characters. My favourite is Lycaea, which should be no surprise. She’s angry, and troubled, and strong, and determined. The other main character, Lowell, was precious. Everyone needs to be more like Lowell, so kind and compassionate.

Dual Narration

WAER is narrated in alternating first person POVs from Lowell and Lycaea, with the occasional third person part from someone called Kaebha. The voices of both characters were easy to read and what surprised me was that, despite the character names at the top of the chapter, it was so easy to tell the two apart. As soon as I switched to Lycaea’s first part she developed a different voice in my head. Her voice was so distinct to Lowell’s. I enjoyed them both immensely.

I put off study to finish it

This book does not let you go once you start. I was enjoying it from the very beginning and with that fast pace I never wanted to put it down. Every reading opportunity to read was snagged so I could progress through this story and see more of the characters (this almost led to me leaving this book in a lecture theatre. The horror!) When I got to the last 100 pages when the action started I couldn’t help but abandon study just to get to the end.

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It’s a standalone

Yes, it’s the rare fantasy standalone! And one that wraps up brilliantly in only 300 pages. Who even knew that was something that could be achieved? Every question is answered and you’re not left hanging. The story is very self contained and delivers exactly the right amount of information you need to understand the world and character pasts, not too much or too little. It’s perfectly balanced and very well constructed.

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WAER is the first story I’ve read featuring werewolves in a long time and I loved it. Incredibly addictive and fast paced with some amazing characters. If Meg Caddy’s future books are as good as this debut I may have to add a new favourite author to the list!

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Overall: 4.3

18 Responses to “5 Things About Waer by Meg Caddy”

  1. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Yours is the second GLOWING review I’ve read for Waer Bec, and if it wasn’t already on my tbr shelf, I’d add it right this second. There’s nothing better than a book that consumes you so entirely. And a standalone in fantasy – like, how rare is that?! Can’t wait to fall right into this one :D
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  2. Kelly

    Sadly, I was in the minority who couldn’t get into this one, not by any fault of the author of course, but I struggle with a lot of fantasy titles in general unfortunately. What did keep me reading was the writing. It was so lovely and really vivid. The talent of our debt authors lately is incredible isn’t it. So glad you enjoyed this one Bec, fabulous review! <3
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    • Bec

      We all have different tastes in books, and if you’re not a fantasy fan I can see how you could struggle with it :(

      Thanks!

  3. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    Oh, wow! I’ve seen quite a lot of love for this book around the Aussie blogosphere lately, and I have to say I am quite interested. It’s been AGES since I read a book about werewolves, as well, and it sounds like this one does the creature justice.

    I really love it when alternating points of view are easily distinguished. I really loathe it when I’m reading dual POV and I have no idea which character I’m reading about D:

    I hope you love the author’s next book as much as this one, Bec!
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