Water & Storm Country (Country Saga #3) – David Estes
I’ve slowly been making my way through this series, one book every so many months. The going is slow, not because I don’t love the series, but because I’m not really a series girl. I like standalone stories, or books that are connected, but can still stand on their own. That being said, I still read book series, I’m just more picky.
One aspect I appreciate greatly, is that while these are series stories and they are all connected by characters and overarching story-lines, they are independent. You could read one without the other and still enjoy the story. However, having read the previous two is highly recommended.
Estes is a writer I randomly stumbled upon. I believe he was a recommended Amazon author one random day. I started this saga three books ago and I am still going strong. His characters are well crafted with tons of personality. If you love a strong female protagonist, these are the books for you. Every one of the books has a central female character that kicks butt. He’s a good writer with a fascinating world, where climates are a part of the characterization. The third installment of this series was just as entertaining as the last and I keep chugging on.
Synopsis: Huck Jones, the son of the admiral of the Soaker fleet, has a legacy to live up to. Haunted by the distorted memories of his mother’s untimely death, he must face his demons and the man who raised him as he strives to take the courageous step forward into manhood. When he’s transferred to the worst-performing ship in the fleet, everything he believes is called into question when he meets a lowly brown-skinned bilge rat girl. Huck walks a deadly rope…
Meanwhile, Sadie, destined to be a Rider in the Stormer army, seeks to avenge her brother’s death at the hands of the Soakers. Trained hard by her mother, an experienced Rider, Sadie knows strength and determination more than most. Her father, a Man of Wisdom, has shown his cowardice more times than she can count. As her world and family fall apart, she must cast aside her anger and focus on the wisdom she’s always brushed off as foolishness.
Amidst everything, a Plague ravages all, discriminating against no one.
When four worlds collide, lines will be drawn, sides will be chosen, victory will be sought. Death will be wrought. The mysteries of the Cure for the deadly Plague will be uncovered. Who will survive? And what will those who do learn about themselves and the ones they love?