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Troubled waters
Sharon Shinn
Adult Fiction SHINN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Bestseller Shinn (Quatrain) carries readers away into a vivid new fantasy world where the five elements control everyone's lives. Alone and in shock after the death of her father, Zoe Ardelay is invited to the capital to become the king's fifth wife and create a much needed numerological balance both politically and at court, where the four queens vie to promote their children for the role of heir to the throne. Then Zoe learns she is the new "prime of Lalindar clan, which saves her from the marriage, but thrusts her into a world of dangerous political scheming, secret agendas, and an increasingly risky attraction to royal adviser Darien Serlast. This entertaining and suspenseful story is full of lively characters, and the intriguing new system of magic and politics provides plenty of potential for sequels. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

When Zoe Ardelay receives a summons to the palace after the death of her father, a former adviser to the king, she reluctantly complies but finds a way to slip away from her escort, disappearing among the folk who dwell alongside the Ganges River, which runs through the capital city of Chialto. In a world where the five elements-air, fire, earth, water, and wood-govern everyone's lives, Zoe's affinity for water (coru) proves so strong that she is the coru prime, and fated to be one of the kingdom's most powerful people. The author of the "Twelve Houses" novels and Jenna Starborn crafts a new fantasy that is both a stand-alone tale of intrigue and romance as well as an introduction to an exotic new fantasy setting that borrows from Indian culture. VERDICT Filled with vivid details of everyday life, a strong and admirable heroine, and a plot with as many twists and turns as the mighty river that threads through the story, Shinn's latest novel should appeal to her avid readership and to lovers of the genre. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Zoe Ardelay
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Trying to get over the shock of her father's death; forced to go to the capital to become the king's fifth wife; goes into hiding; discovers she is a coru prime ruled by the elemental sign of water; saved from being married to the king, but is now thrust into a world of power.



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