My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Disclaimer: I read an Advance copy of this novel, although I think it is now for sale.
I’ve been following Alia’s work for awhile, quietly amazed to watch as an already-strong writer has continued to grow from strength to strength.
I enjoyed Travelers (book 1) and gave it a 4 star rating. Wolfwater takes the same half-wild post apocalyptic world, the same enduring and sweet characters, and wrings misery, reflection, and unrelenting tension out of them. I was sort of afraid that the “island prison” bits would be dull, but far from it. They have a powerful sense of claustrophobia and desperation, and the clash of opposed characters keeps the tension strung high.
I’m glad to see Owl continuing to find herself, and assert herself (it feels like she’s growing into her skin a little more with each novel), and also it’s refreshing to have an SFF book in which almost all the characters are in established adult relationships.