“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” –Jacques Cousteau
Enchanted Waters is a lovely collection of fantasy stories by eight different authors. Each tale dives into the magic of water, but not always in ways the reader would expect. Instead of taking place entirely under the sea, the book ranges from arctic oceans to the rivers of India to the marshlands of fairy-tale realms. Readers will encounter well-known mythical creatures, like kelpies and mermaids, as well as lesser-known figures, such as the Asrai of English folklore. The result is a wholly unique collection, spanning across cultures.
These short stories are all clean fiction, suitable for teens and adults alike. Spooky encounters come alongside daring adventures, so there’s something for all fantasy fans. Along with being a (mostly) light-hearted read, this book also touches on important themes. One story emphasizes the necessity of forgiveness. Another shows the power of fresh starts. Hope, love, and beauty ripple through the pages as characters find redemption and healing.
This well-rounded anthology offers a relaxing summer read, perfect for a rainy day. Whimsical illustrations rest between stories and chapters. Colorful characters invite your mind to dive into enchanted worlds. It’s an anthology that lets the imagination roam and soar (er, swim).
As an extra incentive to check it out, this anthology supports a good cause. All proceeds from the book go to help the Oceana charity. This charity focuses on protecting the world’s oceans and promoting sustainable fishing. A fitting cause for a water-themed book.
I’d give this collection a solid four out of five seashells. It’s a cozy book that beautifully represents the enchanting power of water.
(If you’re interested in reading it, you can find the book on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions.)