Part Quest, Part Fairy Tale, and Completely Captivating!


Thanks to Mr. Wilfer and her own keen (magical skill), Lottie was able to heal her best friend Eliot. While Lottie was able to return to New Kimble to heal him, she has a responsibility to Limn, where she has discovered her magic and her heritage as a Fiske. With some convincing, Eliot's father lets him join Lottie in Wisp Territory. For several weeks, life is fairly routine ... until Trouble (her genga) drops a key in her pocket and her nightmares return. When Fife's uncle, Lyre (aka "the Tailor"), returns, they are certain that can't be good news, either.

Without addersfork, the plague will wipe out the Northerlies. The only thing more valuable than addersfork is Lottie. With that information, Lyre overturns his sister's decision and will no longer protect Lottie, Oliver, or Adelaide, all wanted by the Southerly Court. Lottie and her group have no choice but to agree to the request to travel North to the court of Rebel Gem. It is going to be a treacherous, dangerous trek ... and what sources of evil await them in this unknown territory?

BTSYA / Teen Reader:
This book should please the readers who have read The Water and the Wild. Although the book doesn't reveal as much detail about Lottie and her friends, the cast of characters are interesting, and there are plenty of plot twists. Moreover, this book ends with a cliffhanger, keeping readers hooked, ready to read the next book.

Parent Perspective:

As much as I loved The Water and the Wild, I think I like the second book more. The author does a great job adding more to the backstory of the main characters, not just Lottie, but Fife, Adelaide, and Oliver, too. Watching frenemies become friends, almost sisters is as much fun as the adventure. Readers who like strong (and flawed) female characters, will find three great ones in Lottie, Adelaide, and Rebel Gem.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Wow! This is a fast, action-packed ride. It doesn't only pick up where The Water and the Wild left off, it picks up the pace of adventure, too.

Content Awareness Factors:

There is some mild violence, on par with classic fairy tale stories.

Type of Book:
Sequel to The Water and the Wild.
Educational Themes:

Enjoy this for the fun adventure. It is largely a good v. evil story, but not all of them are black and white. Without giving anything away, Lottie's relationship with Eliot offers interesting questions about choices, inclusion, fairness, and even selfishness. Oliver's special gift harms others. What does he miss by shielding himself from others. Do you see any parallels with any characters and Harry Potter and his friends? 

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 14
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a fun adventure for the whole family. Read aloud together, then let your pre-teen enjoy on their own.

Title The Doorway and the Deep

Water and the Wild, Book 2

Author K. E. Ormsbee
Publisher Chronicle Books © 2016
ISBN 9781452136363
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
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