Whispers in the Waters


Ladies don’t shame their families.  

Ladies don’t confront Otherwordly threats.

Ladies certainly don’t admit some taint of the fae has touched their souls—unless they wish to find themselves confined to an Institution.

Gently-bred herbalist Jessa Caldwell is trying to be a lady. She conceals her true nature amongst her plants and her sketches—where she can almost shut out the whispers she alone hears. But a threat to her beloved aunt forces her from the comfort of home to a town perilously near an Otherworldly Crossing, with its ever-present risk of fae incursions.

To protect her aunt and the townsfolk she comes to care for, she must uncover the individual responsible for a series of increasingly dangerous attacks—but to find this saboteur will require embracing the part of herself she fears most, an act that could cost her dearly. In a world where Vigilists lock up fae-touched mortals, Jessa must decide if she’s willing to risk exposing her true nature to obtain the truth and protect those she loves.

Whispers in the Waters, a gaslamp fantasy novella, serves as the prequel to Tattoo of Crimson, the first book in the Blood of the Fae series. If you like quick-minded heroines who solve cases with logic and intuition, beautiful yet deadly fae, and Otherworldly intrigues, then you’ll love this mystery set in a world of manners and mythical monsters.

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4 reviews for Whispers in the Waters

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March 21, 2023

Enjoyed this book a lot! If you like Gail Carriger or Shelley Adina, you’ll like this story. No dirgibles, but great setting, characters and world building. An interesting take on some of the Fae characters with plenty of room to learn more about the magical aspects. Lots of growth to look forward to with the main although she’s already finding her feet in this first novel.

BearMountainBooks (verified owner)
August 16, 2022

Well crafted story; draws you into a world influenced by fae and inhabited by a well rounded cast of interesting characters. Can’t wait to see the story unfold in the next book

Bob (verified owner)
July 26, 2022

Whispers in the Waters is a masterfully spun tale of mystery and intrigue. It is wonderfully written—the suspense of the storyline pulls you in, while the world is so beautifully described that you feel part of it. The ending wraps up the mystery of the novella, yet leaves you on a delightful cliffhanger for Tattoo of Crimson. I’m eagerly awaiting it!!

Emily Miller
July 20, 2022

Very well written, you get a strong sense of wonderful world building setting up for an epic tale! Just enough questions are answered to satisfy, while enough mystery lingers to create anticipation for the full length volume to come. It’s a lovely introduction to Jessa and a good peek at fae in her world. I’m looking forward to more!

Anna Wright