Come Hell or High Water, Part 1: Wellspring by Stephen Morris

Magdalena was excited at the opportunity to have her cards read while visiting New York in 2002, but was pleasantly surprised when the reader used an old Bohemian form with which to lay out the cards. Feeling that the reading was exact, Magdalena returned home to Prague, where she looked for the right event that would set her reading in motion. She found it late one night walking by the river, which looked suspiciously like one of the scenes from the Tarot cards used during her reading. As she waited, a small boat rowed up to her, carrying two women; one was the troll, who guarded the river and bridge, and the other, named Fen’ka, had been burned as a witch in 1365, and she begged Magdalena’s help to clear her name.

Magdalena eagerly begins her search, asking her employer, a professor of folk tales, for help, and manages to gain a new opportunity in helping him set up a conference on evil and monsters. Believing that two of the conference participants would be helpful to her in clearing Fen’ka’s name, she remains very involved in the conference, just waiting for her aides to reveal themselves.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I loved the way the story shifted easily from 1365 to 2002, and I appreciated Magdalena’s determination to help Fen’ka clear her name. I could relate to Magdalena’s day-to-day life, and her desire to find something different and exciting rather than the same old daily routine. Do not let the length of the book scare you; it is a fascinating read. I can hardly wait for the remainder of the trilogy.

Book stats:

  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Stephen Morris (June 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984773126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984773121

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Books in the Come Hell or High Water series in the order they should be read:
Come Hell or High Water, Part 1: Wellspring
Come Hell or High Water, Part 2: Rising

Magdalena was excited at the opportunity to have her cards read while visiting New York in 2002, but was pleasantly surprised when the reader used an old Bohemian form with which to lay out the cards. Feeling that the reading was exact, Magdalena returned home to Prague, where she looked for the right event that …

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About Mary

My name is Mary, and I’m a serious book junkie, with a large personal collection of reading material. I’m fascinated by ghosts, the paranormal, and true crime stories. I love discovering the possibilities in the next world and am curious about the reasons people do what they do in this one. I’ve been reading since the age of 3, and always have a book or two or three going. I’m an elementary school substitute teacher, and I always have a book or two in my “bag of tricks”. My new favorite is “Frog in a Bog”. My husband and daughter do not share my passion for books, and secretly think I’ve gone over the top with my collecting and reading habits, but I firmly believe there are worse habits I could have!

2 comments

  1. Victoria Bennett-Kante

    I completely agree! The characters come together in unexpected ways. Magdalena seems to be an innocent but reveals there is much more to her. The priests and others who attend the conference are more complex than you first think and as the book unravels you find yourself caught up with them in the middle of Prague, waiting for the next sighting. I found myself reading at every free moment and can’t wait to get Part 2 this weekend!

  2. Sounds pretty interesting. I checked it out on amazon and saw good reviews there too. I’ll have to be looking into this one.

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