When you think about myths, you might think Greek or Egyptian, but what you don’t usually think of are myths from Slovakia. They have as many enchanting, appealing, and just plain frightening characters. Vodnik by Bryce Moore demonstrates Slovakia’s various myths. The novel grasps readers who relish mystery, action, adventure, and of course, legends.
Tomas (TOE-mas) is a 16 year-old American. You wouldn’t know just by looking at him and his repulsive scar that he grew up in Slovakia. When he was six, something tried to drown him. His parents were so alarmed that they packed up and moved to America. Now Tomas’ house has burned to the ground, so he and his family are forced to move back to Slovakia.. There, Tomas meets Katka, his courageous cousin who helps him settle in. Now a water Vodnik, a fire villa, and even Death herself are after him. Will he and Katka survive these fantasy horrors? Or will his soul become bottled up in an unbreakable teacup by a cruel water Vodnik?
I really enjoyed this book and though some parts were a little bit scary, overall Vodnik really snatches your attention with action and adventure. The novel is 368 pages long with thirty-three chapters. I recommend it to everyone eleven years old and older who enjoy chilling, action-packed books. Vodnik is no doubt for advanced readers, but I think many people will enjoy it.