Nila: Water (Book One)
Nila Water, the first book in the series, emerges as a blend of the parallel realities that Seth lives in. Developing a debilitating illness with an excruciating skin condition, he has lived a life of isolation. He escapes to the bedtime stories told by his father, of a beneficent race of Nila, who live on earth and in the oceans. Suffering also the loss of his father, who abruptly disappears from his life, he becomes attracted to his beautiful, tantalizing caretaker, Kate, who shares the house entrusted to him by his father. They mutually agree he should undergo four risky treatments recommended by his doctor, Eshe, to curb his ailing condition.
The questionable intentions of Seth’s powerful father for humans and for Nila are revealed during the course of treatments. Are Seth’s real-life experiences during the treatments actually his new life in the ocean, or a result of the drug being administered? His companion in the journeys becomes a surrogate father as he trains Seth to transform between human and Nila, and to live as Nila under water. Seth’s physical health improves over the course of the treatments, convincing Seth that his experiences are real. However, his fantasies of a peaceful, free life as Nila are quickly shattered as his Nila companion reveals Seth’s destiny as a key participant in their freedom as they struggle to survive the devastation wrought upon the planet by humans, already fatal to Nila existence.
Please read the full Reader's Favorite 5-Star Review by Divine Zape
—This is a beautiful story with powerful lessons for humanity, filled with symbolism...Fans of the movie Avatar will love this narrative. Daniel G Linsteadt’s novel is beautifully written and the prose is exquisitely good, but it is the message that held me spellbound...
Please read the full Red Headed Book Lover 5-Star Review by Aimee Ann
—Nila: Water is quite simply one of the most exciting, incredible, fantasy books I have ever read. Nila: Water has astounded me; I enjoyed every single moment of the book because it was by far a perfect read. The wonderful author of the novel, Daniel G. Linsteadt, is a true literary talent because the author managed to captivate and enthrall from the very beginning. To be honest, a part of me was always going to love this book because I love fantasy, but even if I did not, I would still love this book because it has emotional depth and fantastic writing that will keep the reader happy in bliss!
"What a whirlwind of incredible storytelling that brought me back to my re-introduction to an all encompassing feeling of universal love when I first started freestyle swimming in the mama ocean. I immediately felt my inner child bursting with joy together with an overwhelming feeling of peace much like a warm shawl wrapped around me on a blustery winter evening. Reading Daniel's book, Nila: Water, brought me back to this place where suddenly I did not feel so small and worried. I am meant to be here now and to enjoy every experience. Thank you Daniel, for evoking these feelings once again through your beautiful story of such heart-centered characters. Although there was also a serious note to the threat of the Nila beings, I am optimistic that they will rise above and evolve. I truly believe in the Divine Love within All That Is that connects all beings across the universe. My feeling of faith and endearment for your Nila characters is one of resiliency and compassion as we are all in this together. I look forward to reading the other books in your Nila Series."
– Desiree, Auburn, CA
Nila ~ Air (Book Two): Boredom and heartache force Seth to decipher visions shown by the mysterious Her, which leads to self-discovery that are fraught with danger and gut-wrenching decisions.
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