…the novel is well written. Both its dialogue and its descriptions serve to advance the plot and deepen complex characters. Its use of first person perspective to introduce [the main characters], serves the tale well.

…the strong dialogue helps flesh out the motivations of the characters who don’t always seem to act thoughtfully. Characters are believably crafted, as they make difficult choices in the challenging context of the war. Their histories also help explain later actions that perpetrate their trial long after war’s end. [Of Water and Blood] is a hopeful generational family saga that deals with the ethical challenges of war and the everyday challenges of life for those fortunate enough to survive it.