I was lucky enough to receive a paperback ARC from the publisher, and I’ve been so excited for this book that I dove in immediately. You could feel Jack’s pain in feeling like an outcast. His love-hate relationship with Adaira leaped off the page. Yet, even with his feelings of division, you could tell there was something deeper between them. With the magic of the island and the riff that tears the two sides apart, Ross has written a magical, heart-rendering tale that hooks the reader from the very start.
I loved the characters, the richness of day-to-day life, and the storyline. The magical elements and the dangers they bring are so creative. With folklore infused, this elevates an already magical read. It was hard to put this book down at the end of the day, and I’m afraid that book two cannot come soon enough. Thank you, William Morrow, for sending this along!
About the Book:
Jack Tamerlaine hasn’t stepped foot on Cadence in ten long years, content to study music at the mainland university. But when young girls start disappearing from the isle, Jack is summoned home to help find them. Enchantments run deep on Cadence: gossip is carried by the wind, plaid shawls can be as strong as armor, and the smallest cut of a knife can instill fathomless fear. The capricious spirits that rule the isle by fire, water, earth, and wind find mirth in the lives of the humans who call the land home. Adaira, heiress of the east and Jack’s childhood enemy, knows the spirits only answer to a bard’s music, and she hopes Jack can draw them forth by song, enticing them to return the missing girls.
As Jack and Adaira reluctantly work together, they find they make better allies than rivals as their partnership turns into something more. But with each passing song, it becomes apparent the trouble with the spirits is far more sinister than they first expected, and an older, darker secret about Cadence lurks beneath the surface, threatening to undo them all.
With unforgettable characters, a fast-paced plot, and compelling world building, A River Enchanted is a stirring story of duty, love, and the power of true partnership, and marks Rebecca Ross’s brilliant entry on the adult fantasy stage.