ARC Review: A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross

Happy Tuesday y’all! And happy release day to A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross! So many amazing books came out today and I had a really long list of ones I needed to read, but the only one I actually was able to read was A River Enchanted (and I started it yesterday evening after work and was done by the time I needed to go to bed, so that’s a sign of how much I really enjoyed this book). Thank you so much to Harper Voyager and Netgalley for letting me read this book! I definitely enjoyed the other books I’ve read by Rebecca Ross, so I was expecting to enjoy this one too, but just a heads up, it’s for sure darker than her YA books (which makes sense, since it is an adult fantasy).

A River Enchanted 5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

House of Earth and Blood meets The Witch’s Heart in Rebecca Ross’s brilliant first adult fantasy, set on the magical isle of Cadence where two childhood enemies must team up to discover why girls are going missing from their clan.

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.

I really, really enjoyed reading A River Enchanted. It started out a little boring, I won’t lie, but as soon as Jack is back on the island, things go from meh to great. I liked all of the characters- Jack and Adaira were amazing. Sidra and Torin were probably my favorite characters in the book. I really resonated with them, their problems, and the way that they grew, both individually and together. They were definitely more adult than Jack and Adaira, which makes sense since they were about 7-10 years older than them (I think). I loved the magic system of the island and the feud between the two sides-especially where things look like they’re going to go in book two. The world building was great and I loved the pace of the plot. Something was always happening, but nothing ever happened so fast that you were lost. I always knew where I was and was so excited to go where Rebecca Ross was going to take me next. Overall, this was an outstanding read and I highly recommend it. Go pick it up today!

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