Thanks to the publisher for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
There are times that I sped through the pages of Rebecca Ross’s A River Enchanted, riveted to the page. There are other times, like in some sections focusing on the two main characters, when I lost some of that urgency & wanted to return to other characters’s stories.
At the beginning of the fantasy Jack Tamerlaine, a bard, is returning to the isle called Cadence after being summoned by his laird. He hasn’t been back for ten years & he’s felt isolated from that community & his own mother for nearly that long.
Cadence is a place where magic exists. Where the spirits can be malevolent or benevolent. & where the geographic space is split between two feuding peoples.
Jack’s childhood enemy Adaira informs him of the reason for his return: young girls are disappearing & she thinks he can help with his music.
There are aspects to Jack & Adaira’s relationship—like their moments of play—that pull me in, but on the whole I wanted more communication & less stiffness between them. Or at the very least for it to have been explained more convincingly for me.
More emotionally effective for me is the relationship between married for convenience couple Sidra & Torin.
The world Ross creates is by turns frightening & lovely, & always intricate. The fantasy aspect is where the book shines for me; the romance less so.
Notes about the book: this does not end in a HEA or HFN but another book is coming.
4 ⭐️. Release date: 02/15.
Give me that HEA, please.
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