A River Enchanted (Elements of Cadence #1): Review

About the Book:

Title: A River Enchanted 

Author: Rebecca Ross

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Release Date: February 15, 2022

Pages: 476

Genre: Adult Fantasy 

Synopsis:

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. IMG_6177

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.

Review:

5

* I received an e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

A delightful adult debut by Rebecca Ross! A River Enchanted quickly drew me in with its alluring atmosphere and rich prose. A magical and winsome story that I did not want to put down.

Jack Tamerlaine has been on the mainland studying music at the university, and hasn’t set foot on the isle of Cadence in about ten years. When young girls begin disappearing on the isle, Jack is summoned home by the Laird to help the clan find them. Cadence is no ordinary isle, and enchantments run deep. Gossip is carried on the wind, plaid shawls can be as strong as armor, and the smallest cut from a knife can instill unbelievable fear. The spirits that rule the isle are unpredictable and like to meddle in the lives of the humans that live there. Adaira, heiress of the east and Jack’s childhood enemy, hopes that Jack can use his gift of music to call the spirits forth and ask for their help in finding the missing girls.

Jack and Adaira strike a reluctant alliance, but as time passes, they see that they make better allies than rivals as their partnership develops into something more. With each passing song that Jack plays, they find that the trouble with the spirits is far more dire, and that an older and darker secret threatens them all.

This story is told from multiple points of view with Jack and Adaira at the forefront, but Sidra and Torin help bring everything together so beautifully. There’s an unforgettable cast of characters and I felt something for them all.

Please do me a favor and pick up this endearing story which is coming out on Tuesday, February 15th! It will warm your soul on these cold winter days. I can not wait for the sequel, which gives me something to look forward to.

About the Author:

Rebecca Ross writes fantasy novels for teens and adults. She lives in the Appalachian foothills of6nvcov73iutm8og51qhs57v841._SY600_ Northeast Georgia with her husband, their lively Australian Shepherd, and an endless pile of books. THE QUEEN’S RISING, THE QUEEN’S RESISTANCE, SISTERS OF SWORD & SONG, and DREAMS LIE BENEATH are her titles for young adult readers. A RIVER ENCHANTED is her adult fantasy debut, publishing February 15, 2022 with a sequel to follow. When not writing, she can be found reading or in her garden, where she grows wildflowers and story ideas. Find her on Instagram @beccajross or online at www.rebeccarossauthor.com

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