Hello everyone! We are so delighted to be a part of the blog tour for the newly released“The Drowned Woods” by Emily Lloyd-Jones. I actually have a hard copy of this book, courtesy of Illumicrate! Btw be on the lookout for the July’s unboxing coming shortly!
Also we have Olga once again guest-reviewing with us!
Published on August 16, 2022 provided by Netgalley, TBR&Beyond
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Historical, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Wizards & Witches, Young Adult Fiction / LGBTQ
This book was received for free from Netgalley, TBR&Beyond in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of this review.We'd like to thank the publishers and Netgalley, TBR&Beyond for the review copy.
❧ Bookish Coven Rating
It was that day the girl learned that water could save a life— or take it. It was a lesson she wouldn’t forget”.
I loved getting lost in“The Drowned Woods” by Emily Lloyd-Jones. I haven’t read any of her other books but this book definitely puts her work higher on my TBR.
Emily created a very intricate world and filled it with great characters. It was such an enjoyable read!! It reminded me a bit of the first book in The Black Magician series by Trudi Canavan, when we are first introduced to Mer and Renfrew, the spymaster who brought her to the cruel prince who used them both. A team of misfits is formed with a seemingly impossible job. Add a corgi to the mix and you have a tale so unexpectedly good, it will grip you from page one.
A person with a knife was one thing. A person with a knife and a cause could topple kingdoms”.
“The Drowned Woods” by Emily Lloyd-Jones is a whimsical fairytale with the found family trope. Mer found out she had magic inside her when she was really young and her parents gave her to the prince’s spymaster. She was water diviner. And a very special and powerful one.
Once she escaped from the evil prince and spymaster, she was free to go wherever she wanted. Until Renfrew, the spymaster found her with an interesting proposition in mind.
This book was an excellent standalone that you must read. Emily Lloyd Jones is a fantastic writer. The plot she writes is so much fun without being tiring at all. It has mythical creatures, a very well written magic system and characters you want to either kill, fall for, or be friends with.
The characters of this book were very relatable. We had the scholar, the thief, the magician, the spymaster, the “muscle” and…the corgi. Yeah, you heard it right. Fane, who was the “muscle” and reminded me a lot Finn from Disney’s Tangled had Trefor, the smart corgi. I mean you just have to love a corgi, am I right?
The story I believed was inspired from celtic mythology and boy, didn’t we figured it out? I mean it had names even Scots can’t pronounce. Also Mer, her full name was Mererid, reminded me a lot Merida from Disney’s Brave. Coincidence?
They were family, even if they didn’t share blood”.
Renfrew took Mer from her parents, when she was very little. Renfrew became in a sort of way, the brother, father, uncle, friend she was deprived of. Yeah, they had their differences but in the whole book we bear witness to their mutual respect. She would be bitter and upset, but alas, it wouldn’t last.
The best monsters were the kind that could walk openly in daylight”.
Mer wasn’t unafraid. She was fierce though in an unexpected way. I mean, yeah, when you have that kind of magic in you, you should be afraid. But she learned in the hard way that monsters are everywhere, even in pure daylight.
Some instincts never left a person. And neither did some fears”.
The fears we each have, are very real. We should learn to respect them, appreciate them, and never underestimate them. That goes as well for instincts.
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