Sunday, January 28, 2018

Review: The River Witch

36591394 The River Witch by Helena Rookwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Kingdom of Faerie has been sleeping for centuries, through the ages of iron and metal and glass. But now technology has failed, the digital world is over and, finally, something has disturbed the fae from slumber…

Or should I say someone?

Tabitha didn’t mean to start it all. She didn’t know what it was that she interrupted when she stumbled across the ritual in the woods. But that night everyone felt something shift, when she unleashed a force so powerful that it echoed across worlds…

Now the little folk have begun wreaking havoc, something old and terrible has woken up in the river, and a mysterious thief has come looking for Tabitha. Forced to leave her village in search of the fabled Iron City, home to the only humans who still have any memory of the fae, Tabitha’s only guide to this strange new world is A Compendium of Faerie, a book of fairytales left to her by her mother.

Will a simple book of stories be enough to defend Tabitha against this new world of magic?

The River Witch is the first in a new fairytale-inspired fantasy series set in post-technology Britain. Faerie is waking up again – don't miss it when it does.

*I won an ecopy on LibraryThing for review. This does not affect my review.*

I really liked the tone and writing style of this one! It reminded my of the old fairy tales and wives tales I have heard. But it was also a breath of fresh air, and something new. I enjoyed Tabitha and Lysander, and though I didn't see much of her, I also enjoyed Moll.

I love all the fae creatures Tab encounters, and though her naivete tends to get her into trouble, I like that I can see her slowly coming to understand as her journey continues that not all strangers are nice. That said, I'm hoping she finds some friends she can trust as her journey continues.

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