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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Title: The Drowned Woods
Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones
Release Date: August 16th, 2022
Published By: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 352 pages
A magical, ethereal fantasy from Indiebound bestselling author Emily Lloyd-Jones.
Once upon a time, the kingdoms of Wales were rife with magic and conflict, and eighteen-year-old Mererid “Mer” is well-acquainted with both. She is the last living water diviner and has spent years running from the prince who bound her into his service. Under the prince’s orders, she located the wells of his enemies, and he poisoned them without her knowledge, causing hundreds of deaths. After discovering what he had done, Mer went to great lengths to disappear from his reach. Then Mer’s old handler returns with a proposition: use her powers to bring down the very prince that abused them both.
The best way to do that is to destroy the magical well that keeps the prince’s lands safe. With a motley crew of allies, including a fae-cursed young man, the lady of thieves, and a corgi that may or may not be a spy, Mer may finally be able to steal precious freedom and peace for herself. After all, a person with a knife is one thing… but a person with a cause can topple kingdoms.
The Drowned Woods—set in the same world as The Bone Houses but with a whole new, unforgettable cast of characters—is part heist novel, part dark fairy tale.
I have to be honest, I wanted more from this book. This book should have been a slam dunk for me — magic, adventure, folktales, set in the British Isles? I was sold. Now that’s not to say that the book is bad, it was okay, it just left me wanting more. There were things about it I loved and the beginning had a strong start. The Corgi was definitely the star of the show. lol. The narrator was charming and I will certainly listen to more books narrated by her. As I mentioned before the book started out really great and I was excited to see where it would go but it really started to slow down, right around chapter seven. There is a decent payoff in the end but not enough to support the sagging middle. The story and characters did lack a certain depth and attachment to it, and just feels flat. If youre not big on romance, that aspect of this book will not really bother you, as the romance doesn’t particularly feel well thought out/isnt a big aspect of the story. While I dislike the “bury your women” style trope, its your average YA fantasy novel with magic in it. If you’re interested in reading it, I would check it out from the library.
Emily Lloyd-Jones grew up on a vineyard in rural Oregon, where she played in evergreen forests and learned to fear sheep. She has a BA in English from Western Oregon University and a MA in publishing from Rosemont College. She currently resides in Northern California, where she enjoys wandering in redwood forests. Her young adult novels include Illusive, Deceptive, The Hearts We Sold, The Bone Houses, and the forthcoming The Drowned Woods. Her debut middle grade, Unseen Magic, will release in 2022.