A River Enchanted, a review by Cat

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A River Enchanted
Rebecca Ross

Published February 15, 2022
By Harper Voyager
480 Pages

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A River Enchanted was one of my three choices for February’s BOTM. I just finished reading another novel by Rebecca Ross (Dreams Lie Beneath), and since I loved it, I was more than willing to give this new fantasy book a try.

A River Enchanted is a slow-building yet oddly ethereal read. In other words, this book is perfect for fantasy and urban fantasy fans – of any age. There’s a gentle beauty to the writing and world that captivated me, leaving me eager for more.

I know many readers will be quick to label A River Enchanted a Young Adult novel and move on, but having read the book, I don’t think that will be accurate. There’s a nuance to this world that feels uniquely adult while still having approachable themes for younger audiences. It’s a perfect balance.
Something about A River Enchanted felt familiar to me. Familiar in the sense that it felt like I was settling into a childhood book. I can’t quite place my finger on that sensation. The marketing campaign promised a novel that feels like House of Earth and Blood or The Witch’s Heart, but I haven’t read either, so that can’t be it. Regardless, I am very much looking forward to the release of the next novel in the series, A Fire Endless, which thankfully is due to come out at the end of this year.

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