**Disclaimer: I was given a free ARC in exchange for an honest review from as part of a tour from TBR and Beyond Tours.**
Title The Drowned Woods
Author Emily Lloyd Jones
Release Date August 16, 2022
Date Finished July 3, 2021
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 loved this book. Every. Single. Page. Let me tell you why.
- A majestic corgi who sneezes when near magic.
- A morally grey MC
- Secrets, lies, and intrigue
- Heist story
- LGBTQIA representation
- A world that I’d love to see spin off stories set in.
- Also the perfect stand alone story
I loved The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd Jones so it was really no surprised that I loved The Drowned Woods. The characters, setting, and exquisitely morally grey elements made this story sheer perfection.