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Book review: The Wolf and the Water by Josie Jaffrey (ARC)

Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Title: The Wolf and the Water (Deluge, #1)

Author: Josie Jaffrey

Purchase: Amazon

Expected publication: October 8th


Some secrets are worth killing for

The ancient city of Kepos sits in an isolated valley, cut off from the outside world by a towering wall. Behind it, the souls of the dead clamour for release. Or so the priesthood says.
Kala has never had any reason to doubt their word – until her father dies in suspicious circumstances that implicate the city’s high priest. She’s determined to investigate, but she has a more immediate problem: the laws of the city require her mother to remarry straight away.
Kala’s new stepfather is a monster, but his son Leon is something altogether more dangerous: kind.
With her family fractured and the investigation putting her life in danger, the last thing Kala needs is romance. She would rather ignore Leon entirely, however difficult he makes it. But when she learns the truth of what really clamours behind the wall at the end of the valley, she faces a choice: share what she knows and jeopardise her escape, or abandon him to his fate along with the rest of the city.
If she doesn’t move fast, then no one will make it out of the valley alive.

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

When this came into my mail I couldn’t help but instantly be drawn to it because of it’s very interesting cover. To be honest, when I first saw it I thought this was about mermaids (which would also be awesome), but it turned out to be something completely different. I still loved it though and here are my thoughts on it.

The book tells a story of a girl named Kala who lives in the ancient city of Kepos. After her father’s mysterious death she realizes the big secret that was kept from everyone in Kepos: there is a whole other world beyond the walls of the city and the water is coming. So in order to protect her life from her new evil stepfather and everyone else around her she must betray everyone and escape the city. Only it’s not as easy as it sounds.

The book is based on Kepos mythology. There are 10 families in Kepos and they are basically the aristocracy (some on higher levels than the others). And each chapter starts with the myth of Kepos formation which to me is like a mixture between Roman mythology and The Book of Genesis. I personally love mythology and I loved how that aspect was delivered to us.

The author herself said this was based off of the ancient island of Atlantis that was also destroyed and wiped out from the face of Earth. I’ve never read books about Atlantis (or similar to it) so this was a breath of fresh air and definitely something I want to read more of.

I would put this in a historical fiction genre with a bit of romance. Personally, romance was cute and everything but I was more into drama and history aspect of it. I love Kala and how her character developed from this weak girl to a strong person who fights for herself and everyone she loves.

I like how diverse this author is because in all her books there are characters of every shape, size, color, sexuality and class. The main character is bi (even though the city laws don’t allow it), and is in a relationship with her maid who already has a child of her own. That is the type of quality content and diversity I want in books by other authors as well.

I liked the main character Kala, but I just adore her new stepbrother Leon. Although he was raised by a cruel father he is so sweet and kind. Their relationship was so cute, and even though both of them have issues they are so good for each other.

If you like historical romance, amazing historical world settings and intrigue this is just the book for you. I love it and can’t wait to read the next one!

Happy reading!

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