Title: A River Enchanted
Series: Elements of Cadence #1
Author: Rebecca Ross
Jack Tamerlaine hasn’t stepped foot on Cadence in ten long years, content to study music at the mainland university. But when young girls start disappearing from the isle, Jack is summoned home to help find them. Enchantments run deep on Cadence: gossip is carried by the wind, plaid shawls can be as strong as armor, and the smallest cut of a knife can instill fathomless fear. The capricious spirits that rule the isle by fire, water, earth, and wind find mirth in the lives of the humans who call the land home. Adaira, heiress of the east and Jack’s childhood enemy, knows the spirits only answer to a bard’s music, and she hopes Jack can draw them forth by song, enticing them to return the missing girls.
As Jack and Adaira reluctantly work together, they find they make better allies than rivals as their partnership turns into something more. But with each passing song, it becomes apparent the trouble with the spirits is far more sinister than they first expected, and an older, darker secret about Cadence lurks beneath the surface, threatening to undo them all.
Jack hasn’t been back to Cadence for 11 years, he never felt like he belonged but he has been summoned as evil is afoot!
Adaira, his childhood adversary is next in line to lead the clan and has irons in lots of fires!
We also have Sidra, a healer and her husband, Torin who is a land guard and the 4 of them have to solve the mystery of the missing girls. I must admit that Sidra and Torin were my faves!
I loved the atmosphere of the story, it was spooky but folky at the same time and had loads of Scottish charm. It’s also one of those books that has lots of possibilities so I had so many questions and theories flying about in my head!
However, whilst I loved the story and the characters, I found it a bit slow on places but that’s my only gripe.
The ending had me gasping with the revelations!