Arc Review: A River Enchanted (Elements of Cadence #1) by Rebecca Ross

Title: A River Enchanted (Elements of Cadence #1)
Author: Rebecca Ross
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: February 15th, 2022
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for an earc to review! All opinions are my own.

“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.” (Goodreads)

I don’t even know where to begin with this review because this book had so many elements (no pun intended 😉) that were just perfect in every way and also broke me into tears. It’s a book I know I will remember and one that I need the sequel ASAP!

The book starts out with a young man named Jack being summoned home back to an isle off of the mainland. He has been studying as a bard and is well on his way to being a professor at the university one day. There has been young girls going missing and since the isle is divided between two clans that have a long ongoing feud, Jack is swept back into it all by his childhood rival. Although the book starts off with his point-of-view, the book is told through the eyes of many.

The point-of-views are not separated by chapters but it was easy to understand the switch as there was a break in the text. Life on the isle is different for everyone, including those that remain on the same side and in the same clan. I liked learning more about Sidra, Torin, Adaira, and even the worries of young Frae. Each of these characters, including Jack, are going through something deeper than what is at surface level for those around them to see as well. It brought layers and depth to them which in tern brought their characters to life and made them feel human.

I wouldn’t be able to pick a favorite as each one spoke to me in a different way but Jacks or Sidra definitely take the lead in some ways. The book introduces other characters as well and some we don’t get as much time with as they are introduced later in the book. Since this is going to have a sequel, I am sure I will learn more about the ones I am interested to know more about. After certain plot twists/reveals it’s hard not to want to know more about a select few!

The plot is filled with secrets, marriage, faith, elemental spirits, feuds, and wanting to belong. There is so much packed into this book that it’s hard not to find more than one thing to love about it. It can be a bit slow paced but I enjoyed the journey and learning about their way of life as well as the lore behind the folk.

When it comes to romance, there is an older couple who is learning more about their relationship and the love they have never openly spoken about and a newer couple who is learning what it truly means to love. They both wrecked me and just writing this makes me sad all over again. The newer couple is a fantastic slow burn and I couldn’t help but hold out hope for them.

Overall, this is a beautifully written book and one that I truly adored. I feel like even though I wrote a longer review, there isn’t enough words to describe this book and it’s just one I’m going to shout about forever. So, do yourself a favor and add this to your tbr!


14 thoughts on “Arc Review: A River Enchanted (Elements of Cadence #1) by Rebecca Ross

    1. Thank you! I feel like I didn’t even write enough about it, lol. It’s one of those that is hard to write about because it’s so good.


    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy it! I honestly loved it so much and I can’t wait for everyone to share in the magic. 😍


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