ARC, Book Review

The Wolf and the Water by Josie Jaffrey

Firstly, huge thank you to Josie for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I had seen a few people on Twitter talk about Jaffrey’s work recently and I was very excited to see that a new book (and the start of a new series) was being released this year. I was even more excited when I saw that there were ARC’s left to request, I didn’t waste any time in submitting my request and was thrilled that I managed to snag a copy!

The Wolf and the Water is a fantasy novel which draws on ancient Greek culture where our protagonist’s, Kala, world is turned upside down when her father dies in suspicious circumstances. Although her mother is forced to remarry straight away, this doesn’t deter Kala from trying to learn the truth about what happened and wanting to escape her life there. However, there is a bigger disaster looming, one that will have horrific consequences for the city but should Kala jeopadise her own escape by telling everyone the truth? 

I really loved Kala, I thought she was a great protagonist. Despite everyone looking down on her because she needs to walk with a cane, and there are rumours of a more than friends relationship she has with her faithful aid Melissa, she doesn’t let this stand in her way as she tries to find out the truth regarding her father’s death. I also loved her step-brother, Leon. Although he has an awful father who beats him, as well as the slaves of the house, and will do anything for power, Leon does everything he can to ensure that he is nothing like his father. He is incredibly kind and really cares for his not sister Kala and his actual sister, Lali. All of the characters were great, even the ones you’re meant to hate, as they were written very well with an interesting depth to them. 

You’re thrown into the plot right away with Kala finding her mother, clearly disturbed by events, who informs her that her beloved father is dead. I thought the pacing was really well done for the most part, although there were a couple of instances where something seemed a little rushed. Without any spoilers, there was a scene towards the end of the novel that seemed very significant but was then quickly brushed over, only for it to come up briefly at the end. As the entire novel is from Kala’s perspective, this really helps when there are some twists in the novel as you don’t expect them at all. There were two reveals in particular that were jaw dropping for me. I also liked how the way romance was written in the novel as, although important to some of the characters, the novel didn’t revolve around it as some YA fiction does.

Something else I wanted to highlight about this novel, as I know a lot of people would appreciate it, is the fact that the novel contains a list of content warnings at the back (and there is a note at the beginning of the novel informing the reader of this too). I think this might be the first novel I’ve read where this was the case which I thought was really neat!

Overall, I definitely will be checking out the next novel in the Deluge series as the ending promises for many more interesting things to come Kala’s way which I want to experience with her! For any YA fantasy lovers out there, I highly recommend this indie title!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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