Thank you to Laura for this gifted ARC in return for a review ♡
About the book
Rowenna Winthrop has always known there’s magic within her. But though she hears voices on the wind and possesses unusual talents, her mother Mairead believes Rowenna lacks discipline, and refuses to teach her the craft that keeps their Scottish village safe. And when Mairead dies a sinister death, it seems Rowenna’s only chance to grow into her power has died with her. Then, on a fateful, storm-tossed night, Rowenna rescues a handsome stranger named Gawen from a shipwreck, and her mother miraculously returns from the dead. Or so it appears.
This retelling is unlike anything I’ve read before. Finally, the heroine is not a princess or a chosen one (well, not exactly) but an outcast herself. After losing her mother, Rowenna is a lost soul with a dark secret and an unpracticed power.
I loved that she wasn’t good, but not evil either. Rowenna is sharp and salty, with a firm will and a lot of courage and she certainly made for interesting reading.
I loved how she viewed hardship, how her “I made my bed, now I lie in it” mentality took her through the story. Rowenna was definitely a strong centre to the book and wasn’t overshadowed by love interests or other lead characters which makes a nice change.
Weymouth’s writing is brutaly honest, and she doesn’t coddle her readers. Each death and disaster is told with clarity and not dressed up or softened. Weymouth is clear in what she wants you to feel, and feel you do. I’m definitely a fan of her work for making me feel many emotions, mostly at the same time!
There are some shocks, though not outlandish, that tie in perfectly and the pacing is on point with every event. If this book was a meal, it would be a five course masterpiece with cherries on the top.