Silverwolf: Rowankind, Book 2

Jacey Bedford. DAW, $7.99 mass market (432p) ISBN 978-0-7564-1191-6
The second installment of the Rowankind historical fantasy series picks up after the events of 2014’s Winterwood with privateer and witch Rossalinde Sumner now dwelling on land with her shape-shifter lover, Corwen, while magical creatures experience a resurgence after a centuries-long absence. Rossalinde and Corwen’s retirement is interrupted when the Fae Lady of the Forests enlists their help to deal with a rogue kelpie; then Corwen is summoned home after the death of his older brother. Ross and Corwen juggle family drama, their own deepening relationship, and the ever-present threat of the government’s anti-magic forces, the Mysterium, who have taken to imprisoning and exploiting the newly empowered rowankind. Bedford skillfully evokes both the society and the high seas of 1801 England as the story takes her heroes across the British Isles and into the realm of the Fae. She mixes action, intrigue, and romance in a satisfying fantasy-of-manners; Ross and Corwen make a formidable team as they fight monsters and zealots alike. This is a worthy continuation of the series. Agent: Amy Boggs, Donald Maass Literary. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/16/2017
Release date: 01/01/2017
Genre: Fiction
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