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Rebecca Ross

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Divine Rivals (2023) 1,981 kappaletta
A River Enchanted (2022) 1,200 kappaletta
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Sisters of Sword and Song (2020) 400 kappaletta
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Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Suzie Townsend



The hype is well deserved for “Divine Rivals.” It has vintage vibes, grounded fantasy setting inspired by history, and dramatic romance.

Iris Winnow and Roman Kitt are rival journalists for the same paper in a fantasy world inspired by the WWI/WWII era. Iris’s brother is missing at the frontlines and Iris writes letters to him and slips them under her wardrobe door. Unknown to her, the letters are being transported to Roman Kitt. One day Roman writes back, knowing exactly who is on the other side, and the two begin to rely on each other’s letters. Similar to “The Shop Around the Corner” and “You’ve Got Mail,” love begins to bloom through the written typed word, while rivalry continues face-to-face because Iris doesn’t know the identity of the mysterious writer.


There’s also a war going on were gods that have awakened are creating havoc in the human world, calling soldiers up to fight for their side. As reporters, the characters witness the horrors of war and search to put the pieces together about how it all began. There’s so much in this book that is progressively revealed, which means there isn’t an annoying info dump at the beginning, and I don’t want to give anything away.

Honestly, the summary did not appeal to me, but for some reason I checked it out… three times! Third time's the charm because I finally read it, and as soon as I finished it I went out and bought a copy. “Divine Rivals” is one of my favorite books of 2023.
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caaleros | 56 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 17, 2024 |
Series Info/Source: This is the second book in the Letters of Enchantment duology. I borrowed this on ebook through Kindle Unlimited.

Thoughts: This is the second, and final, book in the Letters of Enchantment duology. This started out very slow but got better as the book continued.

The book starts a couple weeks after Winnow is rescued by her brother and returned home and Roman disappears from the battle front. We quickly find that Winnow is being asked to go back out to the war front and that Roman has been healed and captured by Dacre, who wants Roman to represent Dacre's side of the story through press releases. Roman has lost his memory but then strange letters start appearing in his wardrobe again.

This started sluggish and reminds you of the first book a lot. We have two characters, who don't know each other (or at least Roman doesn't know he knows Winnow) communicating through a magical typewriter. This felt repetitive and I honestly hate it when authors use memory loss as a plot device.

The story got more intriguing as it progressed. I enjoyed learning more about the gods and their powers. We get to see a lot more of Dacre and his armies in this book than we did in the first book. Watching Roman and Winnow eventually team back up again was fun, but felt a bit like you were re-reading the first book again. I do continue to enjoy this fantasy World War One like world; it is well built and unique.

This was well written and easy to read. As mentioned above, the pacing was off throughout the story.

My Summary (4/5): Overall I ended up liking this even though it had a slow start. This does a good job tying up the series and I enjoyed learning more about the gods and their powers. I was disappointed with memory loss being used as a plot device in the beginning...I just think this is a trope that has been so over done. I loved the world here and was very engaged by the complex and lifelike characters as well. I plan on reading more of Ross's books in the future.
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krau0098 | 16 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 16, 2024 |
The gods Dacre and Enva are at war, and Iris Winnow's brother, Forest, has gone off to fight. In their town, however, they are largely untouched by the war and the newspaper where Iris works doesn't like to cover it. She misses her brother and her mother lost her job drinking, so getting the columnist job that she and Roman Kitt are rivals for is of paramount importance. Meanwhile, she writes letters to her brother on her Nan's old typewriter, sticking them into the wardrobe where they disappear. And then one day, Iris gets a letter back - and the letter writer isn't Forest.

An enemies-to-lovers fantasy romance that's been getting a lot of hype. It was fun to see Roman and Iris's friendship develop over their correspondence (we're told pretty early on who the other letter writer is), though it is a little You've Got Mail where one party knows and the other doesn't. As Iris continues her reporting, we get more details of the war throughout as well, and stories of the gods. I did think that for a slow burn there were still some decisions that felt abrupt, and while I expected a cliffhanger from a first book of a duology, I was a little annoyed by the ending.
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bell7 | 56 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 14, 2024 |
Representation: N/A
Trigger warnings: Military violence and war themes, explosions, blood, grief and loss depiction, death of a sister in the past in a body of water and a mother, physical injury, conscription, hospitalisation, panic attack
Score: Six out of ten.
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Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross was overhyped. So overhyped. I wanted to read this one ever since it won an award for the Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction book in 2023. No library had it at the time so I had to buy it. I glanced at the blurb, making it seem intriguing, but when I closed the final page, I thought it was only okay.

It starts with Iris Winnow and Roman Kitt, living their separate lives amid a war between two all powerful beings, with Iris sending letters to her missing brother while working as a reporter at a news company. Unexpectedly, Roman, intercepts those letters, which is eventually the start of a relationship between the two, even though he was Iris' rival. The story promised an enemies-to-lovers romance set in a historical urban fantasy setting akin to World War One, but it felt more like a typical romance. Divine Rivals tried to do too much, detracting its plot with so many subplots I didn't know what it was about. Focusing on one storyline would've improved the reading experience.

Roman wasn't a rival nor an enemy, nor did he have any grudges with Iris, making the blurb slightly misleading. The characters are okay, but lack depth, and I didn't feel like Roman and Iris had any chemistry and the relationship felt shoehorned, not genuine. If Ross wrote more depth into them, she'd convince me that the two central characters have chemistry. I prefer to read fantasies with little to no romance and not a romantasy, which may explain why the worldbuilding felt like a wasted opportunity. The fantastical aspects were barely there, and how could Roman and Iris live like the war doesn't exist? Plot armour? Perhaps. Expanding the world would've made me enjoy Divine Rivals more. The conclusion is abrupt, leaving me hoping the next and final instalment, Ruthless Vows, will be better.
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Law_Books600 | 56 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 13, 2024 |



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