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A sparkling debut fantasy with Celtic tones set on the magical isle of Cadence where two childhood enemies must team up to discover why girls are going missing from their clan. 

Enchantments run deep on the magical Isle of Cadence. 

The capricious spirits that live there find mirth in the lives of the humans who call the land home, but that mischief turns to malevolence as girls begin to go missing.

Adaira, heiress of the east, knows the spirits only answer to a bard’s music, enticing them to return the missing girls. But there’s only one bard capable of drawing the spirits forth by song: her childhood enemy, Jack Tamerlaine.

He hasn’t stepped foot on Cadence in ten long years, content to study music at the Mainland university. But as Jack and Adaira reluctantly work together it becomes apparent the trouble with the spirits is far more sinister than first thought and an older, darker secret lurks beneath the surface, threatening to undo them all.

©2022 Rebecca Ross (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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The language of this story is top quality, although the pacing is somewhat affected by the languid narration. It also contains some beautiful depictions of love, which I usually roll my eyes at. All in all, a wonderful, mystic experience.

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Story with a potential

"Hero returns to hometown to solve mystery" kind of story but in fantasy setting.
I cannot say it didn't keep my attention, but the ending felt somewhat anticlimactic. I understand it's a series, but I was surprised when the book ended. The pacing could've been done better. I guess it applies to the whole book. Multiple POVs felt out of balance sometimes.
But I liked the story itself. It has the potential to unravel interestingly in the next installment.
I just wish there was more world building. I had trouble imaging surroundings with a few different ideas clashing in my mind. Clan having castle? I don't mind filling gaps for authors, but when the convention is broken, I expect some help.
The lector's pronunciation required some getting used to.