Review The drowned Woods

The drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones

  • Title: The drowned Woods
  • Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Pages: 314 Pages
  • ASIN: B09NR816LZ
  • Price: 6,49 €


Once upon a time, the kingdoms of Wales were rife with magic and conflict – and eighteen-year-old Mererid ‚Mer‘ is well-acquainted with both. As the last living water diviner, she can manipulate water with magic – a unique elemental power many would kill to possess.

For years, Mer has been running from the prince who bound her into his service – and forced her to kill thousands with her magic. Now, all Mer truly wants is a safe, quiet life, far from power and politics.

But then Mer’s old handler – the king’s spymaster – returns with a proposition: use her powers to bring down the very prince that abused them both.

My Opinion:

The drowend woods is my first book by this author and I was very curious what to expect. The blurb grabbed my attention straight away and I love the cover. It fits the plot very well. The writing style is very easy to read. Very detailed, exciting and also emotional. I dived straight into the story and within two days I had already finished it. Reading the book was an up and down. It starts very exciting, then it calms down a bit and the more the plot progresses, the more exciting it gets again.

There were many different characters that at first glance don’t complement each other at all, but the closer you look, the more you realize that the characters are perfectly chosen. From page one I admired Mer for her strength and backbone. She doesn’t give up, whether she’s been betrayed or used. These things will only make her stronger. I really liked the dynamic of the whole group. I was just expecting an exciting fantasy story. But the book was so much more. Betrayal, tension, love, family and one big heist.

I really enjoyed reading it and would recommend this book to any fantasy reader. You will not be disappointed.


The rights to the covers lie with the respective publisher / author! This book was made available to me as a review copy by Hodder & Stoughton. All reviews reflect my honest opinion.