Following the disappearance of his father, Owen returns to the Welsh village where he was raised to live with his mother and her boyfriend. While pursuing the mystery of cattle mutilations in the area, he meets Maredudd, an old friend of his mother's, and learns something about his parents that they've never told him…♦ 110,000 words....
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First of all, the reasons why you should read this book in my opinion:Trans-rep, adorable, healthy and sexy m/m romance, witches, mystery, horror-elements, magic and a gorgeous Welsh village 😍 And Im gonna try to keep this review short, even though I could write a long story about my thoughts ^^ This book has stayed with me since I finished it and I just want more.....This book was honestly so much more than I expected! I thought I would like it, because it sounded so interesting, but I didnt expect to love it this much! It was fun to read a book with so much horror and mystery elements in it, since I dont read many books like that, and I was creeped out so many times 😳🙈 In a good way of course! The way the author describes some settings and writes some of the scenes seriously made me look towards the window in my room more than once, expecting to see someone there 😂 So creepy but also so much fun! Nem Rowan made me want to read more horror/thriller stories! And talking about the horror-elements, without spoiling anything, I really loved the witches-part of the story and Nem’s take on witches, how they worked with the elements, curses and everything else. Both the creepy and the non-creepy parts...Lets talk about Owen, the main-character, because I love him so much! First of all, he’s such an amazingly written character. Reading about him made me feel as if I truly got to know him, inside and out, and I fell more and more in love with him. Owen struggles a lot with how he sees himself, as well as how other people look at him, and it just made me very emotional. I could never fully understand the struggle that comes with being transgender, and Im not gonna pretend I can, but all I can say is that reading about Owen and being inside his head made me emotional in many different ways. Sad because of how he struggled sometimes, but also very happy and inspired because of how creative he is and also how strong he is through everything, even when he doubts himself. I want to say that this story is as much about the mystery Owen is trying to solve as it is about him trying to figure out who he wants to be himself and how he fits in. The books has many moments where I felt heartbroken and just wanted to give him big hugs, but also just as many moments where I felt happy because it was obvious that Owen felt more confident and happy the longer we got into the story. A lot of those happy moments was because he fell in love, but with that said the story is definitely not a ”love will make you happy and solve everything”-sort of thing, its more about Owen finding someone who encourages him to just be himself, as he is, and that thats enough. Someone who makes him feel worthy and safe...Talking about Owen falling in love, another thing that made this book so amazing and precious to me was the relationship between him and Maredudd. They are both such amazing characters, and when Owen fell in love with Maredudd, I fell in love with them both at the same time. And not only because they are super adorable together, but also because of how equal, healthy and beautiful their relationship was from the start. This felt so important to me, that Maredudd fell for Owen because of the man he is and never once questioned Owen being trans. The only time he even mentions it was as a small hint about it one time, only to tell Owen to stop worrying about it being a problem.”I feel your fear. And - and I understand it, I know, I know why. And its okay. I just wanted you to know, thats all.”Maredudd is just such an kind, beautiful and precious soul. This relationship and the way Maredudd made Owen feel loved as he was, made me so happy. And yes, I smiled like a dork through all their parts 😍😅 I want more of them!!..I also love the way Nem describes the setting through out the book. He has a way of really putting me in that Welsh village while reading about it, and it was beautiful! It was almost as if I could smell the sea sometimes and see all the cliffs before me. This was also the reason why it was as creepy as it was sometimes, because I felt as if I was in the scary parts as well and it freaked me out a lot, in a great way of course 😳😉😂 So yeah, the descriptions in the book was amazing and even during the parts where not much happened, it never got boring because you were in the world. This definitely gave it another star from me!..Okay, I could keep talking about why I loved this book forever, and there are more things and more characters to mention, but Im gonna stop now. All I want to add is this: Put this on your TBR and give it a shot! Its worth it and you wont regret it 🙌🏻❤️ Also, this is only the first book in a trilogy and Im so freaking excited to read more, and also whatever else that Nem Rowan releases 👏🏻✨ This book is also a valid reason for why everyone should take a step out of their comfort zone sometimes and read books by authors that arent as hyped yet. I love to look for hidden gems that often could get forgotten among all the other hyped ones, and this is definitely one of those! 💎✨
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*This book picked my interest when I saw it on my Twitter timeline, when the author was searching for more reader and made pre-release advertisement. I read the blurb - and honestly I wasn't sure what to think about the book. Sure, the blurb is interesting but very vague. When I also got the information that this book is pretty dark, has supernatural elements, the use of magic and witches appear, I was capured. But I also pondered if the trigger and content warnings (to be find on the publisher's website, here under "content notes") of verbal abuse & transphobia, the graphic display of animal mutilation and other heavy parts would be something I could endure. When I decided yes, I'll give the book a try and read further the first page I was hooked.Yes, the author Nem Rowan describes the scenery in a very graphic way, the natural beauty is visible before your inner eye, which - of course - makes the graphic, gory scenes and description of the dead animals less pleasant. It's the mix and the curiousity you feel as a reader; I admit I liked it because it was totally making sense to be this graphic, although I've to say it was almost poetic and lyrical and that had a special appeal. It's kind of a morbid curiosity, something you either like or not.From the first page on I was with Owen, our protagonist. He is suffering living in the isolated, pretty bigot and transphobic acting village in Wales, where his mother has her roots. On the one hand he feels connected through the village with his dead/missing father, on the other hand he is confronted with people who know about his transition and have a distant behaviour towards him, whereas his mother's boyfriend/lover Geraint is the worst in calling him by his old name & never acknowledging his new identity. In fact he is fueled by hatred and tries to rile up Owen whenever he can.The main problems and the thrilling parts are all connected to Geraint but I won't tell how because it would take a majority of the suspense. ;) I can just say the revealings are surprising, it's really captivating how Nem Rowan is able to hook you as the reader. Within one book there are so many (new) things you learn, but you aren't this overwhelmed because the connection is there, the explanation is given & the way how it's displayed is fascinating and intriguing together.I also loved the romantic relationship between Owen and Maredudd and I laughed so often when both behaved humorous and had their small banter and witty comments. I want to stress out that Maredudd and Owen have an age gap of 15 years, so if this isn't your thing, you should maybe not read it. If you love things like this, go and get the book. :)I was also totally fond of Maredudd's father Morcant - and his appearance is a pretty remarkable, just saying ;) - and Owen's mother Wenda was a great secondary character too.I really loved how Owen and Maredudd's realationship grew within the book and how connected they are. There is an intimacy which is different than Owen has to his mother for example and for the first time he feels understood, feels connected to someone truly. If you expect really explicit intimate scenes between them, there are a few but the majority is a display of their affection through kisses and touches, very tender and sweet, although there is enough innuendo. I loved this balance & I can't wait to see more of them together, of their daily life.This debut work totally nailed it and I can recommend it wholeheartedly. If you are okay with on-page transphobia, verbal abuse, graphic display of violence, animal mutilation, talk of suicide and on the other hand be fond of dark(er) magic, supernatural elements, love age gaps, you'll probably want to pick the book up & maybe even love it as much as I did. 5 out of 5 stars for it.Review originally posted on my blog with added content Mikku-chan / A world full of words
I might be slightly biased but this has got magic, horror, mystery, trans rep and an adorable gay romance all in a quaint Welsh village. What more could you want!
3,5/5Though I'm not used to Horror Fantasy, I liked this book, especially thanks to the great main character!review to come very soon, it's basically written but it's very late and I don't trust what I write at night!