Friday, February 22, 2019

Review Tour : Eagle In The Hawthorn (Rowan Harbor Cycle #7) by Sam Burns

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited

Length: 45,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Melanie Farlow @ Clause and Effect

The Rowan Harbor Cycle Series

Book #1 - Blackbird in the Reeds - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #2 - Wolf and the Holly - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 - Fox and Birch - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #4 - Hawk In The Rowan - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #5 - Stag and the Ashe - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #6 - Adder and Willow - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #6.5 - In Any Light - Amazon US | Amazon UK


Rowan Harbor has had a tough winter, and Devon Murphy wants nothing more than to make it better. When he proposes a solution to the town’s low morale, it creates a rift in his relationship with his boyfriend, Wade. They’ve hardly ever argued, and when things get tense, Devon has no idea how to handle it.

But an evil presence in his town targets the people Devon loves, he has to put his personal worries aside and face danger down again. Will he be able to protect his town, and if he can, will Wade be waiting for him when it’s done?

Sandra's review:

In this 7th book of the series, the first to complete the first trilogy about Devon and Wade, it is clear that things are about to wrap up. At least to some extent. We're getting some answers, specifically around Burt (Devon's once-upon-a-time stepfather), his mother's abilities, however latent and unknown, and his grandmother's feelings about Devon having taken her place on the town council.

It's a fairly quiet and gentle book, too... Not much happens, other than Devon fighting his self-doubts, his lack of relationship experience, and his blindness in matters of the heart. 

The town is in mourning after having lost an important member of the community and the town council, and the mood is somber. 

Devon and Wade, engaged to be married, haven't set a date, and Devon believes that after the events of book 5 and 6, the town needs a happy event. Since he doesn't care much about how the wedding happens, he decides to propose to Wade that they get married for the townspeople. This idea holds exactly zero appeal to Wade (obvious to most, even if not to Devon), so the confused fae seeks the guidance of Oak. And Jesse. 

There are humorous moments. There are sad moments. And there are moments in which Devon's talents shine, in which he shows courage and self-confidence and the realization that he has the strength and the right and the power to keep the town safe. 

I was rather pleased by the revelations about Devon's mother, and the character growth afforded her - considering that she's never been a supportive presence in Devon's life, her finding out about her latent powers and her subsequent reactions to the same was a pleasant surprise. 

Wade's steady and calming presence, his unwavering support of Devon, his steadfast love, even when he's pissed at Devon's ridiculous proposal, really allows his character to come to full realization. He's no doormat, never has been, but there's more to Wade than meets the eye, more than his inner wolf, more than being a deputy, a man of the law. He too needs, he too feels, and he too deserves his happily ever after. 

Devon, who has grown throughout the first six books, comes to his full potential here. The young man who never knew where he belonged, who's nomadic lifestyle ended in book 1, who had to undergo a crash course in his fae powers, who fought evil when it came to town, who gave the town and its people everything he's got, grows into himself by book's end and finds his true purpose, his reason. 

I am completely enamored with this series, and have been since the very first book. I can hardly wait to find out how the author will finish the trilogy for Jesse and Sean, and Fletcher and Conner, in the next (and last) two books. 

This is not a standalone book, and the series must be read in order. Highly recommended!

** I received a free copy of this book from the tour organizer. A review was not promised in return. **

Sam wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten year old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.

If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a Wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.


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