Friday, July 12, 2019

Review Tour: Salmon & The Hazel (Rowan Harbor Cycle #8) by Sam Burns

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited

Length: 43,000 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
Book #7 - Eagle In The Hawthorn - Amazon US | Amazon UK


Jesse’s only priority in life is protecting the people he loves, so he’s determined to see Rowan Harbor’s wards rebuilt. There’s just one problem: they’re missing an ingredient that can’t be ordered online.

Jesse volunteers to search for the missing component in the realm of the fae, but his boyfriend, Sean, isn’t letting him go alone. The town has an enemy among the fae, so they’ll need to keep a low profile. Along their way, they find unexpected allies, surprising enemies, and a whole host of problems.

The journey is a test of their endurance, but also of their relationship and their faith in each other. Can they find what they need and get back home in one piece in time for the summer solstice?

Sandra's review:

This is book 8 in the Rowan Habor Cycle series (which should be read in order) in which we find Jesse, council leader and part-time wolf, and his boyfriend/forever mate Sean, a Succubus, having to secretly (as much as that's possible) enter Faerie to retrieve an important ingredient from the Tree Of Wisdom that Isla needs to rebuild the wards around Rowan Harbor.

If you haven't read the first 7 books, this review likely will not make a whole lot of sense to you, and it might also be slightly spoilerish, so please proceed with caution.

Book 8 completes the arc for Jesse and Sean, whose relationship is only getting stronger, as Jesse has managed to remove his head from his rear end and understands that Sean is a person in his own right, who gets to make decisions for himself.

Most of the book takes place in the realm of the Fae, split between the court of the Summer King and the court of the Winter Queen, who are sworn enemies. I got a lot of answers in this book, and many things are explained. The bond between Sean and Jesse is further explored, and each of their personalities shines through.

The author continues to awe me with the depth of her creation, and how well each book builds on its predecessor, how various mythologies are explored and meshed seamlessly into the pages, and riveting the entire series has been.

There's quite a bit of humor in this book, and it's not as edge of your seat as the last one, but there's an underlying tone of danger in each of its pages, whether that danger is immediately obvious or not.

Also, it has a unicorn, which is at once terrifying and heartbreaking. Once you read this book, you'll understand what I mean.

There's only one book left, which will conclude the series, and the final trilogy for our third couple. I definitely want to read it as soon as possible, and yet I will surely miss these fictional folks, their strong bonds, family or not, and the incredible universe this author has created.

This is not a series to be missed. Read it! Read it all!

** I received a free copy of this book from the tour organizer for an unbiased and honest review. **

About the author:

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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