ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: The Water Witch by Jessica Thorne

Publication Date: August 5, 2022
Format: Audio
Genre:  Fantasy Romance 
Narrators: Helen Keeley

Publisher: Hachette UK- Bookouture
10 hours 4 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


Sitting side by side on the clifftop, he turns to her solemnly and says, ‘The water witch is real.’ She rolls her eyes and grins, teasing him. ‘Sure. A psycho mermaid. Got it.’ But now he’s gone forever… will she find the truth beneath the waves?

Brittany, France. Ariadne Walker’s fiancé Simon drowned in the stormy Atlantic Ocean doing what he loved: searching for the lost underwater city of Ys. Local legend says it was destroyed centuries ago when the princess of Ys became a water witch, cursing the name of the man who betrayed her.

Ari never believed these tall tales. And the letter Simon sent before he died finishing their relationship is a devastating secret she’ll take to the grave. But arriving in Brittany, Ari encounters a man emerging from the sea in a rocky cove, saltwater dripping from his dark hair. Rafael swears the legends are true: and his ancestor was cursed by the water witch. Now, his own life is in terrible danger. And the secret to breaking the curse lies hidden in the lost city.

When Ari finds a strange engraved mask on the sea bed, and a cryptic map amongst Simon’s things, she has no choice but to believe Rafael’s plea. Can they follow the trail and save Rafael’s life? Poring over the map by candlelight, the flickering flames only add to the heat between them… but will Ari’s fragile heart soon be shattered all over again? And will they ever find Ys and break the curse – or will the water witch demand another sacrifice?

An absolutely addictive romantic fantasy read filled with passion and mystery, that will sweep you away to the wild coast of northern France. Inspired by real myths and legends from this magical place, 


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I really got swept away in this story.  I love mythology and the choice of names for the characters really brought you into that mythological world.  Ariadne, who was so good at solving puzzles, now has the ultimate challenge of unraveling the what happened to her finance, and finding a solution to help save Rafael. Her brother Jason, named for the man who searched for the Golden Fleece is the leader of this expedition to find the City of Y's which is based on the lost city of Atlantis. Rafael's family name is Du Lac named after Lancelot Du Lac who was an adulterer like Rafaels father.  

Throughout this book you get swept away by the myths and legends of Breton. Legends of betrayal and curses and ultimately forgiveness. Of what drives you and and what binds you. This is a beautifully written fantasy romance based on real legends.  Its ethereal and atmospheric and the narrator was fantastic. This is definitely an author to keep an eye on. 

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