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A magical, ethereal fantasy from IndieBound bestselling author Emily Lloyd-Jones.
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. She is the last living water diviner and has spent years running from the prince who bound her into his service. Under the prince’s orders, she located the wells of his enemies, and he poisoned them without her knowledge, causing hundreds of deaths. After discovering what he had done, Mer went to great lengths to disappear from his reach. Then Mer’s old handler returns with a proposition: use her powers to bring down the very prince that abused them both.
The best way to do that is to destroy the magical well that keeps the prince’s lands safe. With a motley crew of allies, including a fae-cursed young man, the lady of thieves, and a corgi that may or may not be a spy, Mer may finally be able to steal precious freedom and peace for herself. After all, a person with a knife is one thing… but a person with a cause can topple kingdoms.
The Drowned Woods—set in the same world as The Bone Houses but with a whole new, unforgettable cast of characters—is part heist novel, part dark fairy tale.
About the Author
Emily Lloyd-Jones grew up on a vineyard in rural Oregon, where she played in evergreen forests and learned to fear sheep. She has a BA in English from Western Oregon University and a MA in publishing from Rosemont College. She currently resides in Northern California, where she enjoys wandering in redwood forests. Her young adult novels include Illusive, Deceptive, The Hearts We Sold, The Bone Houses, and The Drowned Woods.
FROM NOVL NATION
“I was sobbing like a baby. I’m serious. I was a blubberly what-the-frickedy-frack is going on throughout the last 50 pages. Chapter 29 is going down as one of the best chapters that I have ever read.”
– Lauren, DontGoBekkerMyHeart
“There is so much to love about an unlikely group of characters coming together for a heist… There were a few big twists at the end that I did not see coming, and they brought everything together so well – it was one surprise after another, and I love when a story can shock me like that.”
– Olivia, @onemused
“Within The Drowned Woods, there’s a steady pace of action. Of the jagged edges of characters coming together. And once you get to the end, you are not going to be able to put this book down.”
– Lili, Utopia State of Mind
“The Drowned Woods is full of magic and old folklore, perfect for its Welsh setting I absolutely loved this book, and can’t wait to see what Emily Lloyd-Jones has in store for us in her upcoming publications.”
– Erin, After.thefinal.Page
“Wow what an adventure… I loved the subtle nod to The Bone Houses in this book. You don’t need to read The Bone Houses to enjoy this though. The motley group of characters were fun and I loved the scheming and plot twists… this was a solid dark fantasy fairytale filled with captivating mythology.”
– Elle, @bookish.reader.elle
This is a book where I wish the characters were real so I could give them a hug.
– Spiri, @pluvioreads
“This story was so incredibly fun to read. I loved the high stakes heist scenario where we all know that it’s a matter of time before things go absolutely sideways.”
– Toya, @thereadingchemist
“The Drowned Woods combines the best pieces of fantasy and adventure to create a gripping story filled with magic and an ensemble cast you won’t soon forget.”
“I LOVED the writing style. The story flowed like water.”
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