The Wolf and the Water (#1 Deluge)
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Publisher: Silver Sun Books
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQ, Historical Fiction
Published: 8th October 2020
I’d like to start this post by saying a huge thank you to Josie Jaffrey for the amazing opportunity of reading and reviewing her new book The Wolf and the Water! This is the first book of hers that I’ve read, but I keep hearing such amazing things about all her others that are out. I will leave all her author links and book links at the end of the post if anyone is interested.
Thank you again for the physical arc in exchange for an honest review from Josie Jaffrey and Dave from The Write Reads for letting me join the blog tour. Make sure to follow the tour and find some amazing bloggers by checking @The_WriteReads Twitter!
Some secrets are worth killing for.
The ancient city of Kepos sits in an isolated valley, cut off from the outside world by a towering wall. Behind it, the souls of the dead clamour for release. Or so the priesthood says.
Kala has never had any reason to doubt their word – until her father dies in suspicious circumstances that implicate the city’s high priest. She’s determined to investigate, but she has a more immediate problem: the laws of the city require her mother to remarry straight away.
Kala’s new stepfather is a monster, but his son Leon is something altogether more dangerous: kind.
With her family fractured and the investigation putting her life in danger, the last thing Kala needs is romance. She would rather ignore Leon entirely, however difficult he makes it. But when she learns the truth of what really clamours behind the wall at the end of the valley, she faces a choice: share what she knows and jeopardise her escape, or abandon him to his fate along with the rest of the city.
If she doesn’t move fast, then no one will make it out of the valley alive.
As soon as I read the blurb, I was positive I would love this book, and I did! Although, I haven’t read many fantasy or historical fiction books, so I was very excited to get stuck in! I had a bit of a slow start with it, but it didn’t take me long to get absorbed in the ancient mythological world of Kepos.
I actually ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would. Now I’m so excited for the second book in The Deluge Series!
The Wolf and the Water follows Kala, who is born into the Glauks tribe. Even though Glauks is one of the least popular tribes among the ancient city of Kepos, Kala is looked down upon twice as much due to her twisted leg. This abnormality has resulted in her walking with a cane and other people questioning why she was allowed to live. She doesn’t let anything stop her though, making her such an amazing and strong female character.
I love how each chapter is named after a different tribe of Kepos. I only realised this after a couple of chapters, and it really helped me understand the different tribes because I was a bit confused at the beginning of the book. It didn’t take me too long to get my head around things, but I feel like the history of Kepos and the tribes could have been explained a bit more towards the beginning.
Other than that, I adored the story.
I loved everything about Kala from start to finish. The fact she believes no one loves her and is just a burden to her city, pushes her to be the quick-witted, strong independent woman she is. Her relationship with Melissa is so wholesome to me, despite the fact Melissa is her slave. They both take the best care of each other because they do not have anyone else. I love how close they remained, even with the introduction of Leon; a rival for Kala’s affection.
I didn’t expect to like Leon as much as I did. I couldn’t help but fall in love with him the more I read. Everyone sees him as the one who causes trouble, but he proves to be selfless and caring throughout the book. Both Leon and his sister Eulalia, prove to be two of the most caring people, unlike their father who is a monstrous man.
Overall, I really loved this book more than I thought I would. Apart from the slow beginning and bit of confusion, there wasn’t a lot I didn’t like. I will definitely be re-reading this book, mainly to refresh on what happened in time for the second book. Which I can’t wait for!
About the Author
Josie is the author of nine self-published novels plus short stories. She is currently working on a range of fantasy and historical fiction projects (both adult and YA), for which she is seeking representation. Ultimately, she hopes to be a hybrid author, both traditionally- and self-published.
After finishing her degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics) at the University of Oxford, Josie wasn’t sure what to do with her life.