Uncaged Review – The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven by Jennifer Ivy Walker

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The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven
Jennifer Ivy Walker
Fantasy Romance

In this dark fairy tale adaptation of a medieval French legend, Issylte must flee the wicked queen, finding shelter with a fairy witch who teaches her the verdant magic of the forest. Fate leads her to the otherworldly realm of the Lady of the Lake and the Elves of Avalon, where she must choose between her life as a healer or fight to save her ravaged kingdom.
Tristan of Lyonesse is a Knight of the Round Table who must overcome the horrors of his past and defend his king or lose everything. When he becomes a warrior of the Tribe of Dana, a gift of Druidic magic might hold the key he seeks.
Haunted and hunted. Entwined by fate. Can their passion and power prevail?


Uncaged Review: This is a great beginning to a
series. I was awed by the amount of research that had
to go into writing this, especially about the herbs, and
plants and all their uses and research about the Celtic
lore that was done so well. When I first started reading,
I thought of Cinderella meets the Knights of the
Round Table meets Middle Earth, and it has a lot of
similarities of mixing in fairy tales with the lore. It’s
done so well, that you become absorbed in the tale.
The cons: The different perspectives didn’t line up
time wise, so when you are reading about Issylte in
one chapter, the timeline jumps or goes backwards
when they switch to Tristan or Morag. Also, this book
started slow for me, but even though it was, I don’t
feel like anything should have been left out either.
The pros: This is well written story with characters
you know from old lore, and new ones that you come
to embrace. And the villians – are OMG villians that
you will despise.

So if you don’t read fantasy or you want to jump in,
this is a good start. I’m really looking forward to
book two. This does not end in a cliffhanger, but sets
up well for the next one. Reviewed by Cyrene

4 1/2 Stars