Friday, September 1, 2023

Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross

When two young rival journalists find love through a magical connection, they must face the depths of hell, in a war among gods, to seal their fate forever.

After centuries of sleep, the gods are warring again. But eighteen-year-old Iris Winnow just wants to hold her family together. Her mother is suffering from addiction and her brother is missing from the front lines. Her best bet is to win the columnist promotion at the Oath Gazette.

To combat her worries, Iris writes letters to her brother and slips them beneath her wardrobe door, where they vanish—into the hands of Roman Kitt, her cold and handsome rival at the paper. When he anonymously writes Iris back, the two of them forge a connection that will follow Iris all the way to the front lines of battle: for her brother, the fate of mankind, and love.

Shadow and Bone meets Lore in Rebecca Ross's Divine Rivals, an epic enemies-to-lovers fantasy novel filled with hope and heartbreak, and the unparalleled power of love.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 4, 2023
 by Wednesday Books
4/5 stars

Divine Rivals is making the rounds on social media. It comes with the claim that if you loved 
Fourth Wing, then this is a book for you. Also, it has a gorgeous cover as well as etching on the cover of the hardback. Rebecca Ross is a new author for me, she writes YA fantasy.

Divine Rivals started out strong with Iris, an 18-year-old helping her mother while worrying about her missing brother. At the same time trying to keep her job as a columnist. There is some rivalry there at her place of employment with Roman Kitt as they both vie for the same job.

For anyone who is afraid to try a fantasy novel this would be the one to go with. The world building is not too complex but easy to follow as the author sets the stage for drama, friendship, family, and of course, the enemies to lovers trope. How they connect was unique and showed the power of words. The first book in the Letters of Enchantment series, I went in prepared for a cliffhanger ending, which is what I got

Divine Rivals isn’t just a well written fantasy story, but it also deals with some heavy topics that include grief, war, and death, which the author wrote authentically and with feeling. The ending paved the way for a book 2 which is Ruthless Vows, thankfully not a long wait as it releases Dec 2023.

This book was part of my 2023 Reading Off My Shelf Challenge.

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