A Fire Endless

Harper Voyager. (Elements of Cadence, Bk. 2). Dec. 2022. 512p. ISBN 9780063056039. $27.99. FANTASY
In the second book of the “Elements of Cadence” duology, Ross takes readers on another adventure to the Isle of Cadence, a fantasy island off the coast of Scotland. The Tamerlaines of the east and Breccans of the west have been at odds with each other for centuries. Adaira was the leader of the Tamerlaines but found out that she was born to the Breccans and is now living in the west, trying to make peace between the two clans. While she is away, the orchards of the east are cursed by Bane, the spirit of the North Wind, and all who touch the apples fall ill. Jack, Adaira’s husband, can use his music to call on the spirits for answers, but when he does, Bane strikes one dead. As the curse spreads, Adaira and Jack, along with the Tamerlaine laird, need to work together to break it and dethrone Bane before the Isle becomes engulfed in the curse.
VERDICT Ross (A River Enchanted) creates a magical story with lyrical prose that draws the reader into the tale and its setting. Recommend this series to fans of Jeffe Kennedy, Susanna Clarke, and Terry Brooks.
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