A Spell of Rowans by Byrd Nash, Book Review
Updated: Apr 21
A Spell of Rowans by Byrd Nash
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5 Rating
“My talent for reading other people’s feelings, my sister who could charm men, and my brother who knows with a touch the history of any object
But Troubles and Magic comes in Threes.
But when I returned to Grimsby to settle the estate, the police hauled in my autistic brother for questioning. And my sister knows what Mother was really doing at her antiques shop, Rosemary Thyme. Hint: Nothing good.
And that hometown boy I dumped way back after high school? He’s in Grimsby and thinks he knows the truth about me.”- Amazon, Author Summary
Review, No Spoilers:
There were a few months in which I could not even pick up a book to read. I was so mentally exhausted the thought of reading seemed to be too much. I initially read A Spell of Rowans as a beta reader in the begging of the fall season. However, I was unable to finish the book during the timeline I wanted too but I did finish the book in January of this year. That was the best decision I could have made because it was as if fate knew I needed this book now. I needed this book during this season of my life and I was not really ready for it in the fall. A Spell of Rowans is a dark read in a sense that it does have some triggers. There is mention of a few abuse moments though not in too much graphic detail but it can be a little hard to read if you have endured that type of trauma in your life. It is important to know that those things do go on in the book as well as some violence. I have had my own personal experiences with both and I was able to read this book without an issue. The main character was very strong willed and independent upon meeting her. She had the power to manipulate and feel others emotions around her. Her brother had the power of feeling, one object and he knows it’s secrets. And her sister had the power of charm, a smile was all that it took. The struggles of each sibling was very well written. As a reader it became clear that this book was more than just magic and witches but something much darker. I found myself getting attached to the characters and their stories. The events that lead them to their adult hood and why they were the way they were. The mystery of their mother’s death and the adventure that the reader goes on was very grippling. I found it very difficult to read any of my other reads because I needed to know what was going to happen to the siblings. I wanted to be sure that they would be okay. Overall, I was very impressed with how this book was written. I fell in love with the characters and felt attached to them until the very end. I am so happy that I was able to take the time to give this book a chance. I am hoping Nash makes more stories like this one, she truly has a knack for the darker side of writing. Sometimes the beautiful things in life come with a lot of darkness. But then again that is what makes a story more believable. I highly recommend that you give this book a try and then tell me your thoughts!
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Spoiler Review below:
Byrd Nash surprised me with this book from the beginning to the end. I did not anticipate liking the main character as much as I did until I dove further and further into the mystery. Her determination and strong will seemed to inspire me and push me in my own life to continue on. I found that her empathic abilities made her relatable and very believable. The love she shared for her siblings especially her brother Liam, reminded me of my love for my own siblings. A Spell of Rowans had some of the best characters. I enjoyed learning about the gifts of the siblings and the mysteries as they unfolded one by one. The father became someone I hated more than the Mother. I have no idea how someone can just live their lives and pretend that abuse is not happening in the home. I know this happens in many families and so the way his character was written was brilliant. The Mother was so cruel and cold. I was really surprised at her character because her depravity was so terrifying. As a Mother I cannot understand why anyone would ever do that to their children. The fact that Vic was able to grow up and make a name for herself just shows how strong of a person she had become. Her sister Phillipa was a character I found myself unsure about. I am the oldest of all of my siblings and I tend to want to protect and shield them from all things. Phillipa, who was the oldest did not protect her siblings as much as I thought she could have. Vic seemed to take on the role of protector for Liam and she protected him from emotions during times he would have been terrified. That part of the story had my heart breaking when I realized what she had done. That was also the part in which I really appreciated Nash’s creativity. I can tell she put her entire heart into writing this book specifically. The book surprised me because I was unable to predict the murderer. Even up the the very end I was wrong. I thought it was going to be her love interest, Reed. In fact, it was not and that through me for a loop! Well played!