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The Wolf and The Water

(Deluge #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  70 reviews
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 determine
Paperback, 268 pages
Published October 8th 2020 by Silver Sun Books
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Bookphenomena (Micky)
3.5 - 4 stars

The Wolf and the Water was a complex and fresh historical fantasy told from a Greek mythological context. The characters were YA in age but the themes felt older and I appreciated the story not holding any barrs.

Kala, the protagonist was the newly bereaved and unwanted daughter with a physical disability. Kala was not unused to derision and rejection from her community but with the loss of a loved one, she’d lost protection. Kala was a strong young woman with courage and her tale wa
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Full review on my blog:

Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The book tells a story of a girl named Kala who lives in the ancient city of Kepos. After her father’s mysterious death she realizes the big secret that was kept from everyone in Kepos: there is a whole other world beyond the walls of the city and the water is coming. So in order to protect her life from her new e
Jake is Reading
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Jaffrey’s upcoming book The Wolf and the Water is set in Kepos, an ancient Greece-inspired city at the base of a valley. Cliff faces hem in Kepos to the North and South, while the sea sits to the East, and a great wall stands in the West. The city is overseen by ten Houses, each with a patron god, and a priesthood responsible for maintaining the wall that keeps the unknown threat beyond it at bay.

The setting is unique, and I enjoye
Asha Seth
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
First of all, I expected a lot from this book because of the title and cover. Clearly, both were deceiving. That was a huge put off. There are no real wolves; unless of course you think of it metaphorically. The cover was an instant hit. And I was thoroughly disappointed that it did not deliver what it promised.

The mystery of Kala's father's murder was the only thing that kept me hooked, and that too wasn't satisfying in the end. I expected more meat around the what and why and how. Because I r
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Thanks to Josie, the author, for an arc in exchange for a review.

I really enjoyed this - I read it in one sitting and was very captivated by the world and the writing style. I'm not a big fan of the stepbrother/sister romance - I know they didn't grow up together but he kept referring her as his sister in the beginning. Plus that's not the only time incest plays a part in the story.

I love mythological books so knew this would be up my street - highly enjoyable read.
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Book source ~ Tour

Kepos is an ancient city in a valley protected from the souls of the dead by a huge wall. Ten families rule their lands with the high priest Archon guiding them all. Kala is from the least powerful family, the Glauks. When her father mysteriously dies her mother has to remarry according to law so there is always a man ruling the house. Kala, as the only surviving child, could marry and her husband would be in charge except she is deformed after a sickness and they are sure no o
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to Josie Jaffrey for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway. 

TW/CW: Slavery | Ableism  | Sexual Assault |  Mentioned Physical Abuse by Parent

I actually read this book closer to release date than this review would suggest but I was hit by a big review writing slump in that time.  Adding onto a some conflicting thoughts about this book and it results in this review being written a little later. 

The Wolf and the Water is inspired by A
Connor's Library  Corner
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a 3.5 ⭐ rating for me.

I found the story to be so interesting and I was really loving the story of this character and seeing her development and her growth throughout the book.
I love her relationships with other characters too.

This story took an incredibly dark turn which I was not expecting and I was so pleasantly surprised by this.

My only issue with this book is the format in which it is laid out.
Each page feels very compact with a lot of writing on the page.
I personally feel that
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I was provided with an arc of this book as part of a blog tour, in exchange for an honest review.

An interesting historical YA fantasy that incorporated aspects from Ancient Greece into the intricate political system created for this book.

The plot was fast paced and holds lots of promise for what will hopefully be an interesting and exciting series. I loved the mystery elements and the constant threat of danger that there was throughout, it created a great feel if suspense as I read. This was h
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a really cool read.

The setting is based on Greek mythology and the way Jaffrey describes things I could easily picture everything.

Kala loved her father, so when he suddenly dies and her mother is forced to remarry Kala tries to investigate her father's death. What she uncovers is more than she bargained for,

I loved Kala. She had a hard life, even with a loving father and a more than loyal servant to stand by her. This makes that she keeps going even when things get difficult and dangerou
Atlantis has always had a big place in my heart. When I saw that this book was inspired by it, I knew I had to read it.

Kala was such an inspiring main character. She was fierce and unique ahead of her time, and I loved how she couldn’t care less about what others thought about her. She knew when to lower her walls with those she loved, and she welcomed them with open arms.

There are slower moments in the book, but I didn’t care because it was always punctuated by a new turn or twist in the stor
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Firstly, huge thank you to Josie for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I had seen a few people on Twitter talk about Jaffrey’s work recently and I was very excited to see that a new book (and the start of a new series) was being released this year. I was even more excited when I saw that there were ARC’s left to request, I didn’t waste any time in submitting my request and was thrilled that I managed to snag a copy!

The Wolf and the Water is a fantasy novel which dra
(Ellie) ReadtoRamble
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it

I read this book for a blog tour, so thank you so much to the author for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and thank you so much to the blog tour organiser for letting me participate in this tour. All opinions are my own.

I have already read a few Josie Jaffrey books, so I knew that I was surely going to like this book, but for the few days that I was reading it, I couldn't think of anything else and ended up just bingeing the last 60% because
Gina R Mitchell
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 of 5 Stars

The Wolf and the Water is the lead-off book for a new series, Deluge, by Josie Jaffrey.

I do feel the story was a tad slow starting, but once it got going, it didn’t let up. I was gripping the edge of my iPad while rooting for Kala, Lissa, and Leon. Every good book needs a character to dislike. Nykos is that character. What a despicable human. There were a few more, but none to rival him. Lest you are turned off by the violence that’s commonplace in this era, rejoice in the many ki
Rebecca Crunden
Sep 02, 2020 marked it as started-and-need-to-finish
Shelves: fantasy

GOT AN ARC, HUZZAH! Can't wait to start this one, I binged Ring The Bell and Living Underground this week, too.
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Wolf and the Water is the first book in Josie Jaffrey’s Deluge series, and it’s one that has me eager to see what comes next. Inspired by Atlantis, this one gives something vastly different to the author’s vampire books I have read.

I will be honest and say The Wolf and the Water is not my favourite Josie Jaffrey read. It took a while for me to get into this one and my investment wasn’t until later in the book, but it certainly had me curious to see how it would play out. Once the pieces star
Nada Sobhi
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology
The Wolf and the Water by Josie Jaffrey is the first book in the Deluge series and my first read for Jaffrey.

I originally signed up to review this book as part of a blog tour with TheWriteReads, however, I opted out of the tour because the book left me with a lot of mixed feelings.

One of the things that make The Wolf and the Water interesting is the mythology behind the setting, supposedly Greek mythology. However, it's this mythology and rules governing the characters that create lots of confus
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
“Perhaps it was easier for her to dive in headfirst than it was to brave the water one cold inch at the time.”

I have received this review copy for free. My opinion remains my own.

The Wolf and the Water is a story inspired on ancient Greece and Plato’s account of the island of Atlantis. The premise is super interesting and I absolutely love Greek myths, so when Josie Jaffrey announced it, I was super excited, aside from being a general fan of the author.
If I am being honest, this was a tough revi
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a great read.

Don't let the cover fool you though. It looks like it's going to be a light, easy to read YA, but it's high fantasy with a whole world and belief system you have to learn.
It definitely takes a while to get your head around all the names and places and people and what power they hold, but the map and list of the head household in each clan at the front of the book definitely helps.
I found myself looking back at the map each chapter as it introduced the next clan to us,
Rachel Bowdler
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Bryony Indecisive Reader
“Kala had failed to discern the real shape of her world. The Dekorats were children playing in a sandbox while the grown-ups arranged their world around them.”

CW: A full list of content warnings are at the back of the book, but include: Violence (murder/attempted murder/poison/amputation, arson), death (parental death, partner death, child death, funeral pyre/body burning), racism, ableism (internalised and from others), slavery, parental abuse (emotional and physical), miscarriage (remembered),
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Thank you to Josie Jaffrey for very kindly sending me an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
*Trigger Warnings at end of the review.

The Wolf and The Water (Deluge #1)
Release Date: October 8th 2020
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Wolf and The Water is a tale "inspired by Plato's account of the island of Atlantis, a once Utopian society destroyed by the gods for its sinfulness." (Quoted from Author's Note)
This story follows Kala, a heroine with a bone abnormality in her foot whose father pass
Sifa Poulton
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review. It has not affection my opinions.

THE WOLF AND THE WATER is an Atlantis-retelling, which means the setting is Greek-inspired and I am always up for that setting. We have a Dekocracy - the patriarchs of ten families ruling the city - so the world isn't a straight-up monarchy, which makes it feel different from other fantasies. The actual logistics of how the world is run isn't explored much - only the way it
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I want to thank you the author for sending me the ARC in exchange for a honest review...

I had a fun time reading that book (which by the way I read in only a few hours).
I liked the mythology inspired story and the believes. I just had a hard time caring for the characters and really understand why it was all a secret... But I loved that there was actually a huge secret in the story only known by a few. (if that makes any sense)

I will pick up the sequel as I believe the sequel will be better and
Shirley Cuypers
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, ebooks, arc-beta
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This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Josie Jaffrey!
The Wolf and The Water is the first book in the Deluge series and tells the story of Kala and her friends/family.

I’ve always read books about vampires by Josie Jaffrey so it was a nice surprise that she decided to write something different than vampires. And I’m not complaining! I really liked The Wolf and The Water because it was so interesting and original. I’ve never read so
Kelly-Marie Pollock
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nicole Sweeney
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles.

The Wolf and the Water is the first in an all new series from Josie Jaffrey, set in the ancient city of Kepos. The story follows Kala, a young girl who loses her father in mysterious circumstances. Her mother is remarried to a cruel man looking to gain more power in his position as head of the household. As Kala attempts to investigate the death of her father she uncovers a secret long hidden in the city of Kepos and must do everything she c
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader

Atlantis? I was already going to just love this, I mean, I am an Atlantis junkie but once ore Jaffrey gives this incredible creativity to her story and that made me love it all the more! Her first YA book, this sets up a great layout for a YA series and had so many great elements and her style remained the same calibre I always enjoy.

Sometimes the pacing was a bit slow but it was a minor issue that was ironed out by the delightful undercurrent of tension and the fact that I really enjoyed t
Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
As always, a disclaimer that I'm one of Josie's beta readers, but I loved this! ...more
Dean Osborne
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Intrigue, mystery and a race against time. Count me in!

When our main character Kala finds her farther dead followed by her mother’s remarriage to what becomes Kala’s evil step father we are plunged into a ‘who did it’ mystery. Along the way Kala soon find out that all is not what it seems and we fall into a race against time.

I want to be honest with you guys not that I’m not normally honest but in the interest of building a rapport with you and earning your trust as your ‘go-to’ reviewer I want
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