Today, I wanted to share with you a bit about one of my December 2022 Book Club reads, Bride of the River God by Sarah A. Macklin
In this short but mighty book, Anene is chosen as her generation's bride to the river god Nniro - but when she arrives in the world of the gods, instead of a welcoming groom, she finds Nniro with his heart ripped out of his chest. While she had never wanted to marry a stranger, god or no, Nniro's death could threaten the river her village depends on, and thus the life of everyone she knows and loves. With nothing but her own determination to guide her, she sets off on a quest to restore Nniro's heart.
Macklin has created a magical world of strange creatures and capricious gods, where a young woman can discover what she is truly made of.
💭 MY THOUGHTS
This was a fun read! It started off a bit dry/slow. But I think it's because I came into the story expecting a high-fantasy but this is more of a myth! It's an origin story. Once I realized that, the simplicity and sparseness of the writing worked really well. I enjoyed following Anene on her arduous journey and rooting her bad-ass self on loudly as she kicked ass and took names. I'm a little embarrassed to admit, but I need Machlin to write a fanfic of her own work 😅. I feel like Anene and Nniro would set the underwater sheets on 🔥🔥🔥🔥. Lmaoo
If you've read this book, please share your thoughts in the comments. You can purchase a copy at www.tumasbooks.com