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A fitting end to what has been a quite outstanding series from Sam

Copy of wrencoverWren and Oak by Sam Burns

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Full review tomorrow when I’m at the laptop.


This book finished off what has been a truly outstanding series of urban fantasy novels which has featured three interlinked trilogies working with an overall narrative.

In this it’s Fletcher’s turn under the spotlight once again and his has perhaps been the hardest journey of all those involved in the fight to protect Rowan Harbor.

I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sure where Sam was going to take this one. There were times when I thought I’d got a handle on the plot, then it would take an unexpected turn.

When it came down to it though, it made perfect sense. Fletcher’s battle has always been with his own sense of worth and his usefulness.

In this final book, we get to see him not quite accepting his strengths, but coming to realise that his own fears and his empathy for everyone else is what makes him powerful.

Also so many times this book had me on the verge of sobbing but the very ending is just glorious.

As it should be, the circle of life continues and new growth springs from the roots of the old.

It’s so difficult to actually describe what this series has been about, but for me, it’s about the feeling of safety and the rightness of home.

I’m very sad to say goodbye to Rowan Harbor, but I’m absolutely convinced Devon, Wade, Jesse and Sean, Fletcher and Conner, and the rest of the town are really hidden away behind Isla’s magic wards having drinks in Cassidy’s bar and putting the world to rights over supper.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Release Blitz: Wren And Oak by Sam Burns

Wren And Oak | Sam Burns

Rowan Harbor #9


Buy Links:

Amazon US | Amazon UK

Universal Link

Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited

Length: 45,000 words

Cover Design: Melanie Farlow @ Clause & Effect

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Rowan Harbor has been peaceful for a now unprecedented two months, but everyone knows it’s the calm before the storm. The Summer king is coming for the thorn—a weapon destined to bring his end—and Fletcher has never felt so helpless.

When the disturbing dreams start and his mentor, Oak, is hesitant to discuss them, Fletcher doesn’t know where to turn. He and his boyfriend Conner are in the process of moving in together, and he doesn’t want to add anything else to Conner’s list of concerns.

With a vengeful fae waiting for his chance to raze Rowan Harbor to the ground, Fletcher has to find a way to protect everything he loves and survive the coming storm.

The Rowan Harbor Cycle Series

Book #1 – Blackbird in the Reeds – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #2 – Wolf and the Holly – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #3 – Fox and Birch – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #4 – Hawk In The Rowan – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #5 – Stag and the Ashe – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #6 – Adder and Willow – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #6.5 – In Any Light – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #7 – Eagle In The Hawthorn – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #8 – Salmon and the Hazel – Amazon US | Amazon UK

About The Author

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Sam Burns wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten-year-old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.

If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a Wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.

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