“It felt like family, that intimacy, that acceptance, and Kala wanted it keenly.”

Genre: Historical Fantasy
Published: 2020
Pages: 268
Rate: 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Goodreads Synopsis
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 determined to investigate, but she has a more immediate problem: the laws of the city require her mother to remarry straight away.
Kala’s new stepfather is a monster, but his son Leon is something altogether more dangerous: kind.
With her family fractured and the investigation putting her life in danger, the last thing Kala needs is romance. She would rather ignore Leon entirely, however difficult he makes it. But when she learns the truth of what really clamours behind the wall at the end of the valley, she faces a choice: share what she knows and jeopardise her escape, or abandon him to his fate along with the rest of the city.
If she doesn’t move fast, then no one will make it out of the valley alive.

“Knowing what someone wants gives you power over them,” he said, “and he has enough of that already.”

Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of the book from the author for review but all thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

My Take
Fun fact about The Wolf And The Water is that it’s inspired by Plato’s account of the island of Atlantis. I truly loved this book. History plus Fantasy ? What a concept!!

The Wolf And The Water follows a Greek mythological context where it follows Kala, a disabled girl who literally has to fight to survive and stay alive. I loved the plot. Simple and easy to follow yet filled with so many twists it kept me on edge. I love how Josie Jaffrey explores relationships in this book, both romantic and platonic. It made for a really enjoyable read.


This book is more plot based than anything which made some characters easily forgettable and only remembered them when they were mentioned again. This at some point made me not care enough & is actually the reason I didn’t give it 5 stars.

Allegiances, politics and a budding romance made The Wolf And The Water a wonderful read.