Divine Rivals (Iris at the Front, #1) by Rebecca Ross

Divine Rivals (Iris at the Front, #1) by Rebecca Ross

Title: Divine Rivals
Series: Iris at the Front, #1
Author:  Rebecca Ross
Publisher: Wednesday Books / Macmillan Audio
Genre:  Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA
Format:  Kindle / Audiobook 
No. of Pages / Length:  368 / 10 hrs, 50 min
Date of US Publication: 4 April, 2023
My Rating:  5 Stars

My Thoughts 

* After reading (and loving) an advance of this story in October ‘22, I recently received the opportunity to listen to the audiobook, and listened as I again took in this exquisitely told tale. Both narrators’ performances are excellent and elevate the story. 

So finely written, this YA novel is full of gorgeously atmospheric magic and seems inspired by Studio Ghibli films - it’s chock full of adventure, magic, and romance. A beautiful romance and story of hope in the time of war. This has a vintage feel, in the best of ways.

I loved this story; Iris and Roman were everything, the slow burning tension between them was amazing, in spite of Iris’s very obvious low self esteem. 

It began and remained, in a word, captivating but it ended on with a real brute of a cliffhanger 😣 and I really want to read more of this now. 

I’m definitely going to read more of Ms. Ross’s work. 

(TW - off page death of younger sibling, off page death of mother - body identified, scenes of war and  mass casualties) 

Thank you to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for the DRC!

Thank you to Macmillan Audio  and NetGalley for the audiobook!


When two young rival journalists find love through a magical connection, they must face the depths of hell, in a war among gods, to seal their fate forever.

After centuries of sleep, the gods are warring again. But eighteen-year-old Iris Winnow just wants to hold her family together. Her mother is suffering from addiction and her brother is missing from the front lines. Her best bet is to win the columnist promotion at the Oath Gazette.

To combat her worries, Iris writes letters to her brother and slips them beneath her wardrobe door, where they vanish—into the hands of Roman Kitt, her cold and handsome rival at the paper. When he anonymously writes Iris back, the two of them forge a connection that will follow Iris all the way to the front lines of battle: for her brother, the fate of mankind, and love.

Shadow and Bone meets Lore in Rebecca Ross's Divine Rivals, an epic enemies-to-lovers fantasy novel filled with hope and heartbreak, and the unparalleled power of love.


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