DROWNED COUNTRY by Emily Tesh

Drowned Country is the the stunning sequel to Silver in the Wood, Emily Tesh’s lush, folkloric debut. This second volume of the Greenhollow duology once again invites readers to lose themselves in the story of Henry and Tobias, and the magic of a myth they’ve always known.

Even the Wild Man of Greenhollow can’t ignore a summons from his mother, when that mother is the indomitable Adela Silver, practical folklorist. Henry Silver does not relish what he’ll find in the grimy seaside town of Rothport, where once the ancient wood extended before it was drowned beneath the sea―a missing girl, a monster on the loose, or, worst of all, Tobias Finch, who loves him.


Title : Drowned Country
Author : Emily Tesh
Series : The Greenhollow (book two)
Format : eARC
Page Count : 176
Genre : LGBTQIA+ fantasy
Publisher : Tor.com
Release Date : August 18, 2020

Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ 


Hollis’ 3 star review

In some ways this follow up to SILVER IN THE WOOD, a lush reimagining of the Green Man legend, couldn’t be more different than its predecessor. Tone wise, in the telling of the story, almost everything. It actually took a few chapters for me to warm upto this one because it felt like such a change. But eventually it did win me over. Not to the extent of book one, but I was solidly enjoying it.. right up until a, in my opinion, fairly abrupt ending.

The ending aside, I thought this was really well paced. I loved how the timeline since book one was explained, even if at first I wasn’t sure the why or how or what had happened. As it all unfolded, I thought it worked so well. I won’t say much about this, though, because spoilers.

It makes me sad this is the end because I did really enjoy the time spent with these characters, in this strange little world. I wish I had ended this series on a slightly higher note but nonetheless.. still good.

** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

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