Isabel Ibanez | Paperback | October 2023
The first in a crossover historical fantasy duology from the author of Woven in Moonlight, set in the glittering society of 19th century Egypt, as feisty Inez fights the restrictions of her time to discover what happened to her missing parents.
A divine exploration. A deadly secret. A desire she can't escape.
'Expertly plotted, explosively adventurous, and burning with romance' STEPHANIE GARBER
The Mummy meets Death on the Nile in this lush, immersive historical fantasy set in 19th century Egypt, filled with adventure, a rivals-to-lovers romance, and a dangerous race.
Bolivian-Argentinian Inez Olivera belongs to the glittering upper society of nineteenth century Buenos Aires, and like the rest of the world, the town is steeped in old world magic that's been largely left behind or forgotten. Inez has everything a girl might want, except for the one thing she yearns for the most: her globetrotting parents - who frequently leave her behind when they venture off on their exploring adventures.
When she receives word of their tragic deaths, Inez inherits their massive fortune and a mysterious guardian, an archaeologist in partnership with his Egyptian brother-in-law. Yearning for answers, Inez sails to Cairo, bringing her sketch pads and an ancient golden ring her father sent to her for safekeeping before he died. But upon her arrival, the old world magic tethered to the ring pulls her down a path where she soon discovers there's more to her parent's disappearance than what her guardian led her to believe.
With her guardian's infuriatingly handsome assistant thwarting her at every turn, Inez must rely on ancient magic to uncover the truth about her parent's disappearance-or risk becoming a pawn in a larger game that will kill her.
Author Reviews for What the River Knows
'Take a plucky heroine, a historically grounded Indiana Jones-esque adventure through Ancient Egypt, and add a surprising dollop of magic - it's a recipe for a delightful read' JODI PICOULT
'What the River Knows has it all: page-turning mystery, adventure, intrigue and betrayal, laugh-out-loud banter, and slow-burn romance' MARY E. PEARSON
'A truly enchanting work of storytelling. All the stars' HEATHER FAWCETT
'Ibanez's worldbuilding is masterful, and the chemistry between her characters is swoon worthy' ELIZABETH LIM
Isabel Ibanez is the author of Together We Burn, Written in Starlight, and Woven in Moonlight (Page Street), a finalist for the William C. Morris Award, and is listed among Time Magazine's 100 Best Fantasy Books Of All Time. She was born in Boca Raton, Florida, and is the proud daughter of Bolivian immigrants. Isabel has a profound appreciation for history and traveling and loves hosting family and friends around the dinner table. She currently lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, with her husband, their adorable dog, and a serious collection of books. Say hi on social media at @IsabelWriter09.