'The Drowned Woods' Book Club Readalong Day 7!

By: OwlCrate . Photo By: @pieladybooks

Welcome back to the final day of our book club readalong for OwlCrate's August book, The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones!

Just a reminder that this will be a SPOILER discussion for Chapters 25 to the end of The Drowned Woods, so make sure you read are finished before continuing.

Discussion questions are listed below, and anyone who participates in the comments will be entered to win a free OwlCrate box! Don't forget, you can also post about the readalong on Instagram with the hashtag #OCTheDrownedWoods for another chance to win! I will be selecting the winners on Wednesday, September 28th!

The story concludes...

Chapter 25:
Mer and Fane scale the outside of the castell, trying to avoid the guards that are looking for them. Mer brings them into Renfrew's study through the window, knowing the prince’s rooms are just down the hallway. Mer opens the door, and as she does so three guards take them, and Mer starts to panic. Seeing no other way, and giving in to his power not in order to save everyone, but to specifically save Mer, Fane starts to fight.

Chapter 26:
Mer makes it to the prince’s quarters, knocking his guards unconscious. She tells him what is coming, demands he get the people out. He eventually believes her and agrees, sending another guard to do his bidding. Mer realizes she cannot stop the sea, but maybe she can buy them some time.

Chapter 27:
Fane had killed the three guards who attacked Mer, but word got out from the prince to not fight him any longer. Left alone in the hallway, his magic retreated. Mer finds him and tells him to flee the city. And he realizes that she won’t be coming with him. Before they say their goodbyes, they kiss.

Chapter 28:
Ifanna and the guild have managed to get people out of the city with some sort of order. Fane catches up to her, and tells her of Mer’s decision.

Chapter 29:
Mer held back the ocean for as long as she possibly could, but eventually the ocean wins.

Chapter 30:
Fane awakes in the night with iron pulling his senses to the sea. He finds Mer’s body, and decides the otherfolk owe him one more life. He uses the cauldron he took from the Wellspring to boil water and cool it, then pours it into Mer’s mouth. It brings her back to life.

A bard turns the story into legend. Mer and Fane return the cauldron to the otherfolk, who in turn take away Fane’s magic and grant them a home in a small village. They sit on a hill where their future house will be, holding hands, and Mer puts her hand to the ground to bring up water for a well.



  1. That's the book! Most importantly - did you like it?
  2. What do you think has happened to the prince?
  3. The Drowned Woods is set in the same world as The Bone Houses - did you catch the connection?
  4. Would you read other books set in this world?

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