Deep Roots (The Innsmouth Legacy #2) by Ruthanna Emrys book review



Aphra Marsh, descendant of the People of the Water, has survived Deep One internment camps and made a grudging peace with the government that destroyed her home and exterminated her people on land. Aphra’s journey to rebuild her life and family on land, as she tracks down long-lost relatives on land. She must repopulate Innsmouth or risk seeing it torn down by greedy developers, but as she searches she discovers that people have been going missing. She will have to unravel the mystery or risk seeing her way of life slip away.


Fans of Lovecraft are sure to fall in love with this novel! While being the second book in the series, and me not having read the first, this book stood just fine on its own and nothing felt lost to me. The writing drew me in immediately and I could almost hear the characters voice ring in my head and the sound effects surrounding them. From page one I could not put it down! This quickly became a “one-click” read for me.

While this does ring reminiscent of Lovecraft’s works there are vast differences. The author has her own unique voice in his world. This book shines out and gives us a new age feel to these books we grew up with and loved so dearly. This wonderfully written cast shows us the more “human” side of things and what is to be on a deeper level wrapped around a much larger universe and what our scale is upon it.

Lovecraft once wrote a novel called The Shadow Over Innsmouth and now in this novel Deep Roots, Emry’s gives a world built upon that and how Aphra must rebuild what has been destroyed and try to stop developers from taking away everything for their own selfish gains. ideally in this novel we see how what looks monstrous on the outside is not quite as monstrous inside. That maybe as humans we are much more monstrous than the mythos would make us to believe. I feel that allegorically this novel is intended on some small sub level to so just that.

This novel to me is definitely character driven as it dwells heavily upon our actions and personality. I know some said this book relies heavily on plot and while that may be so, i see this having full effect from characters and their own motivations. I definitely need to read book one to this novel! I can’t wait! 5 stars from me and now an avid fan of Ruthanna Emrys.


  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: (July 10, 2018)
  • Buy Me: Amazon

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