What the River Knows by Isabel Ibañez Book Review

What the River Knows by Isabel Ibanez book review

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What the River Knows by Isabel Ibañez is a exciting story full of magic and ancient Egyptian archeology. If you are looking for an interesting story that combines genres, then I would recommend it!


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What the River Knows

Author: Isabel Ibañez

Pub. Date: Oct. 31, 2023

Series: Secrets of the Nile Book 1

Genre: NA/YA Historical Fantasy

Pages: 416

Rating: 5 stars

Spice: 1 heart

Content Warnings: death of parents, swearing, kidnapping, & murder


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 the most: her globetrotting parents–who frequently leave her behind.

When she receives word of their tragic deaths, Inez inherits their massive fortune and a mysterious guardian, an archeologist in partnership with his Egyptian brother-in-law. Yearning for answers, Inez sails to Cairo, bringing her sketch pads and a 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.


Book Review

Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for the eARC of What the River Knows by Isabel Ibañez. All opinions are my own.




This is a historical fiction book with magical elements sprinkled throughout. The fascinating world of 1800s Egypt made me so excited to read this book and kept my interested throughout the whole story.

I also loved the bits of forbidden romance and can’t wait to see where that goes in book two.

After finishing the ARC of this book, I immediately pre-ordered a copy for myself because I know I’ll definitely re-read it before book two comes out next year.

One thing I really liked about this book was all of the plot twists and that I never knew who I could trust. It kept me on my toes and made me want to stay up late reading.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone that likes magical stories, ancient Egypt, and forbidden romances.


Where to Read & Purchase

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