RT Book Reviews: Top Pick! The first book in Bedford’s new historical fantasy series, Rowankind, seamlessly blends history, magical lore, high-seas adventure and romance into one fantastic story. Bedford crafts emotionally complex relationships and interesting secondary characters while carefully building an innovative yet familiar world. Skilled, brave and smart, the heroine, Ross, bust untangle a web of competing loyalties, hidden agendas and self-delusion in order to decide how to act. The ending satisfies while enticing readers to return to explore the world further.