Divine Rivals

Divine Rivals

Science Fiction & Fantasy, Childrens, Teen & Young Adult, Teen & Young Adult Fiction
Hardback Published on: 13/04/2023
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Divine Rivals
Enemies to Lovers? We love to see it
4.5 stars Reading an ARC of this has been both a blessing and a curse. A blessing in that I have had to wait less time to enjoy this book, and a curse in ... READ MORE
Divine Rivals
Really charming!
Iris and Roman are rival journalists at the Oath Gazette, and only one of them will earn the position of columnist – but when tragedy strikes Iris' life, b... READ MORE
Clara at Barnet
Divine Rivals
If you haven’t read this, then you need too
Two journalists with two magically linked typewriters anonymously write to one another, except he knows exactly who she is, and she’s clueless to the fact ... READ MORE
Divine Rivals
Screaming, Crying, Throwing Up
First, I want to thank Harper Collins for sending me a copy in exchange for a review. This was so so good! A mash up (in my head at least) of WWII fashion... READ MORE
Anna at Bluewater
Divine Rivals
Stunning, Stunning, Stunning.
It's not every day I read a book that leaves such an impression on me. I read Divine Rivals almost two months ago now and have not stopped thinking about ... READ MORE
Bill at Solihull
Divine Rivals
Absolutely stunning!
Divine Rivals is an exquisitely beautiful fantasy romance, but also a novel about a magical war and the devastating impact it has on all those involved. T... READ MORE
Laura at Blackpool
Divine Rivals
Something new and unique!
I really enjoyed Rebecca's 'A River Enchanted' series so was super excited to see that she's started something new with Divine Rivals, and boy did it not d... READ MORE
Rowan Maddock
Divine Rivals
A stunning start to a new series!
After hearing so many amazing reviews I knew I had to give this story a go! And honestly I’m so glad I did! This is such a cosy and fun story with a hi... READ MORE
Chloe at Meadowhall
Divine Rivals
A Fantastic Fantasy!
A big thank you to HarperInsider for sending me a proof! 'After centuries of sleep, the gods have awakened and a war has begun. Iris has to see her brothe... READ MORE
Sarina Thomas
Divine Rivals
A brilliant historical, romance, magical mystery!
Rebecca Ross is a master of the light fantasy, historical-esque, romance! Divine Rival finds us in a vaguely World War I inspired world, where gods have re... READ MORE
Jess at Waterstones Lincoln High St
Divine Rivals
An emotional rollercoaster!
War wages between two great gods, who have enlisted humans to fight for them. Budding journalist Iris Winnows brother Forest enlists and is deployed to the... READ MORE
 Roberta at Altrincham
Divine Rivals
Divine, sublime, transcendent
I am so glad to have FINALLY come across a fantasy that I could give 5 stars to this year!!! I find that the best things happen when you’re not searchi... READ MORE
Molly Foskett
Divine Rivals
in this first of a duology we follow iris who is a journalist at the gazette, she constantly has to put up with her annoying rival and fierce competitor ro... READ MORE
Divine Rivals
The best book I’ve read this year!
Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a proof copy of this book! The gods have woken and war has come. Iris and Roman are colleagues at the... READ MORE
Charlotte at Waterstones Ashford
Divine Rivals
A Beautifully Heart Breaking Rivals to Lovers Story
As much as I love stories about heroes that save the world and defeat the villains, this is the fantasy story I have been craving for years. A story about ... READ MORE
Divine Rivals
A Cute Little YA Enemies to Lovers!
This story follows two journalists fighting it out for a promotion only one will obtain. Both from very different backgrounds. Iris has been writing to her... READ MORE
Megan from Wolverhampton
Divine Rivals
Heartbreaking page upon page.
A beautifully written story. Not typically my style of fantasy but a beloved author of mine from early works. As a sister who often writes longingly to a... READ MORE
Ella-Mae from Lewes
Divine Rivals
Magical typewriters, rivals to lovers and warring Gods!
Magical, romantic, heart wrenching, this book totally took me by surprise! We have everything from enemies to lovers, magical typewriters, warring Gods, an... READ MORE
saskia  Meadows
Divine Rivals
Mythology, rivals to lovers, and a war-torn backdrop!
Divine Rivals is part romance, part mythological epic, part war fiction, all tied together into an emotional and vivid novel of love, loss, and violence. ... READ MORE
Morgan at Exeter Roman Gate
Divine Rivals
Rushes important plot points
Keeping the stakes low, the driving force behind this YA fantasy was its wholesome romance. The novel was atmospheric and beautifully written but the endin... READ MORE
Sophie at Windsor
Divine Rivals
An Epic Romance that's More Than Just Paper and Passion
“It's odd, how quickly life can change, isn't it? How one little thing like typing a letter can open a door you never saw. A transcendent connection. A div... READ MORE
Celina, Waterstones Liverpool One
Divine Rivals
Romantic and enchanting!
I absolutely loved the historical and faintly magical world the book is set in, it’s familiar but the threads of magic make it spellbinding and enchanting.... READ MORE
Rachel McCadden
Divine Rivals
This book was Divine!
This book really took me by surprise! I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. It’s such a fresh and original book that really has nothing like it in... READ MORE
Lydia at Trafford Centre
Divine Rivals
My favourite book of 2023
I absolutely LOVED this book. I was very grateful to receive an advanced copy from the publisher and finished it within a day or so. It got me out of a rea... READ MORE
Divine Rivals
Pure yet harrowing!
The gods are real and they hate each other and that has some serious repercussions for humans. This book was great, pure, wholesome, yet harrowing and s... READ MORE
Rebecca at Twickenham
Divine Rivals
An incredibly immersive world
I was a bit late to the party in reading this as I was so scared it wouldn't live up to the hype but it absolutely did! The world building is incredible al... READ MORE
Eleanor Symonds
Divine Rivals
This book will leave you swooning (and asking for more)
THE fantasy book of 2023, Divine Rivals was an absolute joy and heartbreak to read! An academic rivals-to-lovers that begs to be consumed in one sitting, t... READ MORE
Léa at Brighton
Divine Rivals
Beautiful Fantasy Romance
With just one book, I have became Rebecca Ross’ biggest fan. This is a stunning introduction to her work and this series. So beautifully written with excit... READ MORE
Molly at East Kilbride
Divine Rivals
A perfect cosy read!
I absolutely loved Iris and Roman’s story and I cannot wait to read the second installment. At first it was a bit slow and I was hoping for a more intense ... READ MORE
Loren  at Windsor


No god, no creature, no war can come between them.

When two young rival journalists find love through a magical connection, their fate depends on their facing the depths of hell... together.

After centuries of sleep, the gods are warring again...

All eighteen-year-old Iris Winnow wants to do is hold her family together. With a brother on the frontline forced to fight on behalf of the Gods now missing from the frontline and a mother drowning her sorrows, Iris's best bet is winning the columnist promotion at the Oath Gazette.

But when Iris's letters to her brother fall into the wrong hands - that of the handsome but cold Roman Kitt, her rival at the paper - an unlikely magical connection forms.

Expelled into the middle of a mystical war, magical typewriters in tow, can their bond withstand the fight for the fate of mankind and, most importantly, love?

An epic enemies-to-lovers fantasy novel filled with hope and heartbreak, and the unparalleled power of love.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008588151
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 580g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 35 mm

Customer Reviews

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Divine Rivals
A book I couldn't put down!
4.5 stars • Rivals to lovers • Found Family • Secret Identity • Magical Realism • Upper YA (due to heavy themes, see TW below) Divine Rivals is my favour... READ MORE
Divine Rivals
An 'enemies to lovers' YA fantasy with a whole lot of heart and gumption!
I haven't enjoyed a YA this much since reading Leigh Bardugo's 'Six of Crows' for the first time. Fabulous characters, intriguing world building and an 'en... READ MORE
Penelope Bullock
Divine Rivals
cute / entertaining / captivating
**4,5/5** Favorite character: Iris / Roman Three words: cute / entertaining / captivating Favorite quote: In the meantime, I hope you will find your place... READ MORE
Divine Rivals
Very good, but with a few misgivings.
I enjoyed this story (as a writer I loved the enchanted typewriters). I realise it is a YA book, but I think the characters needed to be a couple of Years ... READ MORE
Helen Dagger
Divine Rivals
Divine Rivals is a truly outstanding read!
From the first page I knew that I would love this book so much, there were those nostalgic vibes, I felt that autumn scent in the air, the words flowed one... READ MORE
Divine Rivals
Wow! Gods, rivals and a romance full of yearning!
Usually when I heard the term historical fiction, I run the other way. But when I read the synopsis of Divine Rivals, the title and summary itself made me ... READ MORE
Shijia MK
Divine Rivals
Where Gods fight a war with human soldiers and two humans are rivals for best newspaper article
I really liked this book. Imagine a world where Gods exist and are waging a war, and human soldiers also fight. Imagine that this takes place around the ... READ MORE
Divine Rivals
A battle of Gods and hearts
Look, I'm going to need to stop reading books so early if they end like this. just THAT CLIFFHANGER. wow. Okay so Divine Rivals is the story of Iris Winno... READ MORE
Divine Rivals
Story :
I adore books that bring light to the end of the dark tunnel, and Rebecca Ross' Divine Rivals is just that! I am a big fan of Ross because in every book of... READ MORE
Desislava Kostadinova
Divine Rivals
Delightfully witty
Divine rivals is completely captivating and dangerously immersive. I love how charming and heartbreaking this book was, from the lore of the gods to Winnow... READ MORE
Alice Blackwell
Divine Rivals
So good.
this book was unlike anything i have ever read before, but it was so good i actually can’t cope. Iris and Roman had me kicking my feet and giggling the who... READ MORE
grace mcbride
Divine Rivals
An unexpected love
I started reading this just as the weather was turning to colder and rainier days - I can’t recommend it enough for the perfect comfort in the autumnal day... READ MORE
Imogen Dodds
Divine Rivals
So cute xoxoxoox
Loved it , cover was gorgalicious, super sure story xoxoxooxox
Zara Rehman
Divine Rivals
I'm struggling to find the words to describe this book, because it is so beyond anything I could have ever imagined. Ross has such an incredible way wit... READ MORE
Divine Rivals
5/5 stars.
An amazing, well-crafted story, the plot is so appealing, gorgeous chemistry between the love interests but the ending broke me!
Eve King
Divine Rivals
Best book of 2023
So romantic (not smut) and sweetest love story with magic typewriters! Loved this one so much
Marisa C Gray
Divine Rivals
This is another book I saw hyped on TikTok but the synopsis drew me in
In a world where the gods are at war, 18-year-old Iris Winnow is distraught when her brother replies to the call to arms. However, having to get on with li... READ MORE
Hannah Marie Brankley
Divine Rivals
It’s fresh, and rich, and achingly romantic.
It took me a long time to pick this up because I could never discern what the tone was meant to be. So let me say, first and foremost, this is a tale of ma... READ MORE
Mikaela Tauiliili
Divine Rivals
An Absolutely Stunning Historical Fantasy
Divine Rivals is a book that I have been dying to get my hands on from the moment I first heard about it. Last year in 2022, I read my first Rebecca Ross s... READ MORE
Kayleigh K-Books
Divine Rivals
The best YA book I’ve ever read!
This book was able to make me finish it in one day since I purchased it, it also made me fall in love with reading once again. It has everything that I lov... READ MORE
Barbora  Dzurkova
Divine Rivals
I really do love this book, it plays with my emotions (I'm a very emotional person) , the story and plot are great! if you're thinking of getting it , plea... READ MORE
Gabi  Dirzininkaite
Divine Rivals
please pick this up, it is SO beautiful !!
thank goodness i bought the sequel before i finished! i’m so excited to start reading it already. anyways, this book is beautiful, eloquently written, wi... READ MORE
Caitlen A S Quinn
Divine Rivals
A story that will make you grow more curious with every page you turn
This was wonderful. To me, this is the kind of book that binds you through the writing - it was beautifully written. I especially loved the way the lette... READ MORE
Emilie Christine
Divine Rivals
Book is amazing, shipping is not.
The book is one of my favorite reads, but I’m disappointed in the way Waterstones ships their books. You would think they would put a little care into ship... READ MORE
Jaime Soper