Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke.
Publication date: May 6th 2014 by Strange Chemistry.
Sort: The Hanna duology #1.
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
All Hanna Euli wants is to become a proper witch – but unfortunately, she’s stuck as an apprentice to a grumpy fisherman. When their boat gets caught up in a mysterious storm and blown wildly off course, Hanna finds herself further away from home than she’s ever been before. As she tries to get back, she learns there may be more to her apprentice master than she realized, especially when a mysterious, beautiful, and very non-human boy begins following her through the ocean, claiming that he needs Hanna’s help.
Hanna is an apprentice for fisherman Kolur. She can practice her wind magic on their trips, but this time they end up in a magical storm and they are blown to a place far from their hometown. Kolur adds another woman to their group, also a wind magician, and he sets sail for a journey. Hanna has no idea what is happening, so she escapes and starts to work with another fisher boat for money. The problem is, she is still haunted by the ‘Mist’, which is a group of monsters lead by one man. Her new friend, the not-so-human boy, is warning her. She must help Kolur on his journey or the Mist will become even more powerful.
First off, Cassandra managed to write another story with a great world-building. I liked all the different powers, the way she describes the sea and the villages Hanna visits. The only thing is that I wish to see even more of it. The middle part of the book is more about Hanna and her work on the boat. When I came to that point, I wish there was more action or character interaction. I don’t have the feeling I know much about Hanna at this point, only that she can take care or herself and that she is quite intelligent. It was fun to see her magic grow and how she starts to get more control over it.
The Mist is something I remember from The assassin’s curse. The girl Hanna is named after defeated them, but apparently they are back and more dangerous than ever. The idea behind the journey is great and I can’t wait to see how that is going to unravel in the sequel. Hanna’s friend make sure that we know how horrible it is if the Mist succeeds with their plan.
Overall, a good, solid fantasy book, but I hope that the sequel provides more action and character connection.