An email pinged into my inbox, “Would I like to read Sea, the first of The Huntress trilogy by Sarah Driver?”. My eldest son looked over my shoulder and declared that it looked like an interesting book and could he read it. I told him yes on the condition that he wrote a review for Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays. Over to Jake ……
Mouse lives with Sparrow her brother, grandmother and friends on the sailing trade ship called The Huntress in a land ruled by land and sea tribes. Mouse is the next in line for captaincy of The Huntress after her Grandma dies as her mother is dead. She looks after Sparrow, who suffers from shaking fits. One day her father goes missing and is presumed to be dead when mysterious man is welcomed on to the boat holding her fathers bloodied cloak. Mouse refuses to believe him and that night finds a message on the sail on the model of The Huntress that she and her father made together, it was not there the last time she looked. The message tells her to find the three Storm Opals. These magical stones when reunited with their crown will bring about the peace in all tribes.
Mouse’s first quest is on the Sea, magic is all around both good and evil. Whilst all this is going on the friendly whales are under threat. One day, when Sparrow has a fit many lives are put in danger, are his fits all tied up with the magic?
Overall this book had me captivated and I read it for hours on end wondering where it would take me next. With many excellent complex magical characters, no one felt linear or dull which helped me connect with many of the characters. When I got to the end I was left wanting to know what was next for Mouse and if she could complete her task for peace. I will be looking out for the next books in the trilogy.
WE WERE SENT A REVIEW COPY OF THE HUNTRESS: SEA BY THE PUBLISHER VIA NETGALLEY IN RETUN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.
SEA (THE HUNTRESS TRILOGY) by Sarah Driver
Published by Egmont UK
Paperback £6.99, Kindle £4.31