Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Publication: Strange Chemistry (May 6, 2014)
Description: Hanna has spent her life hearing about the adventures of her namesake Ananna, the lady pirate, and assassin Naji. She dreams of the same adventures, but little does she know she is about to tumble into one of her own. Hanna is apprenticed to a taciturn fisherman called Kolur, and, during a day of storms and darkness, are swept wildly off course.
In this strange new land, Kolur hires a stranger to join the crew and, rather than heading home, sets a course for the dangerous island of Jadanvar. As Hanna meets a secretive merboy, and learns that Kolur has a deadly past, she soon realises that wishing for adventures is a dangerous game - because those wishes might come true.
My Thoughts: Hanna has always wanted adventure. She has grown up with the stories of her namesake Ananna. She, however, is just an apprentice to a fisherman and a young woman who has a little magic. But when her life turns into an adventure, she finds out that adventures are better once they are over and have entered the realm of stories.
On a routine fishing trip with her master Kolur, she learns that the trip is anything but routine. Kolur has been hiding that he is a sea mage and that he once had a romance with the Queen of Jandanvar. Now this queen is planning to marry a creature from the Mists. Kolur wants to stop them as do his companion Frida and a mysterious boy from the sea named Isolfr. Hanna is angry that she was swept off on this adventure without her consent. She leaves the rest of them when they arrive at an island called Tulja where she gets work on a fishing boat and makes friends.
However, the Mists are still targeting her and her friends. Hanna has lots of adventures and lots of problems to solve as she learns more.
The story was exciting and filled with adventure. I was intrigued with the magic in the story. I also liked Hanna and was eager to see her succeed. I can't wait for the next book in the series because, while this doesn't really end on a cliffhanger, it does still leave the major problem unsolved.
"Gods! No one will tell me anything."I got this eARC at NetGalley. You can get your copy here.
"Because you're young and ignorance will better serve you. Come, before Kolur leaves us behind."