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Dark Water Daughter (The Winter Sea #1)

By H.M. Long
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Publisher Description

A stormsinger and pirate hunter join forces against a deathless pirate lord in this swashbuckling Jacobean adventure on the high-seas.

Launching the Winter Sea series, full of magic, betrayal, redemption and fearsome women, for readers of Adrienne Young, R. J. Barker and Naomi Novik.

Mary Firth is a Stormsinger: a woman whose voice can still hurricanes and shatter armadas. Faced with servitude to pirate lord Silvanus Lirr, Mary offers her skills to his arch-rival in exchange for protection - and, more importantly, his help sending Lirr to a watery grave. But her new ally has a vendetta of his own, and Mary's dreams are dark and full of ghistings, spectral creatures who inhabit the ancient forests of her homeland and the figureheads of ships.

Samuel Rosser is a disgraced naval officer serving aboard The Hart, an infamous privateer commissioned to bring Lirr to justice. He will stop at nothing to capture Lirr, restore his good name and reclaim the only thing that stands between himself and madness: a talisman stolen by Mary.

Finally, driven into the eternal ice at the limits of their world, Mary and Samuel must choose their loyalties and battle forces older and more powerful than the pirates who would make them slaves.

Come sail the Winter Sea, for action-packed, high-stakes adventures, rich characterisation and epic plots full of intrigue and betrayal.

5 Reviews

3.5
Thumbs Up“This was a fun and magical pirate adventure that sometimes got pretty dark. I feel like it was missing something for me but I can’t exactly put my finger on it.”
Reviewed in:Fantasy & Foolery
“2⭐️ It is finished. It is done. I feel like Frodo after the ring is destroyed. Reading this book was nothing short of exhausting…the magic system which seemed truly interesting at first ultimately made no sense, the world building was so shallow and full of contradictions (although the woman definitely researched her nautical and clothing terms), the pacing somehow managed to constantly move forward and yet accomplish little to no development as it did so, and the main characters were so indistinguishable and bland that I kind of wanted the villain to win at the end and fill them all with magical creatures - at least they might have had personalities and believable motivations. Rant aside, what this book lacked was a home base. It jumped around from location to location every chapter that you never got the chance to attach yourself to any of the characters, and the “relationships” between characters weren’t given any proper time to develop. It ultimately made for a fast paced bore fest following a girl, who didn’t seem to have any agency whatsoever, be tossed around from one villain to the next while random mini chapters info dumped the lore that it was too lazy to explore within the actual narrative. Full pass on this series for me.”
“Wow! Pirates and weather sirens what is not to love”

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