Sea – Sarah Driver

ISBN; 9781405284677. Published 6th April 2017 by Egmont Publishing. With thanks to Netgalley for supplying me with a Ecopy.

In the sky, the fire spirits dance and ripple. Grandma says they showed our Tribe that I’d be a captain, before I was even born.

Ever since Ma died, Mouse has looked after her little brother, Sparrow, dreaming of her destiny as captain of the Huntress. But now Da’s missing, Sparrow is in danger, and a deathly cold is creeping across Trianukka . . .

Sea-churning, beast-chattering, dream-dancing, whale-riding, terrodyl-flying, world-saving adventure. The first book in a stunning new fantasy adventure trilogy, perfect for readers aged 9+ and fans of Philip Pullman, Piers Torday, Abi Elphinstone, Katherine Rundell and Frances Hardinge.

With this book it was entirely the cover, and the fact that it is based around the sea, that sold me. The cover is gorgeous. The colour combinations and the font works perfectly for the story inside.

Unfortunately, I struggled with the writing style of this book. The plot was great and has a lot of potential going into the sequels. It’s a shame that some places just felt like they were filler moment.

Due to some of the language used, I’m not sure how many 9year olds would be able to finish and understand it. I do hope that the characters and the plot will be enough for them to enjoy it though!

3 our of 5 stars.

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