REVIEW: Sea (The Huntress Trilogy #1) by Sarah Driver
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.
Publisher: Egmont (6 April 2017)
Sometimes you read a book’s blurb and even though it doesn’t give too much away, you just have an inkling it’s going to be your kind of book. What I didn’t guess was that I’d sit down and consume the entire thing in one sitting… Good thing I had a free day!
Sea tells the story of thirteen year old Mouse whose home is The Huntress, the ship she is one day destined to captain. She looks after her brother, Sparrow, a sickly child but a gifted whale singer; keeping the promise she made to her mother. Life aboard The Huntress is chaotic and dangerous, from the dangers of other tribes to the potentially deadly terrodyl attacks. Mouse loves the sea, her family and her home, and there’s nowhere she’d rather be.
I will readily admit that it took several pages to get used to the language and style of the book, but once you do, you are rewarded with a rich and fascinating story and characters. Mouse’s voice is strong and distinctive, and the tribes language beautifully descriptive (though I appreciate this won’t be to everyone’s liking); I particularly love the use of phrases like heart-glad, heart-thanks and heart-sick.
This is world building done right and done well. It’s so beautifully detailed you get swept up in the story which manages to keep a good pace yet still feels almost lyrical in places (the whale singing is a prime example). Before you know it, you’ll have lost several hours and emerge wondering just how you’ll manage the wait until book 2 is released.
N.B. A review copy was provided via Netgalley in return for my unbiased opinion.