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The Navigator's Touch (The Seafarer's Kiss #2) by Julia Ember Blog Tour with Excerpt :)
The Navigator's Touch (The
Seafarer's Kiss #2) by Julia Ember
Publication Date: September
Publisher: Duet Books,
the YA imprint of Interlude Press
After invaders destroyed her village,
murdered her family, and took her prisoner, shield-maiden Ragna is
hungry for revenge. A trained warrior, she is ready to fight for her
home, but with only a mermaid and a crew of disloyal mercenaries to
aid her, Ragna knows she needs new allies. Guided by the magical maps
on her skin, battling storms and mutiny, Ragna sets sail across the
She petitions the Jarl in Skjordal for
aid, but despite Ragna’s rank and fighting ability, the Jarl sees
only a young girl, too inexperienced to lead, unworthy of help. To
prove herself to the Jarl and win her crew’s respect, Ragna
undertakes a dangerous expedition. But when forced to decide between
her own freedom and the fate of her crew, what will she sacrifice to
save what’s left of her home?
Inspired by Norse mythology and J.M.
Barrie’s Peter Pan, this companion novel to The Seafarer’s Kiss
is a tale of vengeance, valor, honor, and redemption.
Julia Ember is the author of The
Seafarer's Kiss and The Navigator's Touch, as well as several novellas and short stories for young adults. Originally from Chicago,
Julia now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her hobbies include riding
horses, starting far too many craft projects, and looking after her
city-based menagerie of pets with names from Harry Potter. She
regularly takes part in events for queer teens. A world traveler
since childhood, she has now visited more than sixty countries.
shiver of great white sharks trailed our ship as we rowed through the
Trap. Their grey fins glimmered like tiny sails in the low Arctic sun
– live vessels waiting to deliver us to Valhalla should we deviate
from the course and fall victim to the Icebergs.
deck, another, more vicious sort of shark waited to devour me. I
could feel the hungry eyes of my crew on my back as I squinted into
the distant horizon. If any of them could have navigated the narrow
pass and rough seas on their own, without my magic, I’d have been
sacrificed to Aegir weeks ago. If I fell into the water here, even
the mermaid who clung to the ship’s dragonhead bow wouldn’t be
able to save me.
lifted my arm and studied my tattoos. Our route through the icebergs
etched its way across my skin. The map stretched from my bicep to the
raw, scarred skin of my wrist. It stopped abruptly where the silver
hook began. The blue ink of the markings shifted in time with the
ship’s movements. Miniscule runes detailed ancient, underwater
cities and forgotten mountains, lost to the advancing sea.
frothy wave broke over the ship’s bow, spraying us with cold water
as sharp as needles. I used my remaining hand to shield my face, but
Ersel laughed as water splashed her skin. While we humans shivered
under our sodden animal pelts, the mermaid relished the blast of the
Northern Sea. She dangled over the waves, unperturbed by the sharks
circling beneath the hull. Her eight aquamarine tentacles curled
around the forward stempost, and her arms splayed as she embraced the
ocean’s icy kiss. Her cheeks were flushed, and her topaz eyes were
bright with delight.
my head, I braced myself on the mast and turned to face the oarsmen.
“Shift windward!” I barked. “There’s a berg ahead.”
An annotated paperback copy of
both books in the series
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