Ahoy there me mateys! I discovered this novella with the premise of “Pirates. Sharks. And a woman walking across the sea in a storm.” Well a sea story always strikes me fancy and with a tagline like that I decided to give it a go. At 75 pages this was a fast and enjoyable read.
The story begins with Captain Patara and his crew, fleeing pirates in a massive storm. They find a woman walking on the waves and take her aboard. Obviously she is no normal passenger.
Parara is the central figure in the story and I truly liked him. He is pragmatic and hardworking and kinda stubborn. Among his crew is his son, Ashturma. He is an idealist and a bit of a dreamer. The two figures have been at odds for some time. The woman they have picked up, Idhaji, is a mage on a mission. Her presence causes tensions to rise between father and son.
The magic in this novella was light but a tantalizing glimpse of a bigger structure. The world building was fairly simple but drawn well. And the ending! Well it was unexpected and made me smile because of it.
Apparently at the author’s website, ye can get a free copy of the novella if ye join his mailing list. Or the kindle version appears to be 99 cents.
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
Pirates. Sharks. And a woman walking across the sea in a storm.
Patara is returning from a trade voyage when he is chased by pirates and runs through a storm—and then he catches a woman walking atop the waves and speaking to the sea. He and his crew pull her out of the water, only to find that they’ve caught more than they bargained for. Will Patara sacrifice his cargo and his livelihood to save the last member of a mystic tradition?
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