Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Wizard's Promise (review)

4/5 stars

Have you ever read a few books from an author and you thought "They just get what I need" each time you read one?  That's how I've felt with three Cassandra Rose Clarke books I've read and The Wizard's Promise (Goodreads | Amazon) once again was just right for me.  The world she first build with The Assassin's Curse (review here) is the type of place I just want to keep visiting again and again.

As expected, The Wizard's Promise gives us the adventures of a strong and stubborn girl, this time Hanna who goes off on her own adventure.  A fisherman's apprentice, Hannah worries that she'll never get to go on adventures like her namesake Ananna of the Tanarau and that she'll never get a chance to learn enough to be a proper village.

But like all the best adventure books, that changes quickly when Hannah is swept up in an adventure on the high seas. She learns that the fisherman she's apprenticing isn't exactly what he seems and ends up far away from home where she begins to discover more about her own magic, the world and faces the threatening otherworldly creatures from the Mists.

Hanna is not just Ananna remade, but her own character.  She's not quite as wild as her namesake but she's independent and strong in a quieter way.  This is a fun, rollicking adventure on the high sea with magic and mystery.  Sometimes that's exactly what I want, and Cassandra Rose Clarke continues to deliver.

I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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