The Navigator’s Touch
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 Northern Sea.
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.
“[An] exciting and violent quest with mostly female leads and fascinating mythology … VERDICT This companion novel elevates the captivating stories of mermaid Ersel and warrior-captain Ragna introduced in The Seafarer's Kiss. Fans of mythology adventures will embrace this high-action, emotional, and gory tale." — School Library Journal
"In this haunting novel set in a world inspired by Norse mythology, Ember refreshingly places a number of queer and gender nonbinary characters at the forefront, all rendered with nuanced care." — Kirkus Reviews
"[…] A compelling fantasy novel about a queer shieldmaiden and her mermaid companion. Ember breathes new life into the genre with a pleasingly diverse rollicking tale that gives a nod to J.M. Barrie and sits comfortably alongside fellow SFF queer authors Seanan Mcguire and Catherynne M. Valente. " — Kaite Welsh, author of Wages of Sin.