Hanna lives in an island in the north and is the apprentice of a fisherman: her true dream is to live great adventures – as her mother, an ex-pirate did – and to become a great magician by enhancing some skills she already shows.
The novel promises magic and adventure, in truth it provides sailing boats and fish.
Kolur, for whom Hanna works, apparently a normal and boring fisherman, one day drags the girl into an unexpected voyage towards the north because he has a duty to carry on.
What this duty is the reader will know at least about half the novel: until the half the reader will face, in a recurring and ciclical way, the following situations:
- Hanna is angry because she demands to know the purpose of the trip
- Hanna wants to go back home (despite her great desire of adventure she stressed about at the beginning)
- Hanna does not trust Kolur but trust the first people she meets (a boy coming from the waves, groups of fishermen)
- people asking Hanna if she comes from the Empire (the worldbuild is so poor – except when it concernes fishing sessions – that the only knowlege about this Empire is that it is in the South)
- Kolur who refuses to explain the reason of the trip
Since half the novel and till the end the reader will face some fishing session in the North (different fishes), a slightly development and unraveling of the plot (finally we know the reason of all this trip and this sailing) and Hanna who keeps changing her mind about everything: she does not trust Kolur, she searches for Kolur, she wants to go back home, she refuses to go home with Kolur and the previous crew.
To conclude: it’s the kind of novel I do not like, the worldbuild is too rough and poor, the reader is kept in the dark – and for a very long time – about the purpose of the key characters, but he has to bear Hanna’s thoughts and reflections, being her a character that keeps changing her mind and poorly described.
I liked a lot The Mad Scientist’s Daughter but I truly suggest to avoid this novel, unless someones likes boats, fishes and moody young adults.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.
* The Wizard’s Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke ★☆☆☆☆
*I read this book in English