The Navigator's Touch

The Navigator's Touch

3.92 (238 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.92 (238 ratings by Goodreads)
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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 6 x 228 x 152mm | 322g
  • Duet Books
  • Nyack, United States
  • English
  • 1945053704
  • 9781945053702
  • 642,550

Review quote

"In this haunting novel set in a world inspired by Norse mythology, Ember (The Seafarer's Kiss, 2017, etc.) refreshingly places a number of queer and gender nonbinary characters at the forefront, all rendered with nuanced care."--Kirkus Reviews

"The final book in a duology, Julia Ember makes good on the promises she made in The Seafarer's Kiss with a compelling fantasy novel about a queer shieldmaiden and her mermaid companion. Fantasy rooted in Norse mythology is starting to feel cliched at this point, but 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 queer SFF authors Seanan Mcguire and Catherynne M. Valente. A strong second novel that leaves the reader eager for whatever Ember has in store for us next."--Kaite Welsh, author of Wages of Sin
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About Julia Ember

Julia Ember is the author of The Seafarer's Kiss duology and Ruinsong. Her work has been featured in USA Today, Bustle, Book Riot and Autostraddle, among many other prominent outlets. Julia has a lifelong appreciation for history and classic literature, and holds an MLitt in Medieval Literature from the University of St. Andrews. She currently lives in Seattle with her wife, two cats and a very fluffy pony.
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Rating details

238 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 32% (75)
4 37% (87)
3 25% (59)
2 6% (15)
1 1% (2)
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