I had the privilege of reading a proof of The Witch of Salt and Storm which is due to be released in September!
Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whale men safe and prosperous at sea. But before she could learn how to control her power, her mother, the first Roe woman in centuries to turn her back on magic, stole Avery away from her grandmother. Avery must escape from her mother before her grandmother dies, taking with her the secrets of the Roes’ power.
When Avery awakens from a dream foretelling her own murder, she realizes time is running short—for her and for the people of her island, who, without the Roes, will lose their ships and the only life they know.
With the help of Tane, a tattooed harpoon boy from the Pacific Islands, Avery plots her escape from her mother and unravels the mysteries of her mother’s and grandmother’s pasts. Becoming a witch may prevent her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers it will also require a sacrifice she never expected—one she might not be able to make
ON WITH THE REVIEW:
So The Witch of Salt and Storm is all about Avery Roe, a girl descended from a long line of Witches. Due to her mother’s reluctance to take on the position, she is set to become the witch of Prince Island after her Grandmother dies. But first Avery has to unlock her powers which is no easy task as her mother is intent upon keeping her away from magic (and her Grandmother) so Avery has no way to learn about her magic!
It was really interesting to follow Avery’s journey through the book. Avery has the ability to interpret dreams and she is never wrong. When Avery foresees her death she realises her fate is inevitable and that her future can’t be changed (or can it? ;) )
As a fan of historical literature, I enjoyed the setting of this book and it was a big change from the normal books I read centred around modern teenagers or warped dystopian futures!
So this book already has the interesting elements of magic. secrecy, a historical setting and complicated family dynamics but it really gets interesting when love is added to the mix! Avery meets Tane (a tattooed harpoon boy) and you can probably guess what happens between them. I don’t come across many YA books without love triangles any more and I was happy to see that there wasn’t one in this book (as they often infuriate me!)
This book made me see witches in a new way (rather than as old green-skinned women leaning over cauldrons or British school girls from Hogwarts) and it shows the pain and sacrifice involved in being a witch!
Overall I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to fans of fantasy and historical books!