Synopsis

This world of sea and storm runs deep with bargains and blood.

On the remote isle of Rosevear, Mira, like her mother before her, is a wrecker, one of the seven on the rope who swim out to shipwrecks to plunder them. Mira’s job is to rescue survivors, if there are any. After all, she never feels the cold of the frigid ocean waters and the waves seem to sing to her soul. But the people of Rosevear never admit the truth: that they set the beacons themselves to lure ships into the rocks.

When the Council watch lays a trap to put an end to the wrecking, they arrest Mira’s father. Desperate to save him from the noose, Mira strikes a deal with an enigmatic wreck survivor guarding layers of secrets behind his captivating eyes, and sets off to find something her mother has left her, a family secret buried deep in the sea.

With just nine days to find what she needs to rescue her father, all Mira knows for certain is this: The sea gives. The sea takes. And it’s up to her to do what she must to save the ones she loves.

Review

4 stars

I had picked that one as part of a buddy read, not knowing what to expect and I ended up finishing it in two days!

If one word had to describe that book it would be atmospheric.

Compass and Blade follows Mira who is living on a small island with her father and their villagers. Survival on the island is hard and they pillage ships that wreck on their coast to survive, saving as many sailors and passengers as they can.

And what if they helped the ships to wreck with their fires?

You do what you can to survive.

But Mira is not like all the others. She isn’t cold in the ocean and she can stay below the surface for a long time.

Maybe this has to do with her deceased mother but she can’t be sure.

One day she will save a mysterious young man and everything will go wrong soon after.

Her father is taken by the watch and she has just nine days to follow her mother’s path and go retrieve something in the hope that it will be her father’s salvation.

What follows in the book is a story filled with secrets, mysteries, the ever present sea and its changing moods. You can also expect lots of betrayals and twists, magical creatures too and a dash or romance but …is it, really?

At the center of the story is a tight knit community that would do anything to survive, even if it’s often morally questionable.

I really enjoyed that book, never experiencing a boring moment and cursing some people for their betrayals too! I will certainly read a sequel if there is one.

Thanks for reading.

Sophie

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12 Comments

  1. Excited to see you liked this one! I considered asking for an ARC for my own review purposes, but I decided to go a different direction (and regretted it–lol!).