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Publisher's Summary

In a world divided by colonialism and threaded with magic, a desperate orphan turned pirate and a rebellious imperial lady find a connection on the high seas.

Aboard the pirate ship Dove, Flora the girl takes on the identity of Florian the man to earn the respect and protection of the crew. For Flora, former starving urchin, the brutal life of a pirate is about survival: don't trust, don't stick out, and don't feel. But on this voyage, Flora is drawn to the Lady Evelyn Hasegawa, who is headed to an arranged marriage she dreads. Flora doesn't expect to be taken under Evelyn's wing, and Evelyn doesn't expect to find such a deep bond with the pirate Florian. Neither expects to fall in love.

Soon the unlikely pair set in motion a wild escape that will free a captured mermaid (coveted for her blood) and involve the mysterious Pirate Supreme, an opportunistic witch, double agents, and the all-encompassing Sea herself.

Deftly entwining swashbuckling action and quiet magic, Maggie Tokuda-Hall's inventive debut novel conjures a diverse cast of characters seeking mastery over their fates while searching for answers to big questions about identity, power, and love.

©2020 Maggie Tokuda-Hall, original book published by Walker Books US, a division of Candlewick Press. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Tokuda-Hall infuses this adventure with fantastical word play and [Kate] Rudd is the perfect match as the storyteller. The story is almost melodic in nature and that rings true with Rudd’s sing-song tone, varied character voicing, and matched pacing." Booklist

"Narrator Kate Rudd creates unique voices for mysterious mermaids, powerful witches, and evil pirates in this fantasy adventure.… Rudd imbues her narration with a creepy menace when voicing the villains and brings the courage--and doubts--of both heroines to life. Her lilting voice is rich with the magic of stories and the rhythm of the sea. This audiobook will please listeners looking for a queer love story that celebrates female power and the diversity of gender expression." AudioFile Magazine 

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absolutely amazing

well developed characters, a riveting plot and beautiful queer representation i couldn't stop listening to this book!!! a must read!!

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Solid listening, wordy reading

As soon as I started this book I knew it wouldn’t be a book I would pick up and read. It’s descriptive with rather flowery vocabulary which sometimes makes you feel the author has picked up a thesaurus to find a ‘better word.’ That being said, it was a cracker of a book to listen to. It was interesting, with likeable characters and a solid plot. I enjoyed the world in which this book was set and the way the author approached gender in the story was exceptionally done, I thought. The ending left a bit to be desired but no real complaints.

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  • Karen Linnell
  • 08-10-2020

Beautifully written

This was such a wonderful story and a great escape from reality for me . Even though I
listened on audible but I want to purchase the book as well.

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  • Christopher M. Hall
  • 29-07-2020

An enticing world

The queer characters and captivating cover are what originally pushed me into grabbing this book. Overall I quite enjoyed the story; it has a very unique look at some aspects of fantasy that I hadn't found before. Their portrayal of mermaids in particular I enjoyed.

The voice actress does a really great job. I feel as though some of the dramatic moments aren't built up quite properly, and can often leave you feeling unsatisfied in how they are resolved. The character interactions are nice, and all-in-all I liked the story and would be interested in seeing more from Maggie.

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  • Jay
  • 20-12-2020

The Beauty and Hope Needed in 2020

As a queer genderqueer person who loves swashbuckling adventures and is could always use more hope and alternate visions for the world I cannot recommend this book enough.

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  • Kas
  • 22-07-2020

10 out of 10. Highly recommend

Diverse queer characters, pirates, witches, and mermaids!! And beautifully written!! I finished this story in a day and was left immediately in need of a sequel which takes place in this world.

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  • 匿名
  • 20-10-2021

A good book overall!

Although the book is a little too gritty and dark at some points, the book is very satisfying to get though. The ending shook me... but all is well!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-07-2021

Coming of age and Heartwarming Story

I throughly enjoyed this story! Love the diversity of characters and the representation for the LGBTQ+ community as well as the struggles and acceptance of gender identity. Story progressed quickly and seemed slightly rushed at times but overall was very enjoyable. If and when the next book is published I will for sure be picking up a copy. Definitely recommended

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  • Natasha
  • 06-07-2021

love!

I really wnjoyed the story, and it was very easy to listen to. I will buy the actual book soon.

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  • Melissa
  • 03-02-2021

I love everything about this book. ❤

I listened to the audio book while working in the studio.

This book was more than I expected and delivered everything I hope for within a fantasy story full of witches, mermaids, women-loving women, and non-binary folk.

More than that, it is written so beautifully with such poetic prose.

Upon finishing, I promptly ordered a hardcopy of the book to add to my collection and revisit as I see fit.

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  • Erica
  • 30-12-2020

Beautiful story

This book was better then I had imagined. It would make a beautiful movie. Loved it from beginning to end.

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  • JS
  • 29-12-2020

All around fantastic!

Transgender friendly. Gender variant protag. NB representation. Very good story. No byg. Happy ending. tw: csa

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  • Rachel H
  • 29-09-2021

Fantastic refreshing read

A moving and gripping story with both binary and non-binary characters. a very well written book

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  • Rebecca P.
  • 28-01-2021

Enchanting, Exciting, Enthralling

I bought this having seen the author (Maggie Tokuda-Hall) speak on a webinar about the book and the reason she wrote it. It sounded like the perfect fantasy for me - pirates, mermaids, queer characters.

It didn't disappoint!

When I first started listening to the book I thought it might take me a little while to get into, but I was wrong - I was hooked very quickly. I absolutely loved the two protagonists (Flora/Florian and Evelyn), but what the author did really well was make each character interesting - leaving me wanting to know more about them all.

The world-building was excellent - the descriptions of the ship and the sea itself was beautifully done. I'm so happy to hear there is a sequel and will definitely be getting it.

In regards to the narrator - her voice sounded a little robotic to me at first but I quickly got used to it and actually ended up really enjoyed her narration.

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