Title: The Navigator's Touch
Author: Julia Ember
Series: The Seafarer's Kiss #2
Genre: YA Retelling
Publisher: Duet Books - the YA Imprint of Interlude Press
Release Date: September 13th, 2018
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?
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Two warriors sat playing dice at a table. As I studied them, my blood ran cold. I recognized one of the men. He wore an eye patch over his left eye and had two matching scars running down his cheeks like tears from my nails. He still wore a faded, dirty red tunic, emblazoned with Haakon’s sigil. It was the same man who’d grabbed me on the night the raiders came. He and his companion had killed my family in their beds.
I wanted to rush forward, to slice open his belly with my axe and spill his guts over the wooden floor. But a long shadow cast on the floor behind them kept me motionless. I peeked around the wall again, looking for the source of the shadow.
A large horse stood behind the game table; its head was partially submerged in a feeding trough. It was pure white with a light pink muzzle and cyan eyes. It had eight legs instead of four, with catlike paws in place of hooves. When it lifted its head, a man’s arm dangled from its muzzle. Golden rings still decorated the man’s hand. The creature chewed it absently, its great jaws grinding the bone as easily as hay.
The Sleipnir. I recognized it from the stories Mama had told me as a child. Once the valued steed of Odin, the beast had been born of Loki’s own flesh. They had given natural birth to the creature and it was the strongest of their beasts. It had lived for centuries and survived against powerful enemies.
It stood over a trap door, and I knew with sickening certainty that was where we would find the children. If I wanted to get to Yarra, I had to defeat a creature that feasted on human bones.
About the Author:
Julia Ember is the author of The Seafarer's Kiss and The Navigator's Touch, as well as several novellas and short stories for young adults. Originally from Chicago, Julia now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her hobbies include riding horses, starting far too many craft projects, and looking after her city-based menagerie of pets with names from Harry Potter. She regularly takes part in events for queer teens. A world traveler since childhood, she has now visited more than sixty countries.
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