Princess of the Wild Sea

Bloomsbury. Jan. 2023. 256p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781547609567.
Gr 6-8–Blakemore returns with a hero quest that weaves old and new myths. Harbor Rose is a blond, green-eyed, 12-year-old princess who lives in a place called Small Island. She longs for companionship as she is the only child on the island, but her aunts and mother are intent on keeping her safe from the outside world. War is coming—at least according to a prophecy foretold about Harbor’s life—and she must summon a hero to save her kingdom before it’s too late. In this book, readers will appreciate the way that Blakemore combines and reimagines fairy tales and mythologies. The fast-moving plot and likable protagonist will engage readers. Harbor’s story recalls the Chronicles of Narnia, A Wrinkle in Time, and a host of vampire and zombie tales besides. The author uses this many-fabled backdrop as the setting for Harbor’s own coming-of-age journey in which she learns what it is to be a hero.
VERDICT A clever adventure story recommended for readers who enjoy a twist on classic fantasies and the authors previous books.

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