Oh rare of rare treasures! A mother-daughter adventure story with just enough peril and misunderstanding, but a ton of heart.
" 'I'll say this, and hopefully you're not too young to heed an old woman's words,' Nana said. 'Pack light. You often find the things you need on other shores. All you really need to take with you is the love of those you leave behind.' "
Azria, newly-minted mage of Miz, fears being caught up in beauracracy that threathens her magical status when her sea-faring mother, Apzana of the Hen and Chick, sweeps her up for an adventure that involves a sunken island, ghosts and politics, and a scary but complicated villain.
"When you asked me to join the crew, you offered me danger and I took it, Mama. But I'm a mage of Miz. The cataclysm of creation runs through my veins. That's what we say, at least. My life was going to be trouble no matter what."
A diverse cast, gorgeous setting, and worldbuilding that creates a rich environment and mythology without dragging the reader down in the details makes this a perfect addition to libraries that enjoy the Alanna books and any readers that want more from their fantasy worlds--more collaboration, more cultures, more tolerance and more respect for the reader.
Tristan J. Tarwater's Website: Back That Elf Up
Content Warnings: Violence, Racism, Transphobia (all handled positively and sensitively)
Acquisitions: I chose a free copy to read from NetGalley.com in return for an honest review.