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Format:
Title:
Child of a hidden sea
ISBN:
9780765334497
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Tor, 2014.
Physical Description:
331 pages ; 25 cm.
Series title(s):
Number in series:
1.
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Summary:
"One minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world. Glowing moths fall to the waves around her, and the sleek bodies of unseen fish glide against her submerged ankles. The world is Stormwrack, a series of island nations with a variety of cultures and economies--and a language different from any Sophie has heard. Sophie doesn't know it yet, but she has just stepped into the middle of a political firestorm, and a conspiracy that could destroy a world she has just discovered ... her world, where everyone seems to know who she is, and where she is forbidden to stay. But Sophie is stubborn, and smart, and refuses to be cast adrift by people who don't know her and yet wish her gone. With the help of a sister she has never known, and a ship captain who would rather she had never arrived, she must navigate the shoals of the highly charged politics of Stormwrack, and win the right to decide for herself whether she stays in this wondrous world ... or is doomed to exile"-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica is a rousing tale of adventure and adversity, politics and personal trials

One minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world. Glowing moths fall to the waves around her, and the sleek bodies of unseen fish glide against her submerged ankles.

The world is Stormwrack, a series of island nations with a variety of cultures and economies--and a language different from any Sophie has heard.

Sophie doesn't know it yet, but she has just stepped into the middle of a political firestorm, and a conspiracy that could destroy a world she has just discovered...her world, where everyone seems to know who she is, and where she is forbidden to stay.

But Sophie is stubborn, and smart, and refuses to be cast adrift by people who don't know her and yet wish her gone. With the help of a sister she has never known, and a ship captain who would rather she had never arrived, she must navigate the shoals of the highly charged politics of Stormwrack, and win the right to decide for herself whether she stays in this wondrous world...or is doomed to exile.


Author Notes

A. M. DELLAMONICA is the author of Indigo Springs , winner of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and its concluding sequel, Blue Magic. Her short stories have appeared in a number of fantasy and science fiction magazines and anthologies, and on Tor.com.


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Dellamonica (Indigo Springs) introduces a charmingly wide-eyed heroine to open a contemporary fantasy series. Sophie Hansa is on a quest to find her birth mother, Beatrice. When she rescues Beatrice's sister, Gale, from an attack in a San Francisco alley, the two are whisked away to Beatrice and Gale's home of Stele Island, part of the magical world called Stormwrack, where Sophie's relatives are less than thrilled to see her. At first, Sophie is thrilled to be in this land of beautiful people and wondrous happenings, and she manages to get her adoptive brother, Bram, to join her there. But when she's taxed with the investigation of a relative's murder, she begins to realize that Stormwrack is not a wonderland. While Sophie's relationship with Stormwrack and its people develops slowly, her amazement at this new world and its varied fauna is shared in a satisfying manner that leaves the reader looking forward to the next installment. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Sophie was just looking for her birth family; she wades in to defend a woman she is fairly certain is her aunt and finds herself floating in an unfamiliar sea. Her aunt has been stabbed; there are moths falling to the surface of the water, and she doesn't recognize the species. Fortunately, she is an experienced diver and keeps herself and her aunt afloat until they are rescued by Stele Islanders. Sophie rapidly realizes that she's not anywhere in the world she knows. She's stepped into the midst of a delicate political situation, riddled with conspiracy, and is about to be forced to navigate without knowing all the details. The sister she has just met and the captain of her aunt's ship begin as unwilling allies, but as they work together to unravel the threads of conspiracy, they forge a real relationship and Sophie gradually discovers more about why everyone seems to know her. Sophie is a delightful, curious, and engaging voice, and the political games of Stormwrack and the Fleet are a fine and entertaining framework for a story of intrigue and self-discovery.--Schroeder, Regina Copyright 2014 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Searching for her birth mother takes Sophie Hansa on a journey to a whole new world. She is following her aunt on the streets of San Francisco one minute, and the next, she is in a strange nautical place where she doesn't speak the language. Sophie is in Stormwrack, and when her aunt is killed, she becomes embroiled in the harrowing local politics. Sophie may get to know the family she was born into, but when someone she cares about is kidnapped by pirates, she must decide whether she will fight to stay in this new world or return to her old life. VERDICT High adventure with magical spells and tall sailing ships makes for a rollicking, fun read from the author of the award-winning Indigo Springs and Blue Magic. The emotional stakes are high for the heroine, who is rejected and used by the family she has searched for all her life, but her curiosity and dauntless nature mean she will never stop trying to get what she wants. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.