The Navigator's Touch

The Navigator's Touch

by Julia Ember

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ISBN-13: 9781945053702
Publisher: Interlude Pr
Publication date: 09/13/2018
Series: Seafarer's Kiss , #2
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 198,873
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Born in Chicago, Julia Ember now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her partner and their city-based menagerie of pets with names from Harry Potter. Sirius Black and Luna Lovegood the cats currently run her life. A world-traveller since childhood, Julia has visited almost seventy countries. Her travels inspire her writing, though she populates her worlds with magic and monsters. She has worked as a teacher, a wedding cake decorator and a bookseller.

Julia began writing at the age of nine, when her short story about two princesses and their horses won a contest. In 2016, she published her first novel, Unicorn Tracks, with Harmony Ink Press. It also focused on two girls and their equines, albeit those with horns. She has subsequently published three further works for young adults.

The Navigator's Touch is the sequel to The Seafarer's Kiss, which was released by Interlude Press in May 2017. It was heavily influenced by Julia's postgraduate work in Medieval literature at the University of St. Andrews.

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The Navigator's Touch 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bayy245 2 days ago
I was really disappointed in this one. I didn’t like Ragna at all, really. Her indecisiveness annoyed me to no end and she was utterly selfish the entire book. There was little to no romance and I was shipping them hard from the first book. It was a really short book page wise, but I felt like it would never end. The ending was extremely unsatisfactory. Stick with the first one. *Thank you Netgalley for this review copy*
ruthsic 7 months ago
Companion to The Seafarer's Kiss, this book continues the story from Ragna's perspective as she seeks to get revenge on those who harmed her village, as well as hoping to find her lost cousin. Since being a captain on her own ship (well, which she won), she has to decide how to effectively lead her crew into what promises to be a battle. Additionally, she also has to gain allies to defeat the people who invaded her village. Her one currency in this whole thing is her god-given power to have maps to what she seeks, and with Loki seeking to use this power, it is a battle of wills and deals. The world-building in this book is naturally quite different to that in the previous, and has Ragna growing into a leader from a warrior. She is hard, and bitter, and constantly paranoid of her crew, which doesn't make for a good voyage. Additionally, her superstitious crew is afraid of Ersel's presence, which is at times an asset to Ragna, but also drives a wedge in their relationship as Ersel is tired of being used for herself. Their romance is significantly better developed this time around, which is funny because this is the book that is NOT focusing on their romance. Anyway, between Ersel's fear of Loki, Loki seeking out Ragna, and Ragna seeking a Jarl's alliance, it makes for an interesting multi-layered plot. There are many new characters introduced in this book, prominently Aslaug and Honor, the latter being the Jarl Ragna seeks favor from, and the former being Honor's right-hand warrior. The book shows further inclusion by having Honor being a black woman Jarl, and Aslaug as a non-binary character, who is in love with Honor. Through Honor, Ragna learns how to be a better captain for her crew, and manages to free her village's kids from captivity. The ending again leaves on an open note, but Ragna's story is still resolved well enough. Shortly, a good companion novel with an interesting plot.