Child of Air, Water, Earth or Fire: now that she is thirteen Storm must undertake The Choosing and be claimed by one of the Elementals, which will determine her whole life’s work. But for Storm, daughter of a father murdered by Water and a warrior mother claimed by Earth, there will be no easy destiny.
The Elementals bestow her with a great and terrible gift. Storm-bringer. Storm-rider. Storm-queller. Storm has powers that no one, not even the island Elders, can understand. And when the Drowned Ones – a savage band of pirates who roam the seas on floating towns – attack her island, will her powers help her to save the people she loves, or is her fate to betray everything she holds dear? Soon Storm faces a decision that will change her life – and that of everyone who lives on her island – forever.
A powerful new fantasy series from Ellen Renner, prize-winning author of Tribute and Castle of Shadows.
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What the Critics Said
“Familiar themes are invigorated in this assured novel; its ethical conundrums, deft characterisation and sense of magic are reminiscent of Ursula K Le Guin’s Earthsea series.”
– Imogen Russell-Williams, The Guardian
“First in a gripping fantasy quartet… epic world building.”
– Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
“Beautifully written, emotionally intelligent and with a powerful, pacey plot, that twists and turns like a tornado, Storm Witch is a spellbinding fantasy that draws you into the world of Yanlin and entwines you with its characters.”
– Reading Zone
“With shades of ‘Earthsea’ by Ursula Le Guin and an imagination to rival Dianne Wynne Jones, Ellen Renner has created a fantasy that at once feels fresh and enlivening with the hallmarks of a classic too.”
– Chris Soul (blog)
– Book Murmuration (blog)
“A fantasy with no limits… fiercely magical.”
– The Reader Teacher (blog)
“A magical, coming-of-age fantasy.”
“Wow is all I could say after reading Storm Witch; it is exactly what I dream of and Ellen has made my dreams come true.”
– Family Book Worms (blog)
“An inspiring survival story of a special girl with a will to adapt.”
– Books & Beyond (blog)