Under Earth by Ellen Renner

Publication Date: 1 August 2019

The Blurb

As the island’s new Weather witch, Storm must sail with the fleet into dangerous waters. The Drowned Ones are out for revenge and the sea itself is treacherous. But it’s Bellum Town that brings Storm her first real test. And where she learns that her magic could save her or it could be the end of everything..

The Review

First off, if you haven’t read Storm Witch, stop now and go and read that. If you have, then read on.

We catch up with Storm on the Wayfairer having left Yanlin with the fleet following the attack on her home land by The Drowned Ones, and are through straight back into the action.

Stunning world building, strong characters and an engrossing plot combine to create a story you just can’t put down. Bellum Town could not be further in style from Yanlin where Storm grew up. The fashions, bustling streets filled with stalls and entertainers, and way of life are eye opening and enticing to a young girl who has had to give up her sex to maintain The Balance when she was chosen as a weather witch.

The leader of The Pact, Talon, is unnervingly cunning in his political ambition and will stop at nothing to get what he wants from Storm, while she finds herself fighting for her life as the Salamander dogs her every move. Wondering whether she has any friends in this foreign land, Storm opens her eyes to the society around her and has no idea how her magic can change things for the better.

Multi-layered storytelling means there is much to think about beyond the story regarding society, power, belief and how our choices affect others.

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Huge thanks to Nosy Crow and ReadingZone for sending me a review copy. Do check out ReadingZone, where you can find reviews of many fabulous children’s books and much more besides.