The Drowned Ones by Ellen Renner

Publication Date: 5 August 2021

The Blurb

The Storm Witch trilogy is set in a world of islands, where Elemental spirits rule and pirates known as the Drowned Ones roam the seas. At the heart of the story is thirteen-year-old Storm, who is bestowed with great, but dangerous, magical powers.

In this third story, Storm knows the balance of the world is under threat. If she can’t stop the Fire Witch from carrying out her deadly plan, the Fire Elemental will reign supreme. She needs the help of the Drowned Ones, but the last time she saw them, they were trying very hard to kill her…

Cover artwork by Jedit

The Review

I always come to the final book of a series with a mix of excitement at what lies ahead and sadness knowing that my journey through a new world with characters that I have grown to love is about to end. And this was no different. Storm Witch and Under Earth were both powerful books with much to think about long after the final page was read and the back cover closed. If you haven’t read them, please do, as this is an amazing series that deserves to be read from beginning to end.

We meet Storm, captured by the Downed Ones and a powerful fire-witch, without her magic and Scoundrel, the cling-monkey her only friend. From page one, we are once again immersed in the magical world created by Ellen Renner, with a cast of characters that seep under your skin, good and bad.

The Elementals pass their wisdom and power through their chosen witches as the culmination of the trilogy marches to a breath taking conclusion. Tension mounts steadily as we hope that everyone makes it to the end as the biggest battle of all looms on the horizon. The isolated landscape adds to the sense of desperation that haunts Storm as she wonders how she is supposed to keep her world in balance.

Belief in oneself and higher beings flow through the story, once again giving much to think on after you have finished reading. I would love to have just a hint of Storm’s courage and Mer’s self-belief. Once again, we see opposing views find common ground for the greater good – a message that if taken up by young readers can only mean hope for the fractured world we find ourselves in.

A compelling climax to a superb series, and one that should be read far and wide.

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Huge thanks to Nosy Crow and ReadingZone for sending me a review copy. This review was first published on ReadingZone, where you can find reviews of many fabulous children’s books and much more besides.