Frances Hardinge is a master storyteller and her latest novel is further proof of this fact! Every single sentence she writes is perfectly crafted.
I would describe this book simply as a more sophisticated “Percy Jackson.” In Deeplight, the monstrous sea gods who ruled over humans are now dead, but magical pieces of their bodies are still strewn about the ocean floor. After finding a mysterious object on a scavenging trip, Hark slowly discovers the truth about these gods-- as well as the true nature of his best friend-- and must make an impossible choice to save the chain of islands he calls home. You won’t see the reveal coming!
Combine high-stakes action-adventure, a wholly original mythological system & fantasy world, and deep self-reflection, and Deeplight is what you get.
Ages 11+ (Recommended for strong kid readers, teens, and adults, too!)— Kiwi
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"Glorious thematic complexity inhabits a wildly inventive world, with the menacing roils of a dangerous sea threatening the archipelago and touches of steampunk rounding out the fantastical elements."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Monsters and mortals collide in this fantasy adventure that explores the hypnotic allure of fear, the adamant grip of the past, and the redeeming power of stories.”
— Kirkus Reviews
"Equal parts dazzling fantasy, swashbuckling adventure, and tender coming-of-age tale, this ambitious standalone from Hardinge (A Skinful of Shadows) cautions against xenophobia, zealotry, and greed while using boldly drawn characters to illustrate storytelling’s power and fear’s role in faith."
— Publishers Weekly