The first book in a stunning new fantasy adventure trilogy, perfect for readers aged 9+ and fans of Philip Pullman, Piers Torday, Abi Elphinstone, Katherine Rundell and Frances Hardinge.
In the sky, the fire spirits dance and ripple. Grandma says they showed our Tribe that I’d be a captain, before I was even born.
Ever since Ma died, Mouse has looked after her little brother, Sparrow, dreaming of her destiny as captain of the Huntress. But now Da’s missing, Sparrow is in danger, and a deathly cold is creeping across Trianukka . . .
Sea-churning, beast-chattering, dream-dancing, whale-riding, terrodyl-flying, world-saving adventure.
'Moonsprites. Terrodyls. Beastchatter. The Huntress: Sea is a heart-thumpingly brilliant adventure. Paver meets Pullman. A real gem' - Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher and The Shadow Keeper
'A glorious world, a wild adventure and a fierce heroine. I can't stop thinking about this book!' - Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike
If you like Northern Lights, The Lie Tree, The Last Wild and Rooftoppers, you'll love Sea.
Don't miss the second book in The Huntress Trilogy, Sky.
Sarah Driver is a graduate of the Bath Spa MA in Writing for Young People, during which she won the United Agents Most Promising Writer prize in 2014. She is also a qualified nurse and midwife. Sarah started writing stories as a small child and lists her influences as Spellhorn by Berlie Doherty, A Necklace Of Raindrops by Joan Aiken and the Carbonel books by Barbara Sleigh – those gorgeous, magical stories that create and nurture readers.
When she’s not writing, she can be found walking by the sea, visiting exhibitions, reading or travelling, often in the name of research. She has seen humpback whales from an oak boat in the northern seas of Iceland, eaten cubes of six-month fermented Greenland shark, and journeyed by train beyond the arctic circle to the far north of Swedish Lapland, where she rode a slightly obstinate horse through a forest, under the northern lights, in temperatures of -32 degrees. She has learned that even horrifying bouts of sea-sickness make excellent research material.
Sea is Sarah’s debut novel, the first in The Huntress trilogy. Sarah lives in Sussex, close to the sea, with Lily, a street-wise ginger cat and an excitable mini-lop bunny named Peter.
The idea for the novel first came to me in one image – a child wrapped in white furs, standing on the deck of a ship, surrounded by a vast, black ocean. I now know that child was Mouse’s brother, Sparrow. Soon after that I began to hear Mouse’s insistent voice, telling me about herself, her family and her home aboard her ship. It was a voice that hooked me and one that I couldn’t ignore. I was working as a midwife in London at the time and I think this also inspired the story, because it became apparent when I started writing that Mouse had been ‘born in the caul’, and that got me thinking about old sailing superstitions and how sailors would use a baby’s caul as a charm.
From there the idea progressed based on what I consciously wanted to write about. I was encouraged to think about this during my MA. I’m now a firm believer in the value of writing the book you want to read! Some of the things that inspire me are wild weather, indigenous cultures, ships, lighthouses, sea creatures, castles,magic and mystery, and so I decided to go ahead and write about these things. I was excited to write an adventure playground of a ship, which proved a joy to explore as a writer. I also wondered what it would be like to live in a world where some of the dangerous creatures from millions of years ago had never become extinct.
I find inspiration in many different ways, from reading books and watching films to going on adventures and visiting exhibitions.