The Burning Sea is a collaboration of two of the country’s finest fantasy/science fiction writers: Paul Collins and Sean McMullen. The brilliant cover is by Marc McBride, famous the world over for his spectacular dragons. The Burning Sea promises much and delivers more.
The Burning Sea is the first book in the new six-part fantasy series The Warlock’s Child. It contains everything a child fan of fantasy could desire; dragons, warriors, war, spies and magic. The dragons are so enormous and powerful they generally don’t involve themselves in trivial human affairs, but the male dragon Dravaud detects a presence as small as a spark that changes all this. . .
. . . So begins The Burning Sea.
A Dravinian invasion fleet of 500 ships is heading towards Teliz the capital city of Savaria. Their first invasion attempt failed dismally, so this time they are sending their full force. Sailing on the ship Invincible is the Battle Warlock Calbaras and his two children Dantar a cabin boy and Velzar the only female warrior on board the ship who is the squad captain of the shapecasters. This is the first voyage for both Dantar and Velzar, and with a busy and usually absent father, they are left to negotiate this new life on their own. Velzar is a stickler for rules and follows her handbook to the letter. She is determined to prove herself worthy of her command and show everyone she did not gain the position through privilege alone. Dantar, however has taken the adventure on with gusto and relishes the freedom away from a life at court. Both however struggle with their inadequacies, Dantar feels useless because he cannot do magic, while Velzar tries to work out all the unwritten rules that come with life. The plot is exciting, there is a traitor aboard, the fleet is commanded by an idiot and there is a very angry dragon hell bent on causing maximum destruction.
The Burning Sea is action packed, fast paced and riveting, with enough intrigue and humour to keep you glued to your seats. This book fills a gap in the world of children’s literature in that it is complex enough for advanced readers, but is packaged so that it doesn’t overwhelm reluctant readers aged 10+.