Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.
As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.
But the end to it all looms closer every day.
Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.
For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.
She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.
Or she could disappear.
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.
I’m really not sure why but I kept on putting this book down for a long time. I guess I was just too drawn into reading contemporaries that I forget how great fantasy novels can be.
This book was super interesting, the first few chapters were cool especially the part where the world and the concept of traveling was being established but somehow the pacing fell apart in the middle.
“Sometimes a person has to let go of something to take hold of something else. You always have to choose what’s more important.”
The characters were really interesting as well. I love Nix and her whole personality. Her relationship with his father is a little rocky and it often shifts from daughter to a first mate kind of relationship. Aboard Temptation, her father was the Captain. I really enjoyed the major conflict of the book, wherein Nix’s father was trying to get the map that could ultimately erase her existence and I’m so amazed on how it was resolved.
Kashmir was definitely my favorite. He’s pretty smooth and I found him really lovely yet boldly brave at the same time. I definitely enjoyed the chemistry between him and Nix. I also adored Bee’s character and the fact that this book didn’t shy away from queer characters makes me love it more.
“Knowing something has an ending… makes it easier to begin,” I said carefully. “I never want to be stuck missing something I didn’t expect to lose.”
Heidi Heilig’s writing style is one of a kind. I definitely enjoyed the cultural aspects and historical backgrounds tackled in the book. I’m just a little sad that I wasn’t able to see the maps since I read the ARC but luckily, I won a swag giveaway which included one of the maps and I TOTALLY LOVED IT!!
Also, the book totally reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbean movies which I really loved! I really can’t wait to read the sequel of this book!