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(The Hanna Duology #1)

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All Hanna Euli wants is to become a proper witch – but unfortunately, she’s stuck as an apprentice to a grumpy fisherman. When their boat gets caught up in a mysterious storm and blown wildly off course, Hanna finds herself further away from home than she’s ever been before.

As she tries to get back, she learns there may be more to her apprentice master than she realized, e
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Published May 6th 2014 by Strange Chemistry
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Faye, la Patata
I do admit that there are times I do judge a book by its cover. I am easily attracted to vibrant, well-drawn or well-edited layouts, and if one caught my eye, you sure can bet that it also caught my full attention, and I am more likely to check it out rather than walk pass it. That's pretty much what happened between me and The Wizard's Promise in a nutshell. I mean, dude. DUDE. Look at that beauty. It totally gives off that Magical Fantasy aura, and not to mention, the ocean-like colors give it ...more
Isa Lavinia


Actual rating: 3.5 stars

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ARC provided by Strange Chemistry through Netgalley

Hanna Euli grew up listening to wondrous stories of the adventures of Ananna, the great pirate queen with whom her mother had sailed before settling down with her father.

An apprentice to Kolur, a fisherman, Hanna dreams of being a witch. Possessing a special affinity with the south wind, Hanna keeps practising her spells during her free time, betwee
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Olga Godim
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
Seventeen years old Hanna wants to be a proper witch but she is stuck as a fisherman’s apprentice. Bemoaning the tedium of her life, she is sure nothing interesting is ever going to happen to her. When she and her master Kolur embark on their regular fishing run, she expects the routine to continue. Even after a magical storm blows their ship, Penelope, towards a remote island, she has no clue.
Then instead of sailing back home, Kolur points his ship in the opposite direction without explaining a
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AH
Initial Thoughts: While I enjoyed this book, it didn't have the same impression upon me as the author's earlier books The Assassin's Curse and The Pirate's Wish. I felt frustrated for the main character who was led on a wild goose chase without anyone telling her why she had to go.

The Review:
I picked up The Wizard’s Promise because I’ve enjoyed other books by this author and this book takes place in the same world as The Assassin’s Curse and The Pirate’s Wish. In fact, the main character Hanna
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jesse
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


part of me will always be impressed by cassandra rose clarke’s novels and “the mad scientist’s daughter” will forever and ever occupy a part of my heart.



so, let’s get to the book, now, shall we?

set in the same world as “the assassin’s curse” our heroine hanna, is the daughter of a former pirate and fisherman but with aspirations to be a proper witch. under the tutelage of kolure, one very grouchy fisherman, who is following his own agenda she has to push through all kinds of obstacles includin
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Michelle {Book Hangovers}
Review: The Wizard's Promise by Cassandra Rose Clark All Hanna Euli wants is to become a proper witch – but unfortunately, she’s stuck as an apprentice to a grumpy fisherman. When their boat gets caught up in a mysterious storm and blown wildly off course, Hanna finds herself further away from home than she’s ever been before.As she tries to get back, she learns there may be more to her apprentice master than she realized, especially when a mysterious, beautiful, and very non-human boy begins fo ...more
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Perhaps if I had of read The Assassins Curse duology before I read The Wizards Promise, I would have understood things a little better? I didn't realize that this was a spin off continuation of another duology, and so I felt this book was lacking A LOT of backstory to the magical history of their world which was probably explained in The Assassins Curse. Anyway, I quite liked The Wizards Promise, I thought it was fun and it gave me the warm fuzzies. I really liked Hanna- she felt like a very rea ...more
Esmay
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
“I am a coward. That’s why I need you. Because you’re brave.”


3,5 Stars!

I really enjoyed this book, I loved The Assassin’s Curse and I thought it would be a good idea to read this book. I do have to say that you should read the Assassin’s Curse before reading this one, because it does contain some spoilers and you might not understand some parts of this book.

The character of Hanna was really interesting and I loved how unlike any other protagonist she is. She is no Hero and just wants to be
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Amanda
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Hanna wants nothing more than to become a full fledged wind witch. But for the time being, she's stuck being an apprentice on Kojur's fishing boat. What was supposed to be a quick 3 day trip turns into an adventure (kidnapping) north. You see, Kojur, as it turns out, has secrets. (Don't we all.) Secrets that make him decide to take (kidnap, force) Hanna to stay with him and sail north without any information or promise of safety. They pick up another witch who also has, wait for it, secrets! Thi ...more
Nikki
I like Cassandra Rose Clarke a lot, and although her YA books aren't as good (to my mind, anyway) as The Mad Scientist's Daughter, they're enjoyable. She creates interesting worlds that aren't your typical run of the mill fantasy worlds, with female characters at the centre who aren't limited in any way by silly sexism carried over from our world. We get several female characters, of varying importance, who do the same sorts of things as the men of their world, which is refreshing.

Some of the co
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Hannah (fullybookedreviews)
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It has my name in it. OF COURSE I HAVE TO READ IT.

Kidding. Sort of.

I adored the author's previous duology, but unfortunately The Wizard's Promise didn't quite measure up.

Make no mistake, I still enjoyed it - strong female characters, action and adventure, magic and mayhem. I also love the way the author captures life at sea, and the moods of the ocean.

I did get quite annoyed that the main character was kept in the dark for so long, particularly when withholding information put her life in danger
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Anya
Dec 31, 2013 rated it liked it
The Wizard’s Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke is the first in a new duology set in the same world as The Assassin’s Curse and The Pirate’s Wish. The Wizard’s Promise tells the story of a young witch named Hanna who finds herself thrown into the dangerous world of the Mists despite every attempt she makes to just get home. While Hanna had always been hoping for adventure, this wasn’t exactly how she planned it, though it never is ;-). Hanna’s mother served on the pirate ship of a certain pirate q ...more
Gina (My Precious Blog)
Cassandra Rose Clarke is a very talented author. She has the ability to create wonderful, fantastical worlds in far off places where magical adventures can unfold. I love the way she paints beautiful images with her words. Her use of adjectives is so impressive, in her book characters "scamper", items are "snatched" and objects are "perched", nothing is left absent of great description. These are the reason I wanted to read her latest book, The Wizard's Promise. This book is set in the same worl ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An advance copy of this novel was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

I am a super-huge fan of Cassandra Rose Clarke's The Assassin's Curse duology. It's fast-paced and full of awesome characters -- some human and some not. I expected much of the same from this first book in the Hanna duology, especially with this series being set in the same world. But CRC managed to make Hanna's story completely different by setting
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nick
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

The Wizard's Promise is a typical Cassandra Rose Clarke book, filled with an imaginative world, an intriguing cast of characters and a lovely writing style. The mixed reviews that the book has received were a little off-putting, but I'm happy to say that I was very much involved in Hanna's story as Ananna's.

I'm always amazed by the creativity and imagination that Ms. Clarke clearly possesses. Her writing is vivid, bright and full of life, making you feel as though you are part of the story as we
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Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

The Assassin's Curse is one of those series I have been seeing around for years but I haven't gotten to read it just yet. So when I got the opportunity to be part of this tour I was over the moon. Now I see that I should have read the first series first but well I never do things in order anyway.

Here we meet Hanna, a young girls who has heard such amazing adventurous stories from her mother and adventures are all she dreams of while living in the small villa
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Paul Decker
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book as an eARC from Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I really liked Cassandra Rose Clarke's other fantasy duology consisting of The Assassin's Curse and The Pirate's Wish. The world she created is full of interesting places and people. I love how the magic is such a mystery. In this first book in a new duology, magic is more at a forefront since the protagonist has some wind powers herself. I like the elemental nature of the magic and
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Guy Haley
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
The first part in a companion duology to The Assassin’s Curse series, The Wizard’s Promise takes us far up north where it is icy and grim. Magically talented Hanna (named for Ananna, heroine of the The Assassin’s Curse series. A tenuous but important narrative link), daughter of dusky ex-pirate and an insular North Sea Norse archetype finds herself apprenticed to a dull fisherman. Or is she?
Do all YA heroines have to be a) explosively whiny b) blind to their own ability and c) easily duped? Perh
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Rebecca McNutt
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Much better than its reviews indicate, this YA fantasy is both funny and incredibly creative.
AJ Oakes
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Review at Smudged

I received a free copy of this book on netgalley in return for an honest review and quotes taken from this uncorrected version, subject to change in the final edition.

Cassandra Clarke should be giving half of her royalties to the book cover artist of this book. I get caught grabbing books off shelves and adding them to my “To Read” list on Goodreads based on covers all the time. Lately, I’ve fallen into a pit of despair based on these choices. There are a lot of really cool cov
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Yzabel Ginsberg
[I got an ARC through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. A few things are liable to change in this book by the time it is officially published.]

I can't say I didn't like this novel, but I also know it won't leave me with a lasting impression either. I reckon this is partly because a lot of time in it is spent on sea, travelling on fishing boats, and nothing really happens. There were a few events now and then, but they felt somewhat distanciated, as if they had been put here for someth
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Karissa
Apr 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I got this book to review through NetGalley. It is the 1st book in the Hannah Duology. It is set in the same world as The Assassin’s Curse, but occurs a generation later. I didn't like this book as much as The Assassin's Curse series. It was a decent fantasy but slow at parts and the characters were not all that engaging.

Hannah wants nothing more than to study to be a witch, instead she is apprenticed to the fisherman Kojur. Kojur is grumpy and apparently has secrets of his own. Instead of their
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Lina (From the Verge)
3 and a half stars.

This book is set in the same world as Cassandra Rose Clarke's books from The Assassin's Curse series. I loved that series. I loved the characters, I loved the writing style and I loved the setting. As such, I was extremely happy when I learned that The Wizard's Promise could revisit these places.

However, I have to say, it felt short.

This book tells the story of Hannah, an untrained witch who is a fisherman's apprentice, for a guy named Kolur. She is obligated to join Kolur in
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Lindsay
All Hanna Euli wants is to become a proper witch, but unfortunately she's stuck as an apprentice to a grumpy fisherman. When their boat gets caught up in a mysterious storm and blown wildly off course, Hanna finds herself further away from home than she's ever been before. As she tries to get back, she learns there may be more to her apprentice master than she realized, especially when a mysterious, beautiful, and very non-human boy begins following her through the ocean, claiming that he needs ...more
Crini
Originally posted at All About Books

With The Wizard’s Promise I gave Cassandra Rose Clark a second chance after I DNFed her book The Mad Scientist’s Daughter. I wanted to give her another chance with a different kind of story because it wasn’t the writing style in general I had problems with, but the story. Turned out Cassandra Rose Clarke and me just don’t work out. Even though I wasn’t tempted to give this one up too, I didn’t enjoy it a lot.

One thing that bothered me a lot was its secretivene
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Emily (Falling for YA)
I absolutely adored Clarke’s The Assassin’s Curse duology. The world she created was so vivid and multi-faceted that I wanted to curl up and sail along the high seas with Ananna. I was ecstatic when I found out there was going to be a second duology set in the same world.

The Wizard’s Promise follows Hanna whose mother sailed under Ananna who Hanna is named after. That is where the similarities between Hanna and Ananna end though. Hanna is definitely her own person. She wants to study magic but
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Karla
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book! It's from the same world as The Assassin's Curse and The Pirate's Wish, it was nice to go back into the world and read more of it with a new set of characters!

I liked Hanna and Isolfr but I thought that Ananna and Naji would at least make a small cameo or something! I was totally disappointed when I learned that they were only mentioned in the stories that Hanna's mother told her-about her being a pirate and being aboard the Nadir. It was sad to know that the both of them were
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Mel (Daily Prophecy)
http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.nl/2...

This duology is a spin-off for The assassin’s curse and The pirate’s wish, two books I enjoyed a lot. This story has the same feeling to it and it has the same problem: the middle part is sometimes a bit boring.

Hanna is an apprentice for fisherman Kolur. She can practice her wind magic on their trips, but this time they end up in a magical storm and they are blown to a place far from their hometown. Kolur adds another woman to their group, also a wind magi
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Angela Oliver
If your main character is bored for a goodly portion of the book, then there is a strong likelihood your reader will be too.

The beginning was okay, the conclusion quite gripping, but the middle section felt rather like a drag. Sailing. More sailing. Sailing in which the main character had no idea what was going on and - since it was written in first person - all we had to work with were her lack of duties and confusion. Also, to a point, her helplessness as she was whisked away across the seas
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Isamlq
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-galley
Nothing actually happens.

I feel like Wizard’s Promise is essentially the LONGEST. Introduction. Ever. We know who and what’s coming, yet in the mean time there’s a lot of her asking questions that eventually started to feel like, “ARE WE THERE YET?” (She wasn’t asking that, of course! It just felt like she was; thus, me wanting to smack her.)

There’s some mention of the awesome that was Ananna as well as the mist and the magical, yet for the most part we have Hannah. At first it’s her and what s
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