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The Wizard's Promise (The Hanna Duology #1)

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  397 ratings  ·  111 reviews
All Hanna Euli wants is to become a proper witch.

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, especia
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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 Ido 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 Promisein 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 s ...more
Olga Godim
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
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
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
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, between
jo mo

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
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
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
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
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

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
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
Paul Decker
*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
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
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
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
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
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
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
AJ Oakes
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
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

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
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
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
The Drunken Aztec
I blazed through this in a day or so, so it was definitely a fun read. Onto specifics, though:

What I liked -

The world-building was pretty fantastic here. I got sucked in immediately, and I loved learning new tidbits about the world as I read on. The concepts were really interesting, especially with the different kinds of magic - wind, sea, earth, etc. (Can we get some fire magic up in here? Yes? Let's do this.)

Clarke writes beautifully. Everything was easy to read yet fun to read, and her descri
alexa wandtke
To start off this cover is absolutely beautiful, I mean stunning! I don't even know where to start but The Wizard's Promise had me hooked from the first page. I had read The Assassin's Curse series before (and own), so I was thrilled to find out that Cassandra Rose Clarke would be writing another series from the same world as The Assassin's Curse was in. To say the least The Wizard's Promise did not disappoint. But I will admit that after a few chapters the book will get a little hard but it wil ...more
Owlcat Mountain
I don't use star ratings, so please read my review!

(Description nicked from B&

“Hanna has spent her life hearing about the adventures of her namesake Ananna, the lady pirate, and assassin Naji. She dreams of the same adventures, but little does she know she is about to tumble into one of her own. Hanna is apprenticed to a taciturn fisherman called Kolur, and, during a day of storms and darkness, are swept wildly off course.

In this strange new land, Kolur hires a stranger to join the cr
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
Sara Killough
Teenage Hanna leads a simple life as an apprentice fisher on a small island in the frozen north, but in secret she practices her wind magic, hoping someday to become a witch and go on a great adventure. One day while out on the fishing boat with her taciturn master, Kolur, an ill-fated storm occurs and she finds herself spirited far away from her home against her will. She soon learns that Kolur has his own mysterious agenda that will take them to the north edge of the world, to a city where hum ...more
Brandy Painter
I really had fun reading Clark's former duology, The Assassin's Curse and The Pirate's Wish, so was excited when I discovered another book was coming out set in the same world. While still a fun and intriguing story, I didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous two. Hanna has an interesting past and eventually does some interesting things, but for a large portion of the novel she complains and flounces a lot. The story takes so long to go anywhere truly interesting. The majority of it is spen ...more
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Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She graduated in 2006 from The University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and in 2008 she completed her master’s degree in creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin. Both of these degrees have served her surprisingly well.

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Other Books in the Series

The Hanna Duology (2 books)
  • The Nobleman’s Revenge (The Hanna Duology, #2)
The Assassin's Curse (The Assassin's Curse, #1) The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse, #2) The Mad Scientist's Daughter The Witch's Betrayal (The Assassin's Curse, 0.5) The Automaton's Treasure (The Assassin's Curse #0.6)

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