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The Navigator's Touch

(The Seafarer's Kiss #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  212 ratings  ·  71 reviews
After invaders destroyed her village, murdered her family, and took her prisoner, shield-maiden Ragna is hungry for revenge. A trained warrior, she is ready to fight for her home, but with only a mermaid and a crew of disloyal mercenaries to aid her, Ragna knows she needs new allies. Guided by the magical maps on her skin, battling storms and mutiny, Ragna sets sail across ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 13th 2018 by Duet Books, the YA imprint of Interlude Press
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Julia Ember
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this!! It's about:

Seafaring Viking Warrior Women who take no bullshit

A hoard of Norse gods

How Captain Hook originated

Queer ladies


The Navigator's Touch takes place after the events of The Seafarer's Kiss and can be read either as a sequel, or as a standalone companion. The book is told from Ragna's perspective and is very much her tale. You do not need to have read the first book to understand it. Some of the characters from the first book will appear, but there are lots of new
The Navigator's Touch is a companion novel to The Seafarer's Kiss rather than a direct sequel, those who have already read the first book will be familiar with some of the characters but you could start with this book without getting lost. Ragna was the shield-maiden who rescued Ersel in the first book but this instalment is really her story, it starts before The Seafarer's Kiss then there is a small amount of crossover before it continues on past events we've already read about. We get to find ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Content Warnings: from the publisher's website (

Part 1, Chapter 4: Murder of a child, beating with a belt
Part 1, Chapter 11: Discussion of torture
Part 2, Chapter 1: Animal death, graphic depiction of battle injuries
Part 2, Chapter 4: Depiction of a human-eating monster, graphic execution
Part 2, Chapter 5: Imprisonment of children
General warnings: violence, depiction of kidnapping

Note: I have not yet read The Seafarer's Kiss. This review is based solely on the
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

Actual Rating: 4.5*

LOL THAT'S NOT HOW THIS ALL ENDS. That's not fair. There is going to be another book right?? Because this was good - and getting to the best part. So like no, there is more. Full review to come on Books and Ladders closer to release date!
CR Daylex
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Listen, this is what I wanted from Sky in the Deep.

Ragna is a cruel, ruthless Viking captain. This book is all about her revenge on the people who destroyed her home and kidnapped her in The Seafarer’s Kiss. In this book, we leave Ersel’s undersea world behind and instead occupy the Viking world.

I loved Ragna. She is ambitious af and flawed, but self-aware in a way that makes her still likeable. Even as she’s doing terrible things, she knows she’s walking down a dark road, she just sees her ul
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Rep: sapphic mc, f/f romance

I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

The Navigator's Touch is the sequel to The Seafarer's Kiss, following a pirate with the element of Norse mythology. I read The Seafarer's Kiss last year and I liked it enough, though it wasn't my favourite.

So, pirate books and me tend to not get along. I don't know what it is about them but I have trouble enjoying them, and I didn't know this was
I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

To lead this crew, I had to promise them the world and dangle their nightmares from the top of my silver hook.

Before I learned that The Navigator’s Touch was a retelling of Peter Pan, specifically Captain Hook, I wasn’t sure if it would be a sequel, or more like a companion novel that tells the story of what Ragna was doing while Ersel was fighting for her own freedom. In the end, it was both. It’s mostly a sequel, but a few fl
S.E. Anderson
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
RAGNA AND ERSEL ARE BACK! When the opportunity came from the author for me to read the latest installment, The Navigator’s Touch, I dropped everything to see what happens next!

Unlike in the first book, The Navigator’s Touch follows Ragna’s perspective, as she vows revenge upon the men who raided her village and killed her family. It can be read either as a sequel or a companion novel, and you don’t need to read the first book to understand it, but I highly recommend you do, since The Seafarer’s
Megan  (thebookishtwins)
Disclaimer: I received this free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Ragna is a skilled warrior and is on a quest for revenge and to save her home. She was dragged away in the middle of the night, her family murdered, her village destroyed. Now she is back, ready to reclaim her home and free the children who are held captive. However, she only has a mermaid and a disloyal crew to aid her in her mission. She crosses the Northsea in hope of aid from a Jarl in Skjordal. However, th
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it

Julia creates such fun and adventurous stories!! I love all the mythology! Any story that has gods and mermaids is a win for me!! I think I actually liked this book better than the first of the series, and I hope it's not the last! There is SOOO much more of the story left!!!!

This is a quick read and it could definitely be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend you read "The Seafarer's Kiss" first, just to get the background of Er
Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Seafarer’s Kiss, which was some of the best F/F fantasy I’ve read, so when I saw that there was going to be a sequel, I was very excited! The Navigator’s Touch is an excellent addition to Ragna and Ersel’s story.

Where The Seafarer’s Kiss was from Ersel’s perspective, showing us the intricacies of life under the sea, The Navigator’s Touch is from Ragna’s, and we follow her on her journey to get revenge on Haakon, the man responsible for the sack
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The sequel to The Seafarer’s Kiss is a fun, quick read. The story picks up with Ragna on the ship she commandeered after defeating the man who ransacked her village, losing her hand in the process. Now she and the mermaid Ersel, blessed by Loki with a changing form, set off to retake her home. But Ragna’s anger and thirst for vengeance do not endear her to the crew, who she distrusts and resents, nor to Ersel who she begins to take for granted. Running low on supplies, Ragna is forced to postpon ...more
Alysia Constantine
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Navigator’s Touch is the continuation of the story begun in The Seafarer’s Kiss; although you can read this one all on its own without reading the first book, why would you? I mean, more books, amIright?

I’m going to be brief, because the novel itself contains enough of the backstory for you to understand what’s happening (and, even better, you can read the first book, The Seafarer’s Kiss, which is a new telling of the original Norse myth which Disney’s The Little Mermaid bastardized). Ragna
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shoutout to NetGalley and the author for an eARC of this in exchange for an honest review. Buckle up, because I really liked it and devoured it in 2.5 days.

First, can we just talk about the cover for a minute? This book and its predecessor have the most beautiful covers art, and I could post like 800 pictures of them on Instagram. Okay, now that’s out of the way, onto the review.

The Navigator’s Touch is the follow up to Ember’s 2017 release, The Seafarer’s Kiss, and we pick up at the end of the
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Warnings (as provided on publisher's site, and in the book): murder of a child, beating with a belt, discussion of torture, animal death, graphic depiction of battle injuries, depiction of a human-eating monster, graphic execution, imprisonment of children, violence, depiction of kidnapping

Companion to The Seafarer's Kiss, this book continues the story from Ragna's perspective as she seeks to get revenge on those who harmed her village, as well as hoping to find her lost cousin. Since being a ca
Ry Herman
A worthy follow-up to The Seafarer's Kiss, focusing on Ragna instead of Ersel this time. It turns out she's just as fascinating a character in her own right. Based on the ending, it certainly seems like more sequels are coming, and I'm definitely looking forward to them. ...more
Naomi Tajedler
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Seafarer's Kiss had swept me away in a world of wonder, magic, and self-discovery.
In the same vein and with the same talent, Julia Ember took me away in The Navigator's Touch, with something poignant underlying the whole story.
Where Ersel's journey took my heart because it was about finding herself, Raga captured me because I read it as a journey to rebuild yourself after a tragedy, to find out who you are after something vital was taken away--not her hand, but her innocence.
I loved it all,
Julia Ember’s Norse mermaid/seafaring duology is one of the greatest gifts fairytale retellings have ever received. The Seafarer’s Kiss was among my favorite books that I read in the past year, and easily one of the best Little Mermaid stories to exist. I loved that book’s ending, and never expected, until I heard about it a few months ago, to read more of Ersel and Ragna’s story. But here we are, with The Navigator’s Touch, told from Ragna’s point of view this time and illustrating her trials a ...more
Megan (ReadingRover)
Solid duology. I loved the descriptions of life at sea and the peppering of Norse mythology throughout the book. This story wasn’t laced with as much magic as the first nor did it have as many appearances from the gods but the little it had was meaningful. I also found that it moved a bit slower paced than the first book. It would be interesting if this actually was a trilogy because I think a third book showing what happened along the next leg of the journey would be a good conclusion. But this ...more
Charlotte Blackwell
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, f-f, fantasy, ya
“Come with me,” he said, breathless, and extended his hand to her. “I will make you a queen among gods.”

“I have a duty to my people.!

The god bowed his head. Fate had directed his hjarta, and he was as powerless against the Norns as any mortal.

“Then my duty will be to you.”

Immediately following the events of The Seafarer’s Kiss, The Navigator’s Touch follows Ragna, book one’s shipwrecked captive. A descendent of the union between Heimdallr and a human woman named Sigrid, Ragna bears the shifting
this was good, but didn't really draw me in. rep: ragna as only one hand and is only interested in girls; ersel is fat and in an f/f relationship with ragna; loki is genderfluid and uses they/them pronouns and there is another important side character who uses they/them and is in love with a woman. these things are important and i'm grateful. i, personally, wasn't that fond of the f/f relationship as it wasn't necessarily a hea (or happy now) thing and not really that defined, but girls deserve ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I want to note that I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley for this review.

What I Liked

While I really enjoyed the first book in this companion series, The Seafarer’s Kiss, I found this retelling to be just as imaginative and interesting. This time around Julia Ember pulled from Norse mythology to aid in creating a retelling of Peterpan in a way. I find that Ember does a wonderful job in keeping to the characters she is has drawn inspiration from, but also makes them some
Nicole Strand
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Norse mythology with strong, badass women? Yes please! This is the companion to The Seafarers Kiss. She takes the Umberland approach and each book is a "retelling" of a different story. The last one being The Little Mermaid inspired. ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this from the author in return for an honest review.

So...there's gonna be more...right?

I read The Navigator's Touch as a standalone. The story focused on Ragna leading her ship across the waters to get revenge on those who destroyed her home and to save her cousin. It's a really hard-hitting tale that will leave you with a lot of feelings.

The non-binary characters, including Loki, were incredibly important to me. Mythos suggests that it's possible and it's wonderful to
Olivia Chanel's Stories in Space
RTC / rating is between 4 and 5 stars, I haven’t decided yet.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-reads
***I received a free e-ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

I hate reviewing books so poorly before they’ve even released, but The Navigator’s Touch was a disappointment. It was boring most of the time, lacked a greater sense of plot, and the protagonist was annoying and unlikable.

The Navigator’s Touch is a companion to the f/f romance, little mermaid retelling, The Seafarer’s Kiss (which is also inspired by Norse mythology). This book can be read as a standalone
Colleen Corgel
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
*I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

I enjoyed this story well enough. It's full of myth and magic, with a healthy dose of bloody politics to go along with it. The romance is bitter sweet, and it just irks me that it is more open ended at the end.

I enjoyed Ragna's learning to be a leader. It helps that we do get to see some of those leadership qualities that magically appear when needed for most protagonists are a struggle for Ragna to master. She's too para
Kara Jorgensen
Dec 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I feel the need to justify a 3 star review because I certain didn't dislike this book. It took me a long time to get through, and there were definitely times I sat and wondered if I was enjoying it. I sort of feel like this book couldn't figure out what it wanted to be or where it wanted to go. In 240 pages, we cover a lot of ground, and at times, I wish the author had slowed down and spent more time with the characters, events, etc. Also, things that were interesting were off page (due to them ...more
Jun 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
06/10/18: Got approved for an ARC on Netgalley! Happy (early) birthday to me!
Jamie Coudeville
I thought this was a duology but this story doesn't seem finished. I enjoyed getting to know Ragna better. It's a shame we didn't get more Ersel. ...more
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Julia Ember’s books include The Seafarer’s Kiss duology, a Norse myth inspired retelling of The Little Mermaid, published by Interlude Press (Duet Books), and Ruinsong, a standalone high fantasy reimagining of The Phantom of the Opera, published by Macmillan Kids (FSG) in November 2020.

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