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The Navigator's Touch

(The Seafarer's Kiss #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  63 Ratings  ·  35 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
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!
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
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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
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
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  (YABookers)
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
Asha Hartland-Asbury
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 14, 2018 marked it as diverse-radar
#1 The Seafarer's Kiss ★★☆☆

i was a tad underwhelmed by the first book so *fingers crossed* this will be an improvement
Olivia Chanel's Galaxy of Books
RTC / rating is between 4 and 5 stars, I haven’t decided yet.
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
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,
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prideathon, favorites
4.5 stars

CW: violence, gore (There's a full list of content warnings by chapter in the back of the novel.)

Those of you that know me know that I adore Julia Ember's novels. This one was no exception. With a queer shield-maiden/mermaid romance, revenge, Norse mythology, a morally gray protagonist, and a pitch describing it as a Captain Hook origin story, what's not to love?

Ragna is an amazing, albeit brutal protagonist that I couldn't help but root for. She wanted revenge on the men that wronged h
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
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
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
***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
Chantel (BW Reviews)
Jun 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
06/10/18: Got approved for an ARC on Netgalley! Happy (early) birthday to me!
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.
Macy Klingerman
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review coming but

Ashley Elliott
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
I love mermaid books and Norse mythology and badass women warriors and this book has all of those things. This is Ragna’s story of taking back her home and trying to save the day. This is a super short book so Ember didn’t really get into the emotional aspect of the story but I still did enjoy it for the action. I need the next in the series as soon as possible because this book has the perfect kind of cliffhanger!
Story Eater
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read this out of order with The Seafarer’s Kiss. Every aspect of the characters that may or may not have been used in the first book is new to me.

It seems like all the good stories have already been told, and all modern writers can do is take the originals (that were already good enough) and make them “different” or “better” by appropriating some aspect of modern culture onto them. I know many people like retellings with twists (or publishers wouldn’t publish them), but I believe that this ty
Luna Bookish
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 something new and her own. I know that sounds contradictory, but it is true.

I also really liked about th
May 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book but unfortunately it’s another miss.

“The Navigator’s Touch” switches point of view from the first novel to Ragna, the warrior captain who hungers for revenge against the people who slaughtered her family before taking her from her home to be used as a weapon, but when she runs short on help and Ersel falls ill, she finds herself with a bargain of her own with the infamous trickster god and no clear idea as to where this new path will lead.

Now I don’t know if t
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This book gets a resounding OK from me. Not amazing by any means, but also not the worst thing I've ever read. It had a lot of cool elements--Norse Gods, Vikings, battles, mermaids, and lots of badass female characters so there was a lot to like in a world building sense. I think the execution was the most lacking part of the whole story and this criticism goes for both the first and second book in this series.

First of all the pacing feels off. We spend so much time with these characters working
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Listen, I REALLY enjoyed this book but I after The Seafarer's Kiss, I had high expectations and they weren't quite met. I will go more into detail in my review that'll be going up in a couple days but the short version: I loved Ragna's character development and her back story, as well as all the different relationships she has throughout the book. I had two problems with the book: one is that it dragged a little in the beginning and took some time to get started but once
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Julia lives with her girlfriend and their city based menagerie of pets with Harry Potter themed names. Luna Lovegood and Sirius Black the cats currently run her life. Julia is a bisexual writer and regularly takes part in events for queer teens.

She is the author of The Seafarer's Kiss and The Navigator's Touch, released by Interlude Press/Duet Books in 2017 and 2018. The duology features Norse re

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