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Snatched from the only home she’s ever known aboard the Wielder’s Prize, Jasmine is forced to work as a crew member of a different ship. To survive, Jasmine must dodge her captor who has a personal vendetta against her, outsmart a fearsome magic wielder who has taken a dangerous interest in her, and get back to her ship. Somehow.

Just when she thinks things coul
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Paperback, 284 pages
Published October 14th 2019
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C. McKenzie
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Life aboard a sailing ship is all young Midge has ever known. That and the fact she must masquerade as a boy because females are considered bad luck at sea, set the stage for her journey. However, she soon begins to discover there’s a lot she doesn’t know about who she is and why she’s a cabin boy on a trader.

At each turn young Midge, whose real name is Jasmine, uncovers more about who she really is and who the people in her life really are. No one is simply a ship’s cook, a father, a wielder.
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Crystal Collier
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Wonderful Surprise

Adventure. Battles. Magic. Dangers just below the surface. This book was such a breath of fresh air, and I loved going on a voyage with these characters. I read this in less than a day around lots of familial commitments, so it clearly had some great tension. Looking forward to installment #2!
Cathrina Constantine
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I had the pleasure of reading a good swashbuckler.

A delightfully enchanting story of a girl, pretending to be a boy, on a tall ship full of men. Jasmine, aka, Midge has lived on the Wielder’s Prize for as long as she can remember. The cook, her father, keeps her beauty hidden by giving Jasmine a couple of knocks to the face, which is disturbing. When she’s shanghaied to another ship, she encounters a wielder. A wielder, in other terms is a magician, a wizard. While on th
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Alex Cavanaugh
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A tense adventure that will keep you guessing with all of its wicked twists and turns. You'll feel for Midge as the tension grows and the predicaments grow worse. Highly recommended!
Michael Di Gesu
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed WIELDER’S PRIZE. Typically in YA we have a female protagonist of around sixteen or seventeen, but Ms. Cardy chose to mask her heroine as a ship-boy, which adds a very intriguing dimension to the story. Midge/jasmine is very intricate and well rounded, despite her many disadvantages of ship life: forever beaten by her father, and apprenticed to study cooking under him, her real longing is to become a crewman on her beloved ship, the Wielder’s Prize, but sadly this may never h ...more
Nick Wilford
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A thrilling tale of adventure set aboard the high seas, and in a magical universe which holds plenty of secrets to boot. Jasmine/Midge is an engaging and likeable hero (or heroine, I should say) with plenty of attitude, and I found myself rooting for her throughout as she comes up against some pretty formidable odds and foes - and it's hard to know who she can trust. The ships and sea almost feel like characters themselves, and I felt like I was right there on deck facing the dangers. I would ha ...more
Adrienne
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun story! I could not put it down and so stayed up way too late reading it. Among the things I liked best were (1) the conflicted, imperfect, but very likeable heroine and (2) one of the major spoilers, which was also one of the book’s most squee-worthy moments. There is a lot of potential in the worldbuilding, and I hope the sequel shows us more of that world and more of how magic works in it. I really enjoyed the sequences with magic in this novel and would like to understand ...more
Carol Riggs
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this tale of a girl who lives on the sea aboard a ship called the Wielder’s Prize. Jasmine has a rough life as a crewmate (note: a few scenes of physical abuse included, when she’s beaten). The magic threaded through this novel was fascinating, and the worldbuilding details were creative. Wielding—using someone’s magic—what a great term! The characters had real emotions and weren’t afraid to use them. Things were well-described.

In sum, this novel is a lively adventure, peopled with inte
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Juneta Key
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Life aboard a ship is no place for a girl it is bad luck for the ship, so Midge's father to protect her raises her as a boy. There is a bit about family violence written very well but it weaves into the story as the life she is living is revealed and the discoveries she is about to make about herself.

It is very much a high seas adventure full of magic, discovery, and rolling hijinks. It kept me turning the pages. The characters are well written and you find yourself cheering and anxious for Mid
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Hilary Melton-butcher
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A seafaring adventure story, a plot to devour, characters to enjoy ... a delight to read.

This is a treat to read ... I'm an adult - but it took me back to my teenage years ... when some truth in the story line could easily be read into the fantasy ... I could visualise each plot ... the high seas, the island, the skirmishes - both on the ship and on land, the romance edging in ... it's a delight and is really well written - a treat to read. I hope Elle Cardy will write a series ... I can see a
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Drakecula
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Midge is not your typical ship’s boy. For starters, she’s not a boy and her real name is Jasmine. As such she is very good at hiding her true nature. When she encounters a wielder (a magic user) she discovers her own abilities and draws the unwanted attention of the Guardians, wielders who ensure untrained wielders are taken care of. Jasmine must get control of her power before she hurts herself and others.

So begins an adventure on the seas, with twists and turns, drama and perhaps a little rom
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Elle Cardy is an author, editor, game developer, 3D artist, graphic designer, photographer, gamer and so much more. She has a number of speculative short stories published in print and online. Wielder’s Prize is her debut young adult fantasy adventure. Having lived in Sydney most of her life, she is now a relative newcomer to sunny Brisbane where
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