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Dain Alloway was only nine years old when he began a new life with his father, sailing aboard The Maiden. Eight years later, the aristocratic city-boy turned merchant-sailor feels like he lives with one foot on land, and one foot in the sea. Life floats smoothly by until the night he wakes to find a mysterious woman in his cabin.

The events that unfold after her appearance
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Published February 7th 2020 by Whimsical Publishing
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Micheline Ryckman
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
My firstborn was only three months old when I developed the story of The Maiden Ship. That was twenty-one years ago. The book didn’t get far back then because the demands of a new marriage, a new child, and so many other life callings forced me to set the story aside. It wasn’t until 2018 that I revisited The Maiden Ship. And that decision was brought on by several major life events: a mix of chronic health struggles, my firstborn leaving home for college (don’t let anyone ever tell you it’s ...more
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If you love magic, mystery, and adventure with a pinch of romance, then you will love The Maiden Ship!

The pacing was perfect, the world building was great, and the characters were very lovable.
I really loved Dain and Sable but I think Mo is my favorite character. He was like a big wise teddy bear!

This was a great and enjoyable read! I can't wait to read where the story goes next in the next book!



This book was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 and I'm very thankful to Micheline Ryckman
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Madalyn
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to read this debut novel and I have to say I enjoyed every minute of it and it was a great debut!

We follow Dain Alloway aboard his father's merchant vessel, The Maiden. Dain has always wanted to escape his life at sea and has a plan intact to do just that when one night something magical happens that just might derail those plans and change Dain's perspective of the world he lives in forever....

High sea adventure, magic, self discovery, heartwarming friendships and romance are
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Bryn
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I think the best summation of this book is simply, "absolutely enjoyable." There's nothing more satisfying then a rich mix of action, humor, mystery, brilliant characters and heart-warming moments.

The Maiden Ship had all this and more. Ryckman has created a completely unique world with a past, present and future rife with secrets, lost knowledge, dark villains and hearty heroes (can I get more of Mo, please?).

While The Maiden Ship itself is a complete story, I feel like our toes have barely
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Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, fantasy, young-adult, arc
Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own!

I WANT TO BE ON THE MAIDEN SHIP.

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I really enjoyed this fantasy tale. It has whimsy, mystery, romance, and so much more. For a first book in a series it definitely kept me intrigued and interested in where this story goes next.

These characters were all amazing and so well thought out. I felt that by the end I had a good grasp of everyone and love them all. I liked the unique personalities
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Jaileen DeLay
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! That is the first word that comes to mind after finishing this book. I will admit going into it I didn't know much about the story but I was hooked from the very beginning. The characters were extremely likable (Mo being my favorite) and the pacing was perfect. The way the story flowed made me not want to put it down! Its a beautiful story about magic and finding ones true place in life. I absolutely loved it. I can not wait to see how Dain's story will continue.
Hannah
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the pacing of this novel. It wasn't too fast or too slow, it was just right and always held your interest. It was the perfect blend of action, humour, cuteness, and adventure. It fits its genre well, easily enjoyed by teens through to adults. I loved the world building, it was vivid and engaging. I honestly couldn't put the book down. I can't wait for the sequel, and this one isn't even released until February 7th 2020!!
I received and ARC copy from the publisher in return for an honest
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Allison
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book, and I really enjoyed it! This novel has a nice brisk pace that keeps you interested and reading, but still gives you time to absorb everything going on. The plot was also very well thought out, and I loved the dynamics of the crew aboard The Maiden.

This was a debut novel, and although it’s well done, there are still parts where you can tell it’s the author’s first novel. I noticed that was particularly evident in the dialogue at some parts, and
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Tyanne
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What’s better than reading an author’s debut novel? Nothing. Absolutely nothing!

I loved The Maiden Ship. It was such a refreshing fantasy read that is different than what is currently out there. It’s the story of Dain, a sailor who soon finds out that magic and family are very different than what he currently believes. The pace of story is perfect, nothing is drawn out and overdone while the world building is amazing! I’d love to know more about the realm of The Four Kingdoms that Ryckman has
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Alice Dobrinsky
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get an advanced readers copy of this book, and I absolutely adored it. And by that I mean I finished it in a little over a day. It was exciting, well paced, and I loved the characters. Dain is such a good protagonist, and so different from the usual male main in YA books, I loved him right away. The world-building is beautifully done, with little details cast in throughout, so there’s a gorgeous world you feel like you know, but not a lot spent on exposition so you can get ...more
Erina Bayrak
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to read this book so badly!!! I'm pretty sure I would have loved this book. But it says that it'll be available sometime in february 2020. Is it a country thing or hasn't this book come out yet?
Caitlyn Ainge
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fabulous book - and a DEBUT novel, which makes it even more impressive. I absolutely fell in love with the characters. The story concept is great and the pacing was awesome. I’m so excited to read the sequel when it comes out! Can’t wait to see what happens to all my
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I really enjoyed this! It’s a brilliant first novel, with an amazing story, plot and characters! I loved the magic system in this, and how it was explained. The characters were all very fun and engaging, and I liked every single one of them! I cannot wait for The Lion of the Sea, and where it take the characters and the world!
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Artist, illustrator, author, book lover. Illustrator for the graphic novel Charting Stars, and author of the YA fantasy adventure, The Maiden Ship.

Micheline Ryckman lives with her family on a farm in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. She is co-owner of Whimsical Publishing, and an accomplished artist/illustrator in multiple mediums. The Maiden Ship is her debut novel, the first in an upcoming
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