Dark is the Sea by Heather Blanchard
Mystery, witchcraft and intrigue take centre stage in Heather Blanchard’s shadowy debut tale of a reluctant young witch, forced to her darkest potential in ﬁghting for all that remains of her tragic family.
Rowan Munro had always wanted to be normal, but abduction as a child and the disappearance of her mother soon after had ruined any chance of her ﬁtting in. Crippled with grief and with no trace of his beloved wife, Rowan’s father resides himself to loss, moving what remained of his small family away from Dorchay. After years of listless moving he settled what lit- tle was left of his small family in London where his devastation would drive him, fatally, to drink.
At just eighteen Rowan is left alone without immediate family, and ﬁnally succumbs to her great aunt Kit- ty’s offer to return home, in spite of the painful memories that surely await her. Gathering her meagre be- longings she boards the Caledonian Sleeper headed straight for Dorchay, quietly intent on ﬁnding an- swers to the questions that have plagued her since her fraught childhood.
En route north to Scotland the mystery only intensiﬁes. But as she encounters a strangely familiar ﬁgure on the train, Rowan’s inquisitiveness gives way to fear, keeping her distance from the alluring young man. On arriving, Rowan is greeted by a welcome sight in aunt Kitty, and for a brief time feels at ease with her surroundings. But as Rowan realises things may not be what they seem in these once known surround- ings, Kitty reveals a shocking truth about her family’s sorcerous powers. Rowan comes from a long line of witches, and for once in her life, she’s no different.
More terrifying than this unbelievable truth, the reluctant young witch learns she’s marked for death by the Hunter – a callous and vengeful predator tasked with rounding up and destroying Rowan’s kind to the very last – and is forced to master her long-hidden abilities in order to ﬁght back. Did this dark force mur- der her mother, and how could she stand a chance of stopping it? Caught in an overwhelming spiral of disappearances, murders, and unseen threat, the increasingly fearless teenager is about plunge headlong into a world she never could have imagined. Committing her mind, and body to the dark arts, she begins to wrest control of her own destiny.
Dark is the Sea is the must-read debut from Heather Blanchard, driven by a ﬁercely modern heroine, it’s sure to draw in fans of dark fantasy, the supernatural and beyond. Wrought with twists and turns, her vividly realised characters are planted ﬁrmly in the dark and misty locale of remote Dorchay, in a coming of age story like no other. Blanchard will have you squirming at the edge of your seat, and desperate for the next chapter of Rowan Munro’s tumultuous journey toward the fulﬁlment of her destiny.
About Heather Blanchard: After her career in early education, Heather moved into writing and her stun- ning debut, Dark is the Sea is the culmination of two years painstaking work. She is currently studying for an M.A. in Gothic Studies, and lives in the South of England with her husband, Paul. Visit www.darkisthesea.com for more details.