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The Wizard’s Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke eARC {3.5 Stars}

The Wizard’s Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke is the first in a new duology set in the same world as The Assassin’s Curse and The Pirate’s Wish. The Wizard’s Promise tells the story of a young witch named Hanna who finds herself thrown into the dangerous world of the Mists despite every attempt she makes to just get home. While Hanna had always been hoping for adventure, this wasn’t exactly how she planned it, though it never is ;-). Hanna’s mother served on the pirate ship of a certain pirate queen that might sound familiar to you if you read the previous duology, but you don’t need that background to enjoy The Wizard’s Promise. You just might feel compelled to go read the other books after finishing, hehe.

Note: I received The Wizard’s Promise through Netgalley for an honest review. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Wizard’s Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke eARC {3.5 Stars}

The Wizard's Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke (The Hanna Duology #1)
Published by Strange Chemistry on May 6th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 329 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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All Hanna Euli wants is to become a proper witch – but unfortunately, she’s stuck as an apprentice to a grumpy fisherman. When their boat gets caught up in a mysterious storm and blown wildly off course, Hanna finds herself further away from home than she’s ever been before.

As she tries to get back, she learns there may be more to her apprentice master than she realized, especially when a mysterious, beautiful, and very non-human boy begins following her through the ocean, claiming that he needs Hanna’s help.

3.5 Stars


  • The Wizard’s Promise introduces us to Hanna, whose mother served on a pirate ship before falling for an islander and settling in the northern islands. Hanna is a witch in training and a really fun main character. She’s one of those MC’s that I wish I could be friends with and not just so she would teach me her witchy powers ;-).
  • We got brief glimpses of magic in the previous series, but in The Wizard’s Promise we find out about how the human magic works first hand. Hanna has an affinity with the wind, she thinks the south wind to be specific, haha. Wind magic is pretty cool and useful when you are a fisherwoman in training :D. I like that the magic system in this world is similar to the typical four elements, but adds in ingredients and other complications to keep things interesting.
  • I’m happy to report that you don’t need to read the previous series before this one, since The Wizard’s Promise takes place a generation after the first series. However, it is a lot of fun to catch references to events I read about previously, so The Wizard’s Promise is definitely enriched by the previous series. I think it would be a lot of fun to go in the other direction as well though, with the caveat that you’ll spoil a few minor/obvious things for yourself.
  • Given how much we heard about how spooky and dangerous the northern islands are in the previous books, it was so much fun to get to see them finally! The Wizard’s Promise definitely has a bit of a spooky atmosphere to it because of this awesome setting, though we also get a well-rounded view of the different cultures that are lumped together by outsiders.


  •  I feel like I say this with every Strange Chemistry book, but like the previous series, The Wizard’s Promise had a bit of a wandering plot. You think you know where things are going, but then they don’t really end up there. I couldn’t honestly tell you what the main plot of The Wizard’s Promise is besides Hanna just reacting to events and trying to stay alive/get home, though that doesn’t really work since there wasn’t much of a resolution on that front….
  • Overall The Wizard’s Promise very much felt like a setup for the second book both because of the previous point of just getting Hanna to the northern reaches and because of the cliffhanger. I’m not dying to find out what happens next, but I feel a bit unsatisfied.
  • The Wizard’s Promise is a bit awkwardly similar to The Assassin’s Curse in that it is about a special girl meeting and eventually helping a magical guy who she might have feelings for. Sound familiar?


The Wizard’s Promise introduces a great new set of characters and setting within the same world as The Assassin’s Curse. It’s a lot of fun to get to explore new areas while also hearing stories about the characters we loved previously. Hanna and her magic are quite enjoyable to read about, and as long as you don’t die from lack of closure, you’ll probably enjoy The Wizard’s Promise as much as you did The Assassin’s Curse (whether positive or negative).

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 The Wizard’s Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke

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  1. Mmmm I still find the cover terribly intriguing, it seems fun tho. Shall give it a shot!

  2. Hmm…does Hanna have the same accent/dialect the narrator in Assassin’s Curse had? I remember her speech/thoughts driving me crazy. Thanks for the great review!
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  3. Not sure if I’ll get around to reading this or not, but wow I really love the cover. The weaknesses don’t really make me want to spend the time. But again, I’m a sucker for a cover I love…

    • Haha, have you read the first set of books? You could try those, they’re a lot of fun and give you a good idea of her style.

  4. oh, glad to see you enjoyed this one! I’ve been eyeing it since I’ve heard awesome things about her other novel. The Assassin’s Curse, I’m pretty sure it’s called? Shame that the plot wanders, though. I’ve not read many Strange Chemistry books, but it’s weird that that seems to be a recurring theme in their novels. Granted, I find Flux’s books are usually really bad. So.
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    • Yup, Assassin’s Curse is the first book of the first duology and Pirate’s Wish is the second :). I like that the smaller pubs are more willing to take chances on books that don’t fit the mainstream, but it does seem to mean that there are more misses, oh well!

  5. Even though you don’t *need* to read The Assassin’s Curse before these – I still want to…if only because those books have been waiting longer for me to get to them >.< So far I've only read 3-star reviews for this one,a lot of people seem a bit underwhelmed compared to the previous books, especially by the lack of action/plot direction as you mentioned. It's not to be prepared so hopefully it won't lessen my enjoyment of this duology too much when the time comes! I've heard such good things about the magical system and you just confirmed it here so I think I should be fine hehe
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    • Haha, fair, and like I said, I think that you’ll have more fun with this one if you catch the Assassin’s Curse references ;-). I suspect the sequel to this one will be awesome though, since it really seems to Clarke’s pattern to plot the first book oddly.

  6. I still need to read the rest of the series. I read The Assassin’s Curse and enjoyed it, and I have both this one and The Pirate’s Wish, but for some reason I just haven’t read them yet!

    I’ve been feeling a bit of a YA kick coming on lately, though, so maybe now is a good time to get them read so that I can catch up!

    • I was only able to fit in Pirate’s Wish because I went on a crazy long roadtrip in December, haha. It’s totally worth it though since it is really the meat of that duology ya know?

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