The best fantasy books set by the sea to warm the winter blues

Lina C. Amarego Author Of Daughter of the Deep
By Lina C. Amarego

The Books I Picked & Why

The Saltwater Heir

By Cassidy Clarke

Book cover of The Saltwater Heir

Why this book?

This book has all my favorite tropes; sibling banter, friends to lovers, and elemental magic. But best of all, it’s set in the beach-side kingdom of Atlas, and it instantly transports readers. It made me cry several times, and I can’t wait for the sequel! Best of all, Clarke is an independent author with a unique voice and gorgeous prose that has a visceral effect. 


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On These Black Sands

By Vanessa Rasanen

Book cover of On These Black Sands

Why this book?

This pirate tale set on the high seas has a bit of everything. The main character is both engaging and multidimensional and is a joy to follow through the book. The sharp, snarky commentary and political intrigue add for tons of twists and turns. But the best parts are the morally grey love interest and fae magic.


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The Maiden Ship: Book 1 of 3

By Micheline Ryckman

Book cover of The Maiden Ship: Book 1 of 3

Why this book?

This self-published beauty is the perfect soft, sweet pirate read to warm anyone’s heart. The main romance is to die for, and the descriptions within feel almost painted. Ryckman is a well-paced storyteller, and this debut novel from her reads almost like a fairytale. But best of all, it features plenty of piratey goodness and tons of adventure. 


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Daughter of the Pirate King

By Tricia Levenseller

Book cover of Daughter of the Pirate King

Why this book?

This book cultivated my love for pirate books, and the fantasy elements are woven in expertly. The main character is both fierce and feminine, and is such a role model for readers of all ages. The plot had plenty of twists and turns, and the adventure never slowed. It grips the reader until the very end!


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Fable

By Adrienne Young

Book cover of Fable

Why this book?

This story is full of tons of heart and even more adventure. Another sea-faring tale, this book takes the reader on a ride to remember, all while making them feel. I absolutely fell in love with the cast of characters, and the writing itself is stunning. The sequel is just as captivating! 


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