Book Spotlight: The Ship of Shadows – Maria Kuzniar

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I’m so pleased to be featuring a wonderful new publication from Puffin. The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar has explorers and pirates like you’ve never seen them before!

This image shows a very colorful book cover for The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar. It is primarily orange and blue. It is quite detailed with a pirate ship, three female pirates and a young girl.

Aleja whiles away her days in her family’s dusty tavern in Seville, dreaming of distant lands and believing in the kind of magic that she’s only ever read about in books. After all, she’s always being told that girls can’t be explorers.

But her life is changed forever when adventure comes for her in the form of a fabled vessel called the Ship of Shadows. Crewed by a band of ruthless women, with cabin walls dripping with secrets, the ship has sailed right out of a legend. And it wants Aleja.

Once on board its shadowy deck, she begins to realize that the sea holds more secrets than she ever could have imagined. The crew are desperately seeking something, and their path will take them through treacherous waters and force them to confront nightmare creatures and pitch-dark magic. It will take all of Aleja’s strength and courage to gain the trust of her fellow pirates – and discover what they are risking everything to find.

About the author
Photo of the author Maria Kuzniar

Maria Kuzniar spent six years living in Spain, teaching English and travelling the world, which inspired her debut novel The Ship of Shadows. Now she lives in Nottingham with her husband, where she reads and writes as much as she can and bookstagrams at @cosyreads. She is always planning her next adventure.

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You can get your hands on The Ship of Shadows right now from your local independent bookshop (they can order it for you!) or from

Will you be reading The Ship of Shadows? Let me know in the comments below.

Wishing you a bookish week,

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