On These Black Sands (Aisling Sea, Book 1)

About the Book:


In one month, Aoife Cascade will turn twenty and take her seat on the Council of Cregah, an honor she’s been preparing for her whole life. But when she lets a secret slip to her mother with devastating consequences, all her plans for the future crumble. Believing her people to be better off without her, she flees Cregah, stowing away aboard a pirate ship bound for dangerous waters.


Captain Declan McCallagh is young compared to the pirate lords, but after twelve years on the grueling sea, he has earned a well-respected ship and the attention of the lords, who’d like nothing better than to see his ruin. All he wants is to leave the Aisling Sea—and his past—behind him. But when his sister demands he find the enchanted dagger her rebel faction needs to overthrow the ruling Council, he’ll have to decide whether to cast off all family ties or take the perilous voyage to waters guarded by sirens, only passable with the help of the last remaining fae, currently imprisoned by the Council.

With murder and betrayal at every turn, can Aoife and Declan learn to rely on one another? Or will the secrets they carry destroy their people—and each other?



This book was so good. It had everything I love. Pirates, adventure, Fae and sirens, a magical world and a bit of romance.

The plot development in this book was well written. I loved how this book got descriptive and I could literally see the world that Vanessa Rasanen was creating. That fact that world-building never stop was also a big plus for me.

The characters. I don’t even have the proper words to show how much I love Aoife and Declan. All I can say is that I’m so happy this book is part of a series and not a standalone, because I need more of these two.

Overall, I loved this book. It was full of action that never really slows down, and lots of witty banter. I would recommend this book to any Fantasy lover.

*Thank you to Vanessa Rasanen for the gifted book*


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