Monday 30th March 2020


April 1579: When two ships meet off the Pacific coast of New Spain, an enslaved woman seizes the chance to escape.

But Maria has unwittingly joined Francis Drake’s circumnavigation voyage and he’s about to set sail on a secret detour to find the fabled Anian Straits in the far north.

Sailing into danger, fog and ice on the Golden Hind, a lone woman among eighty men, Maria will be tested to the very limits of her endurance. It will take all her wits to survive – and courage to cut the ties that bind her to Drake to pursue her own journey. How far will Maria go to be truly free? Inspired by a true story, this is the tale of one woman’s uncharted voyage of survival.

On Wilder Seas is a speculative historical novel inspired by the true story of Maria, the only woman aboard the Golden Hind during Francis Drake’s circumnavigation voyage. As Drake’s secret mission takes the ship into the Arctic north, Maria’s world opens up and she makes a bid for true freedom.

Published by Legend Press on 16th March 2020, 308 pages

Based on the true story of Maria, a woman erased from the history books. Nikki has spent 10 years researching the novel which really shows in this fantastically descriptive book. If you enjoy historical fiction and tales of strong woman that history forgot then this is for you.

Thanks to Legend Press for my copy in exchange for review

Nikki has been shortlisted for Myriad Editions First Draft Competition and the Historical Novel Society’s New Novel Award. Nikki lives in Amersham with her husband and three children. She previously worked as a journalist at Incisive Media.

Twitter @nikkimarmery

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