Friday 17 December 2021

Audio: Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray

Narrated by: Georgina Campbell, Lucian Msamati

Series: Orphans of the Tide, Book 1

Length: 9 hrs

Release date: Dec 14th 2021

Publisher: Harper Audio

I chose this cos it was MG and once in a while I try one of those. But to be honest, what made this MG and not YA? I have no idea. The age of the character? I fear I must have missed it cos I had no age for her. She could have been 12, she could have been 20. She lived alone, worked as an inventor/fixing things. She had left the orphanage. Her best friend seemed to work there. Yes I saw her more as 18. But my bad for not hearing it.

So, for me listening it never had any sort of MG feel to it.

A world with only one city left standing. The gods drowned, the world drowned. The enemy comes and takes over humans and burst out and causes mayhem. Priests rule, whale lords rule. The sea gives and takes. Fear is always near, when will the Enemy return?

And a boy is washed ashore in a whale. WITCH HUNT BEGINS

Ugh those inquisitors, like maybe talk to someone before you burn him at the stake!`

Ellie and Seth makes a good team...eventually. Hiding, running, trying to figure who he is, and what the enemy is.

I am intrigued about the background, how the world drowned, how the gods did, but maybe in future books.

I liked it, I guess what made it more MG than YA is "nicer" and not violent. Oh who knows. It would work for any age group.

Good narration. Since I did not know ages, it all worked out. She left it rather open too

When a mysterious boy washes in with the tide, the citizens believe he's the Enemy - the god who drowned the world - come again to cause untold chaos. Only Ellie, a fearless young inventor living in a workshop crammed with curiosities, believes he's innocent.

But the Enemy can take possession of any human body and the ruthless Inquisition are determined to destroy it forever

To save the boy, Ellie must prove who he really is - even if that means revealing her own dangerous secret . . .


  1. I love when a book intended for a younger audience also works for older readers!

    1. I like to try a MG book now and again, they are much less angsty than YA lol

  2. This sounds wonderful, even if it is for younger. I would totally read it!

    1. Less blood and hookups than YA these days, but in any other way YA since ages were strange

  3. A boy washed a shore in a whale.

  4. Sounds really good and perhaps somewhere in between MG and YA. Perhaps they gave no age.

    1. I am sure they said something about how many years since her mum died, but still they felt 18



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