The world of Sinner’s Isle is one where magic, and the Majestics that wield it, is fiercely coveted. Majestics are imprisoned on Sinner’s Isle, waiting to be sold and bound to the highest bidder once they come of age. Rosalinda, a wielder of shadow magic, is the strongest Majestic in known history and meant to be the crown jewel of the fast approaching Offering ceremony. But Rosa has other plans— plans that Mariano, the Prince of Pirates stranded without a ship, could either help make possible or derail entirely. Driven by a diverse cast of characters, Montoya’s debut is utterly original and absolutely enchanting—perfect for anyone looking for an adventure who can’t resist a pair of fated mates.
A spellbinding romantic fantasy about a powerful witch who will do anything to escape the remote island she’s being held captive on, including blackmail a notorious, charming pirate who washes up on shore, from debut author Angela Montoya.
Rosalinda is trapped on Sinner’s Isle, an island filled with young women like her—Majestics, beautiful witches loathed by society for their dangerous magic yet revered by powerful men who want to use them.
For years, she has been kept under the watchful, calculating eye of Doña Lucia. Now eighteen, Rosa will be the prized commodity at this year’s Offering, a fiesta for the wealthy to engage in drink, damsels, and debauchery. That is why she must flee—before someone forces the vicious phantoms within her to destroy everything she touches.
Handsome, swashbuckling Mariano has long sailed the high seas as the Prince of Pirates. Then the king’s fleet attacks his father’s infamous ship, leaving him marooned on Sinner’s Isle with only an enchanted chain meant to lead him to his heart’s desire. Instead, he falls into the hands of a brazen (although) bewitching headache—Rosa.
Together they must outwit each other and their enemies before the Offering ends and it’s too late to escape the perils of Sinner’s Isle.
About the Author
Angela Montoya lives in Northern California with her family. She is the granddaughter of the celebrated activist and poet laureate Jose Montoya. When she isn’t with her partner, two children, goats, chickens, and dogs, you can find Angela co-hosting Of the Publishing Persuasion.
“Sinner’s Isle is a dazzling debut with magic, pirates, sea monsters, and a steamy star-crossed romance. Angela Montoya’s charming and diverse crew of characters will sweep you off your feet as they take you on an adventure full of magic and mayhem.” —Aiden Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Cemetery Boys and The Sunbearer Trials
“Steeped in enchantments, fierce friendships, a lush new world to discover, and a sizzling romance that is bound to steal your heart, Sinner’s Isle is a jewel of a story. A swashbuckling, magical adventure.” —Rebecca Ross, New York Times bestselling author of Divine Rivals
“Sinner’s Isle is the perfect blend of romance and adventure with a cast of characters that you’ll be rooting for long after you close the pages. Be prepared to laugh, swoon, and cry in equal measure.” —Margie Fuston, author of Cruel Illusions
“I loved this adventure set on high seas and magical isles, of star-crossed love between a headstrong witch and a dashing pirate, and of two friends with an unbreakable bond. What a refreshing, visceral experience—you can't help but devour this tale, smiling and cheering for our heroes the entire way through.” —Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Stars and Smoke
“A lush, unapologetically swoony tale of romance and adventure, Sinner’s Isle stole my heart from the very first page and never let it go.” —Lyssa Mia Smith, author of Revelle
“Angela Montoya’s Sinner’s Isle tugged at my heartstrings. This gorgeous debut will make you swoon as Rosa and Mariano embark on individual journeys to reclaim what was ruthlessly stolen from them while also navigating a love that heals better than bloodthirst and revenge.” —Amparo Ortiz, author of Last Sunrise in Eterna
“A dashing adventure with a lively cast of characters and dangerous magic!” —Emily Thiede, author ofThis Vicious Grace
★ "A swashbuckling, swoonworthy standout." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ "Montoya skillfully steeps this meticulously built mythical world in Latin American folklore and amorous atmosphere, making for a hopeful and deeply romantic adventure following one courageous girl’s fight to choose her own path." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Montoya weaves elements of Mexican Folklore and magic into an intriguing tale that will make willing captives of its audience." —Booklist
“Montoya sets a brisk, thrilling pace and breathes life into a rich fantasy filled with side characters as deep and lovable as its leads. [A] romantic, swashbuckling adventure perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo.” —The Bulletin