'The only weapon Dance has is her name.
'When pirates threaten the tiny hidden island of Luar, Dance knows her home has only one hope of survival: the magical monsters that killed her twin sister.
'Dance loses her friends one by one as she attempts to prepare her strange apprentices for the showdown between monsters and pirates. Can she do it alone?
'The Monster’s Apprentice is a powerful story of looking at the world differently and finding an answer in an unexpected place.'
Source: Publisher's blurb.
'Princess Ana is trapped in her own home, unable to leave the castle walls to avoid a fever that is plaguing Ratu Island. Her mother, devastated after the death of Ana's father, has hardened, resolving to keep her crown rather than acquiesce the kingdom to her son.
'The only person who might be able to change the queen's mind is Ana's grandmother, Sol - who just happens to be a murderous pirate. Ana's beloved Auntie Livina hatches a plan to send Ana to seek out Sol, while also keeping her out of reach of the deadly fever. Ana is thrilled for her newfound freedom, but terrified about meeting her grandmother. What if she's beyond reform? What if she tries to kill Ana?' (Publication summary)