For Compass Rose, a secret mission aboard a mercenary ship brings an unexpected conflagration of adventure, danger, and romance.
Rose was born facing due north, with an inherent perception of cardinal points flowing through her veins. Her uncanny sense of direction earns her a coveted place among the Archipelago Fleet elite, but it also attracts the attention of Admiral Comita, who sends her on a secret mission deep into pirate territory. Accompanied by a ragtag crew of mercenaries and under the command of Miranda, a captain as alluring as she is bloodthirsty, Rose discovers the hard way that even the best sense of direction won’t be enough to keep her alive if she can’t learn to navigate something far more dangerous than the turbulent seas. Aboard the mercenary ship, Man o’ War, Rose learns quickly that trusting the wrong person can get you killed—and Miranda’s crew have no intention of making things easy for her—especially the Captain’s trusted first mate, Orca, who is as stubborn as she is brutal.
This swashbuckling 26th-century adventure novel is smart, colorful and quirky, yet it manages to deliver a healthy dose of heart, humor, and humility on every single page.
Awards and Honors
2019 Golden Crown Literary Society, Short List, Ann Bannon Award
2019 Golden Crown Literary Society Awards, Short List, Debut Novel Category
2019 Golden Crown Literary Society Awards, Short List, Science-Fiction/Fantasy Category
“A sparkling, impossible-to-put-down addition to the lesbian pirate genre, complete with underwater peril, brutal sailors, and a sexy but dangerous pirate named Miranda.” —CATHERINE FRIEND, author of A Pirate’s Heart and Spark
“Damn, Anna Burke captures the allure of the alpha-like no one else! So powerful. So tormented. I’m still swooning.” —KARELIA STETZ-WATERS, author of Worth the Wait
“I found the writing intriguing, the tone and energy were different to the standard lesfic novel, and I don’t remember reading anything quite like this in the sci-fi fantasy genre; definitely a new voice and a unique style.” —Curve Magazine
“Compass Rose is a great seafaring saga full of rich characters, with an engaging plot that will leave you ready for the sequel.” —JERRY WHEELER, Out in Print
“Anna Burke has created a real gem with Compass Rose, one that fans of sci-fi, and specifically climate fiction, should not miss.” —Gay Sonoma
“The world building was excellent with huge attention to detail, the characters are well drawn and varied, the descriptions vivid and colourful and the action was extremely fast-paced and multi-faceted, it felt like reading an action sci-fi movie—and what a wonderful movie it would make.” —VELVET LOUNGER, The Lesbian Reading Room
“Not only is Anna Burke in possession of a fine gift for writing in general but also add to that her sensitivity to writing fantasy fiction in which the main characters are women.’ —GRADY HARP, San Francisco Review of Books
“[Burke] weaves in beautiful prose atop a complicated plot and creative futuristic world. Really, this writing was captivating and rich in details.” —KD RYE, The Lesbian 52
“Anna Burke has created a real gem with Compass Rose, one that fans of SciFi, and specifically climate fiction, should not miss. That this is Burke’s first book is also kind of incredible, because her talent is evident on every page. This is one author to watch since she’s sure to delight us with more weird and wonderful stories for years to come.” —TARA SCOTT, Lambda Literary Review
“It is hard to believe that this is a first novel in that the prose is excellent throughout and the idea for the plot is quite brilliant.” —AMOS LASSEN, Amos Lassen Reviews
“The ability to tell a plausible story—set in a futuristic world of high adventure and intrigue—and still successfully shock the reader is a true testament to Burke’s writing skills.” —CARLEEN SPRY, Frivolous Views
“The beauty of this book is that even in this imaginary world we can see humanity at its best and worst. Ms. Burke’s use of nautical metaphors is beautiful and poetic.” —GABY MAURINO, Lez Review Books
“If I was going to limit myself to one new book this year, Compass Rose would be that book.” —VICTORIA THOMAS, The Lesbian Review
ANNA BURKE graduated from Smith College with degrees in English Literature and Studio Art. She was the inaugural recipient of the Sandra Moran Scholarship for the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Writing Academy and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College. She wrote Compass Rose, her debut novel while living on a small island in the West Indies. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her wife and their two dogs. You can learn more about her at www.annahburke.com.