Emily Foster’s 2016 The Drowning Eyes is a standalone secondary-universe fantasy.
Town after town has been sacked by the Dragon Ships. Widespread paranoia is cutting into the good ship Giggling Goat’s business; it’s much harder for Tazir to find passengers willing to book passage.
Still, no matter the danger, there is always someone anxious enough to pay well for transport across risky waters. It could be “runaway bride,” “person looking for a lost relative,” or “murderer who needs to get away from the scene of the crime.” Tazir’s recruiting efforts pay off in the form of a young girl named Shina. She seems naïve and harmless, needs to travel quickly, and is willing to pay an impressively large fee.
All is not quite as it seems.