Hearty har har me mateys! Time to hear about a fellow grand and glorious sea dog . . .
blacksouls (Nicole Castroman)
Author: Nicole Castroman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing
Publication Date: April 11, 2017 (hardback/e-book)
If ye haven’t read the first book in this series, blackhearts, then ye might want to skip this post and go read the first book. Worth the read. If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .
So I am assuming most of me readers have heard of the fearsome Blackbeard who sailed the waters of the West Indies on the Queen Anne’s Revenge. The first book sets up the “true” story of how Anne, a half West Indies / half English daughter of a respected merchant and the young Blackbeard (known at the time as Edward Drummond) meet and fall in love.
The second novel continues their story outside of Bristol, England and heads seaward to the Caribbean, mate! While I loved the first book and it’s forays into Blackbeard’s beginnings and how some of the myths surrounding him started, not much of it involved the sea. It was more of the story of how Blackbeard ending up having to go to the Caribbean.
This novel begins with Anne on the sea dealing with a dead man and continued to be a non-stop rollickin’ adventure. I devoured this in one sitting and loved every moment. From sea battles, to political intrigue, pirate code, treachery, and swashbucklin’, I found this to be the real pirate tale that I be cravin’. Arrrrr!
Both Anne and Blackbeard continue to be fun characters to follow. Feisty, spunky Anne be me favorite in particular. Add in excellent friendships, other pirates, and what life was like in Nassau, and I be hooked.
The author continued her entertaining portrayal of what Blackbeard’s life could have been like and how he turned “pirate” so to speak. I mean maybe it happened this way . . . who can say. Me mateys should definitely read this.
Side note: This was the author’s second novel. Still an excellent taste in choice of subject matter. Brilliant job.
So lastly . . .
Thank you Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing!
The author’s website says this about the novel:
Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.
Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.
Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.
Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.
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