Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
over raging tides (Jennifer Ellision)
Title: over raging tides
Author: Jennifer Ellision
Publication Date: Available Now! (paperback/ebook)
When I saw the heading “A Lady Pirates Novel” well of course I had to check this one out. A pirate ship crewed by all women? Well, now that floats me boat. Arrr!! This be a fun and fast little romp.
This story follows Grace Porter, the first mate of the ship, Lady Luck. She has been searching for a way to avenge her mother ever since her mother was stolen away by denizens of the deep. So when rumors of a magic map reach the ears of the ship, the women go off in search of adventure and treasure. Only Grace has a different use of said map in mind.
This be light and fluffy. The main character, Grace, is fun but rather obstinate and seemingly thoughtless at times. I did like all the crew but found all of them to be rather shallow in depth. I also wanted a story of women having adventures without men involved. But of course forbidden men are brought on board from the very first page and a very probable romance begins to develop. I did manage to get over it and become involved in the story.
The plot had some rather interesting elements. Who doesn’t love fighting sea monsters, a female Code of Conduct written by and for the women, and a mysterious map? Add in some diversity in terms of sexual identity that, while not the focus, was nice to see. Those were the highlights. The plot also had some predictable points including many of the romance elements, some political/class issues, and pretty much everything about the bad guys. Seriously the crew should have spotted the bad apples from a mile away. But most of all it just felt underdeveloped.
But I didn’t really mind as it was exactly the type of readin’ I was in the mood for. I even enjoyed the cliffhanger ending which normally makes me crazy. So overall I grant this be a positive experience and I do want to read the next book to find out what happens to Grace next!
Goodreads has this to say about the book:
The pirate crew of the Lady Luck lives by many rules, but chief among them is this: they do not allow men on board.
That’s a rule that quartermaster Grace Porter is willing to break when a shipwrecked young nobleman offers her information of an omniscient map, stolen from his warship by an enemy vessel. Until now, the map was only the stuff of legend… but with its help, Grace may finally be able to hunt down the Mordgris, the sea monsters who stole her mother away from her.
Unfortunately, some members of her crew have other plans…
To find the map and face the Mordgris, Grace will have to confront her past, put the Luck between warring nations, and uncover treachery aboard the ship. And ultimately, her revenge and the destruction of the Mordgris will come at a hefty price: the betrayal of her crew.
Grace promised them they wouldn’t regret this.
She just isn’t sure that she won’t.
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