On the Horizon – the outlaws scarlett and browne (Jonathan Stroud)

Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this young adult fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

Title: the outlaws scarlett and browne

Author: Jonathan Stroud

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books 

Publication Date: Available Now!!! (hardcover/e-book)

ISBN:  978-0593430361

Source:  NetGalley

Book Cover

I am a huge fan of this author and love his work.  I was thrilled to hear about this new series.  The novel takes place in a dystopian England with a western flair.  Civilization is held in a loose collection of cities and the wilderness is a scary place of blighted landscapes and creatures.

At home in this wilderness is a gal named Scarlett who is wanted pretty much everywhere for robbery and assorted crimes.  She fierce and stubborn and awesome.  She happens to come across a boy named Albert Browne who is basically a walking accident waiting to happen.  He is sensitive and dreamy-eyed and never sees the danger even as it is about to eat him.  Against her better sense of self-preservation, Scarlett helps Browne.  Her world implodes and she just knows that boy is hiding something.

The best thing about this novel is the juxtaposition between Scarlet’s sass and Browne’s wishing to view the world at its best.  The banter and development of the relationship between the two is pure entertainment.  Then ye have the world itself with the dangers of both creatures and people alike.  I loved the world building and the characters even if there are more answers than questions.

I can’t wait to find out more!  Arrr!

So lastly . . .

Thank you Random House!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

Scarlett McCain is an outlaw, a bank robber and a sharp shooter–a girl of formidable skills. Fueled by a tragic injustice in her past, she travels the broken kingdoms of England alone, carrying out daring heists in the surviving towns and fending off monstrous beasts in the wilds outside their fortified walls. Her life is dangerous, free, and simple–until she finds a wrecked bus on a lonely road. Albert Browne, the sole survivor of the accident, is a seemingly innocent and harmless youth. Against her better judgement, Scarlett agrees to escort him to safety.

This is a mistake. They are soon pursued by men with dogs and guns and explosives. Scarlett is used to running from the law, but these trackers are the most skilled she’s ever encountered–and they don’t seem to be after her. Just who is this Albert Browne Scarlett must uncover his shocking secrets if either of them are going to survive.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Jonathan Stroud – Author

To buy the novel visit:

the outlaws scarlett and browne – Book 1

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

the screaming staircase – book 1 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)
the whispering skull – book 2 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)
the hollow boy – book 3 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)
the creeping shadow – book 4 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)
the empty grave – book 5 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)
the bartimaeus trilogy (Second Reflections – YA Fantasy)

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