Publisher: Carina Press
Date published: June 18th, 2012
Obtained via Publisher
Reviewed by Helen
Van Gast is a privateer, one of the very best, but the ruler of Estovan plans to permanently end his career. The ruler’s son has even worse plans for Van Gast. Josie, another privateer, is the love of Van Gast’s life, but their relationship is more than complicated, although he thinks maybe she cares for him, at least a little. Unfortunately, they’re both so busy stealing a living, and teasing the Yelen, while trying to avoid being caught, they haven’t got much time for anything else right now.
I struggled to get into this book. For a start, the hero on the cover looks very young, which doesn’t fit the hero in the story. But even worse, the heroine in the book has white blonde dreadlocks whereas the one on the cover has shoulder-length light brown hair. (Half way through the book she dyes her hair light brown. But I didn’t know that until then.)
This is a mixture of fantasy, magic, pirates, ships, stolen jewels, and a heroine harder to catch than any fish and twice as smart as the rulers of the kingdom. The swashbuckling hero is every woman’s dream bad-boy, and a whole lot of fun as well, thanks to his outlook on life. A fascinating world full of fantasy, yet semi historical, overlaid with twenty-first century ideas and words and a whole lot of magic. The combination is enthralling, but at times annoying. The ruler handing out “invites” for example, might have come straight off Facebook, yet definitely did not fit this semi-historical world. However, a yummy pirate is pretty hard to ignore, and the world Ms. Knight has created is truly enticing.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.