In 1823, Tory Lightfoot runs away from Boston's soul-stifling Worthen Academy for Women, seeking freedom that she knows she'll never find there - only to be captured by pirates! She quickly takes to the life of an outlaw, joining the buccaneers as they plunder ships and dodge the pirate-hunting American "West India Squadron." But it is her heart that tests her character and ability to survive. First there is Matt, a handsome gentleman's-son-turned-pirate out to prove himself on his own terms. There's also Jack, her mentor, who reluctantly helps her adapt to the brigand's life.
Character Development: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Total Score: 66/70
Cussing: Frequent throughout, though no extremely bad words.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Quite a bit of drinking, drunkedness, and alcoholism. But it didn't play a very big part of the story.
Sexual Content: For mature audiences only. Several very detailed/graphic scenes, lots of ribald talk and such, detailed accounts of nudity, both male and female, and many mentions of whoring and rape.
Disturbing images/Violence: Relatively little violence for a pirate book. Just your average beatings and combat.
I am in love with this book.
No, seriously. It was awesome. Such an adventure, it was, full of romance and piracy and danger in the most stimulating, brilliant way possible! The author writes with a deep respect for all people--white, black, Spanish--and a feminist voice. Her seafaring knowledge was astounding, though the writing was not so full of marine terms that it took away from the beautiful flow of the voice.
Tory was a character whose strength, determination, and tenacity I envy. She truly is a woman to be reckoned with. Her decisions, whether wise or not, are nothing if not believable. And the pirates--wow. Each one is unique, a fully developed character, and each has their own essential role in the plot. While the romance takes a while to develop, don't give up! It is most certainly worth it in the end. :-)
The most powerful part of this novel is most definitely the truth with which it was written. Adventure and romance are one thing, but the emotion-provoking prose contained in these pages is an altogether different story. If you crave an epic journey on the high seas full of every kind of historical woe imaginable, pick up this book, where every page is imbibed with danger, suspense, and excitement!