Review – Sea Witch by Helen Hollick

img_1849I have to confess that lately I have developed a little soft spot for pirates. It actually started a few years ago when I spent some time in the Caribbean and Central America. That area of the world abounds with stories about pirates. Then came the absolutely wonderful TV series Black Sails and its references to the great novel, Treasure Island…

So when I came across this series of pirate tales, I had to give it a try.

Sea Witch is the first book about the adventures of Captain Jesemiah Acorne and adventures they are. Reading this book took me back to my early love of swashbuckling films and of stories such as he prisoner of Zenda and Man in the Iron Mask. It’s an exhilarating tale of love, off and on the high seas.

In the author’s notes she states that she has taken some small liberties with details and dates but the narrative feels very well researched with nautical terms and references freely being used. Very cleverly, these terms enhance the story and never feel forced or clumsy.

This first in the series shows the reader how Jesemiah became a pirate and gives a real flavour of what dangers were faced by such a lifestyle. It also illustrates the hardships for everyone living in the far outposts of the world as it was in the 1700’s.

There is a ‘mystical’ element to the story which, just through personal preference, would usually put me off but actually in this case the magic is woven well into the main story and didn’t distract.

Sea Witch is good tale, well told and a thoroughly enjoyable read.


7 thoughts on “Review – Sea Witch by Helen Hollick

  1. Carl D'Agostino

    Perhaps change name of ship ? The Sea Witch was a cargo carrying clipper ship of first half of 17th Century like the Cutty Sark and Thermopylae. No guns or pirates. Just the fastest sailing ships ever built. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Halloween.


    1. wendyunsworth Post author

      Ah! As a reader I had no idea about the name of the ship. It certainly didn’t spoil the enjoyment for me and I did feel that the author had researched her subject well. I admire writers of any historical work greatly as there’s is so much to understand and get right.
      Thanks for your visit too!



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