I 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.