My rating: 4 of 5 stars
once again, most excellent popcorn! this tale of the Gentlemen Bastards takes a nautical turn, including pirates! pirates! and the most bad-ass of all the pirates is a single mother!
you gotta love it.
this one is a bit less light-hearted than its predecessor, but is no less page-turning for it. there’s treachery, skullduggery, and sudden reversals of fortune aplenty. along with the witty banter and the amazing derring-do.
but again, in this book, our heroes make mistakes, grievous ones, and pay for them dearly…
only one quibble with this book: no, Mr. Lynch, you can’t set up a betrayal in the prologue that isn’t actually a betrayal. you’ve set up the reader for too much emotion just to say, “ha, sorry, kidding.” that’s cheap, and readers don’t like to be manipulated that way.
other than that, weigh anchor (i think that’s how you say, lift up the thing?) and prepare for high seas!