|Posted by BookGirl on November 25, 2013 at 5:10 PM|
Random off topic bit of the day: I wonder what a Kit Kat with a cookies and cream covering would taste like. In other words, I'm hungry.
Isle of Swords by Wayne Thomas Batson
A young man awakens on a beach. A girl fights with her father. And a ruthless pirate is out to kill them all.
The Isle of Swords is about pirates. Most importantly, Captian Declan Ross and his daughter, Anne Ross. Left with the choice of pirating or watching his family starve, Ross chose pirating. He's about as moral as you can get for a pirate- he never kills if he can help it, he always grants quarter, and he only takes from those who can stand the loss. His daughter, Anne, wants to be a captain. Badly. But for now, she'll just be happy if her father will let her officially become one of the crew. There are more members of the crew, including Jules, Red Eye, Stede, Jacques and Nubby. (Red Eye is my favorite.) They find a young man, Cat on a beach, beaten almost to death. They pick him up and take him with them. Some monks give them a human map to the Isle of Swords, a famed place of great treasure. Unfortunatly, THE most ruthless pirate of the seas, Bartholomew Thorne, is after them. And he will stop at nothing.
I found this book very enjoyable. The author is Christian, and (spoiler alert!) later in the series (and some in this one) the characters become Christians too. It's got just the right amount of action, but one scene feels a bit like the author had a movie in mind when he wrote it. While I read this, I was totally engrossed. It's got a few stereotypes, a girl and dad with relationship issues, a boy and dad with relationship issues, but it also breaks quite a few stereotypes. And the stereotypes that are there are barely noticeable, and created in a new way, so you barely-if ever-notice they are there. I also find that with a lot of books and more movies, they have heavy action parts at the expense of the story. This book is not one. On the contrary, when the action happens, the plot is strenthened. The story is fabulous!
I'd like to see this book made into a movie, and I love the other book in the series. Wayne Thomas Batson is one of my favorite authors, and this is one of my favorite books.
Possible cautions: This is a pirate book, after all. Violent (but not too violent) acts abound, mostly sword fights and cannon fire. Anne and Cat come apon torture victims, but the description is limited to a few sentences and not overdone. People violently prone to nightmares and younger children should steer clear, but it's an enjoyable ride nontheless. Smooth sailing for everyone!