So, I read this one around Talk Like a Pirate Day (Arrg!) and didn’t get around to writing the review until just now. Bad me.
I didn’t really go into steel with very high expectations, but that may have been why I enjoyed it. (The book doesn’t have great Goodreads reviews).
Jill, our main character is a fencer, but recently is questioning whether she’s really having trouble with the sport, and loses to her arch Nemesis in a tournament. She starts to question weather this is something she wants to continue to do as her family sets off on a relaxing vacation to the Caribbean.
While there, Jill discovers part of a broken sword on the beach, gets thrown overboard, and is suddenly sucked through time and lands on a pirate ship where she has two choices. Join the crew, or be thrown overboard.
Overall, it felt a little too short for me. I finished it in about a day! There are some points where the book is a little slow, but there’s some great action packed moments, and a hint of magic. The tag line mentions romance, but I certainly didn’t find any.
It isn’t a true ‘historical novel’, but the author obviously did her research about pirate ships, swabbing the deck, food, slave routes and other historical elements. It’s certainly not a history book, but I did learn some cool stuff from it!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Carrie Vaughn was born into a military family and has lived all over the U.S. She received a BA from Occidental College, after which she went on to work too many jobs to count until she went back to school to receive her MA from University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently lives in Boulder, CO.